Respawn Entertainment’s sudden release of Apex Legends – a battle royale Titanfall spin-off – has come as something of a surprise. Well, kind of. It was leaked before its release, but the surprise is that Respawn went with this instead of a full-blown Titanfall 3.
According to Respawn Entertainment’s Drew McCoy, the studio isn’t actively working on Titanfall 3. Speaking to Eurogamer, McCoy said “there are some people who think there are too many battle royale games or it’s a fad, the world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making.”
That’s pretty much from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. It’s a shame, really, as Titanfall 2 was a spectacular game that was, unfortunately, overlooked due to some poor decisions around its release date.
What’s odd, though, is that Titanfall 3 was apparently in development at one point. When EA bought Respawn Entertainment there was word that the contracts written up included bonuses tied to the Metacritic performances of a Star Wars game and Titanfall 3. At some point the game has been abandoned and in its place we’ve got Apex Legends.
McCoy also opened up on why Apex Legends was released without all the pre-release hype that normally accompanies a new game from a respected studio. According to McCoy, the idea was to put the game out there into the hands of gamers and let it speak for itself.
“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.”
Sounds to me like even Respawn Entertainment knows that EA and loot boxes aren’t good company. Here’s hoping the game turns out to be decent, for the sake of the studio and the players who will inevitably invest in the game.