While Titanfall 2 managed to impress critics when it launched last year, it didn’t quite live up to publisher EA’s lofty sales expectations given its odd release window of being sandwiched between two first-person shooter juggernauts’ Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
In spite of that, though, it seems fans can expect Titanfall 3 at some point in the future — unless Respawn Entertainment drops the numbered releases. In an interview with GameSpot, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella mentioned that it’s very important for the studio to keep the Titanfall franchise going, and that they’re “heavily invested” in the Titanfall universe.
GameSpot: I’d be remiss not to mention this, but one thing that was talked about in the wake of Titanfall 2’s launch was how crowded the 2016 holiday season. While Titanfall 2 seemed to have fallen short in sales compared to the original, the community is still present and accounted for. Do you have comments about how last year’s sales season went?
Vince Zampella: The game was successful, it sold well, but it didn’t quite sell as well as it should have. Maybe because it was super crowded, the pricing was aggressive–it was a rough window to launch our game. But we’ve got a really great fanbase. There’s not really much negativity or acidity compared to other communities, so I’m very thankful for that. It’s important for us to keep the franchise going. “We’re doing more Titanfall,” which is the quote I’m supposed to say. We have our franchise creative director, who’s in charge of safeguarding the franchise in multiple formats and making sure it continues to grow. There’s some other things we’re doing that haven’t been announced just yet, but we’re heavily invested in the Titanfall universe.
In another part of the interview, Zampella essentially book-ended the post-launch content for Titanfall 2. In case you didn’t know, the latest content update for the shooter brought in the Frontier Defense game mode, along with a bunch of new character skins, maps, balance tweaks and more.
GameSpot: So with Frontier Defense out the door, can we expect to see more Titanfall 2 content like this after the release of the Ultimate Edition?
VZ: Probably not. We want to work on new stuff.
Regardless whether we get new Titanfall 2 DLC or not, it’s been one heck of a ride. Let’s hope that Respawn’s regular (and free!) content updates will be part of other shooters’ post-launch plans moving forward.
Are you expecting Titanfall 3 to happen soon? Do you think it will sell better than TF2 if it’s given its own proper release window?