In the latest example of a game being slowly erased from history, it’s now all but impossible to buy a copy of the original Titanfall.
When Titanfall was first released in 2014, as an Xbox console exclusive, it was with the hope that it would be a major new franchise, that would be seen as the spiritual successor to Call Of Duty – since developer Respawn was made up of many veterans of Modern Warfare creator Infinity Ward.
Although a critical success it was only a minor hit, but it managed to spawn a sequel and inspire the much more successful Apex Legends, which is set in the same universe.
If you’d like to try it out though your options for doing so are now extremely limited, as from December 1 the game has been removed from digital stores and will be removed from all subscription services from March 2022.
If you’ve still got a physical copy, or can find an unsold one in shops or on eBay, you can still play the game, as Respawn has said they’re keeping the service running, since the game does still have a small band of dedicated players.
Exactly why Respawn are doing all this though is not clear, as unlike games like Forza Motorsport 7, which was removed from sale after just four years, there are no licencing issues that make it impossible to keep Titanfall on sale.
The reason is probably the DDoS attacks that have plagued the game over the last year or so, which in turn caused Titanfall fans to attack Apex Legends to complain. That was likely the catalyst for this month’s decision, with Respawn all but washing their hands of the game.
The one piece of good news in all this is that in announcing the move Respawn has hinted at more games in the future.
‘Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue’, they said on Twitter. ‘Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the calibre of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn.’
There have been rumours of a Titanfall 3 for years now, but whether that’s what Respawn is hinting at is not clear – although they do seem to make it clear that they’re not just talking about more Apex Legends.
At the moment it’s assumed they’re busy working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2, even though the game has never been officially announced, but it seems unlikely they could work on that, Apex Legends, and a third game all at the same time.
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