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What was once Titanfall 3 has become Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game that launched today. In other words, a third Titanfall is not currently in development, despite the critical acclaim for the first two.

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At a press event for Apex Legends, Respawn producer Drew McCoy told Eurogamer that Titanfall 3 wasn’t happening. “The world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not - this is what we’re making,” he said. “To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like, ‘Let the game speak for itself’ - it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems. We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that - let’s just ship the game and let players play.”

It’s one hell of a revelation, as we learned that Titanfall 3 was indeed in development during the fall of 2017, when publisher Electronic Arts purchased Respawn for many millions of dollars. At the time, as I reported this past Saturday, a source told me that the third Titanfall was under way and that the studio was looking to get it out as quickly as possible, for fear of it looking and feeling dated if it came out too much later than 2018 (thanks to its use of the Valve-created Source engine). I speculated that either A) this was a stopgap en route to a proper Titanfall 3 or B) whatever work was done on Titanfall 3 has become Apex Legends.

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The answer, it appears, is B, which will come as sad news to anyone who thought Titanfall 2's campaign was as brilliant as Kotaku did.

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DISCUSSION

Titanfall 2 had the best single-player campaign of any shooter in the last ten years, hands down.

It’s disappointing that they’ve decided to go the F2P Battle Royale shooter route for the latest iteration of Titanfall, but the market doesn’t really lie—people seem to love games of that type. I’m not one of those people, but if that’s where the money is, then it’s reasonable for companies to try to chase it.

That said, I don’t think Titanfall’s entry into the BR arena is going to net them that sweet, sweet Fortnite money—but who knows.

...I’ll just sit here and continue to wait for the Master Chief collection to hit PC, and play Halo: CE over and over again when it does (and yes, I have the original PC version, but it’d be nice to get the updated engine and soforth).