Titanfall Developer Thinking About Free-To-Play, Mobile

Respawn discusses its plans for the future, such as moving into the free-to-play space.

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Following the success of Titanfall, its debut game which has become the best-selling Xbox One game to date, Respawn is looking forward to new projects. Although the studio is staying tight-lipped, it did let slip in an interview with CVG a few details about where it is turning its attention.

Earlier this month, Respawn hired veteran game designer Stig Asmussen. The designer, who worked on the God of War trilogy, is now game director at the Titanfall developer. In the interview, Respawn COO Dusty Welch revealed that Asmussen was not brought on just to help with Titanfall. "I can tell you that part of his role here is thinking about how the studio can expand and where the growth sectors are in free-to-play and mobile," Zampella explained. "Looking at those possibilities is part of what we do."

Respawn is looking to expand in the console space, as well. Although the first Titanfall was only on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, rumors have surfaced that the sequel is in development for the PlayStation 4. Although nothing official has been stated yet, Zampella confirmed that the company is including the PS4 as it plans for the future. "As we go forward," Welch said, "we will of course consider all of the platforms that make sense for our games. So there's nothing in the short term, but certainly PS4 is something we're looking at in the future."

GameSpot thought that Titanfall was great when it came out in March. One DLC pack for the game was released in May and two more will launch soon. A significant patch introducing two game modes and weapon tweaks also has begun rolling out, with the first of the new modes going live today.

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Discussion

67 comments
TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

I really don't see why any of you are surprised.


If EA is involved, nothing good will come of it.


What do they have to do to get you to realize this?

You should know better by now.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

In a new interview, Zampella said "this is my long time dream, to become irrelevant, and i think f2p will help me accomplish that"


Now we know why Jason West left Respawn before any release, he knew how crappy everything would turn out.

thegroveman
thegroveman

Your Titan is Ready (in 6 hours) or pay 3 COINS and Your Titan is Ready NOW

1 COIN = $0.99

Zombrex
Zombrex

I can definately see Titanfall as a FTP game and I wouldn't care. Mind you, as long as the FTP model is supported by purchasable XP boosts or cosmetic items, as all FTP game SHOULD be. I hate that the FTP model has gotten such a negative connotation in the last couple years because other games have abused it.

golden1elite
golden1elite

Free to play is Garb@ge and real gamers do not touch that $@%T.

seanwil545
seanwil545

Geez...these guys are all over the funkin map. How about focusing on finishing the job you started with Titanfall.

Talk of Titanfall 2, Possible Single-Player for Titanfall, F2P...ugh

vadagar1
vadagar1

how does one go from making real games to mobile bile infested games??!!!

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

And this is why they will never beat their rival, Call of Duty. At least Call of Duty devs don't get bored on the toilet and start thinking about **** this stupid.

wallacom
wallacom

Free to play is usually games that are pay to win, I mean I dont mind paying for some games, as long as its not insanely expensive like PS now services.

rheaburton
rheaburton

C'mon respawn if you do free to play at least have the option to buy the game outright.

Ea I'm talking about games like theme park, how can you make me wait REAL days for the game to build a ride but if I pay it can be done in a instance, such bs, if you charged 10 for it and all was unlocked, you would have your money.

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

How about you get your games to work first.  I played the PC version of Titanfall during the 2 day trial weekend.  First night it played amazing.  Origin offered it for about 30% off or whatever it was.  2nd night, the game would load, it would just stay at the loading screen after the main menu forever.  Turns out, on the Origin forums, other people had the same issues.  3rd night, same problem.  I didn't buy the game, despite it now being 50% off.  Glad I stay away from Origin. 

Not only that, I bought Call of Duty Ghosts on Steam the other day, out of spite. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Disgusting.  Titanfall *was* published by EA, now you know why.

hobotech64
hobotech64

If not free-to-play, make the game cheaper!  I played the PC free trial during the weekend, it's a good game, but not worth the full price compared to most shooters on the market.  The so-called "campaign" mode is not worth any money.

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

DON'T YOU DARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pick a price, I will pay it, just please no pay to win crap. Not with a great IP like Titanfall. Please just don't. 

Pewbert
Pewbert

Free to Play = if you play for free you will be crippled to the point of not bothering to play.

handofkain
handofkain

Great. Now imagine Diablo 3 getting to the f2p market too...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Where is the news article about Respawn screwing us with the recent update. They left out Wingman and it says "limited availability..," under the Marked for Death mode. What gives?!

FYI: the Marked for Death mode is dumb as hell. There is no sense of strategy or even a cohesive point to it. Every 3 seconds the VIPs die (unless you're already in a Titan) , so it's no fun being one. They should have just did it once per round.

sirk1264
sirk1264

Respawn, if you go free to play, I will not play any more of your games. The whole free to play bull crap is the reason why I don't game on mobile. I want the entire package for one price.

hugh1966
hugh1966

Being at the mercy of external servers really kills Titanfall. It's great to play in the few times when I can actually get a game, but many times the servers can't find enough players to match up. 


If it was playable offline, or in a local area network, it would sell a whole lot more.

rjh_24
rjh_24

keep this game an xbox exclusive 

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Well considering tf feels like a f2p this is only logical

juboner
juboner

Another good reason I have not purchased a true next gen console yet.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Listen to crytek. They said free to play is the future, look how that worked out for them.

Ashbfc
Ashbfc

We really need another video game crash, it's the only thing that's gonna sort the industry out.

starhowl
starhowl

Yeah, maybe it's best for all of us if you go there.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@vadagar1 Easy - get MS to sign on to your exclusive first game, make said game, have it suck.   Job done.

rheaburton
rheaburton

This doesn't refer to titanfall on mobile? More like angry titans or candyfall crush.

-blaklabel-
-blaklabel-

@handofkain pfff trololol, blizz are wiser than that, dont even try to shoot that crap again, its more like COD was going F2P maybe, fucktard -.-

toddx77
toddx77

@hugh1966 I don't know why so many people say they have trouble finding enough players.  I never have trouble finding a full match.  If I am placed in a game where the teams aren't full they are full by the time the match is over.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Make it a Playstation exclusive instead. Get this **** off my console.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

@Ashbfc Would be nice if everyone could get their minds right without another crash for once.

hobotech64
hobotech64

@wallacom @hobotech64 To be honest, I was blinded by Steam sales.  Too late now.

Also, I see no reason for this to take up 50 gigs of my hard drive space.

handofkain
handofkain

@-blaklabel- @handofkain I see fan boy crap got here faster than usual. Chill down, I just said "imagine". And from what I see, every blizzard game is going to turn into a cash cow, so not so different than CoD. It's logical too, given who holds the decision 

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@Thanatos2k @R4gn4r0k So many companies are always tempted by the 'big money' something can make, but they never quite see the downside...

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@CapnXtraObvious @Ashbfc 

It would be nice, but that is not the way human nature works, unfortunately.


Most of the time, human stupidity is only stopped when it has no choice.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

The base is much bigger on ps4. It's actually bigger on ps3 as well. Doesn't make financial sense to not release on them.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@lrdfancypants no i know that but i have a ps4 and an xbox one but titanfall sux and im about to trade the x1 in of course they would make more money