After Respawn’s community coordinator Jason Garza said that the studio is currently working on “too many other games” to create new content for the Titanfall franchise, Respawn’s social media account seems to be offering a more hopeful take on the future of the series.
After reports highlighting Garza’s comments circulated the internet, Respawn took to Twitter to set the record straight – at least, sort of. “Contrary to what some folks are reporting,” a tweet from the studio (below) reads. “Titanfall is the very core of our DNA. Who knows what the future holds…”
Contrary to what some folks are reporting, Titanfall is the very core of our DNA.
Who knows what the future holds…
— Respawn (@Respawn) September 23, 2021
Garza’s initial comments suggested that any news of upcoming Titanfall content was unlikely, “There’s nothing there. We’ve got too many other games in the works right now,” he said. Last year, when asked by IGN if the Titanfall franchise was over during an interview about the studio’s 10th anniversary, Respawn co-founder issued a similar sentiment. “There’s nothing currently in development. But it’s always there,” he said at the time.
Whether Respawn’s recent comments on Twitter are anything more than a reminder that the company still holds the Titanfall series close to its heart is unclear, however, fans will be hoping that it signifies something more significant.
Since the release of Titanfall 2 in 2016, Respawn has fleshed out a number of other IPs. The studio is currently working on Titanfall spin-off Apex Legends, which sees regular updates. Given the success of Apex, it may be that Titanfall’s future lies within that game – this year’s updates have included overt Titanfall references, after all.
In 2019, the studio also released third-person action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. During an earnings call following the success of Fallen Order EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed that it would be the “first title in an entirely new franchise” for the publisher. If Respawn is considering a return to the core Titanfall series in the future, it would need to be part of an impressive balancing act for the studio, especially as it’s also working in a new single-player game set in a different universe altogether.
At present, Respawn is still investigating rumours of major security vulnerabilities in Titanfall 2 that have caused panic within the community. The concerns, which were raised earlier this month in the form of a screenshot from Discord, claimed that the game had been compromised and warned players against launching the game on PC. All in all, it’s been a long, strange road for Titanfall 2, and it only got stranger when the game was effectively abandoned by its developer.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.