Titanfall Getting More New Modes, But Dev Says It Needs to "Move On" at Some Point
"[A]t a certain point we've got to give some people a break and then think about where we go next."
Respawn Entertainment has a third DLC pack in the works for Titanfall, as well as more free updates--including new game modes--but it's going to have to find a point where it largely moves on from the game, according to community manager Abbie Heppe.
Speaking with OXM during Gamescom earlier this month, Heppe said, "Alongside the paid DLC maps, we have been doing free content updates, with the next one being on I think the 6th? So we do have some plans to release some more free content, we've got some cool new modes on the way. But at a certain point, we are going to have to wind down so that we can move on and do other things."
Heppe noted the number of updates the game has received in the five-plus months since its release, which have added new game modes, burn cards for Titans, the black market, and other new features, in addition to fixes and tweaks. "[S]o, yeah, at a certain point we've got to give some people a break and then think about where we go next," she said.
It's interesting to hear this discussed so openly; while it's inevitable that Respawn will eventually move on, it wasn't long ago that we heard Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella talk about how how he hoped the community would stick around for "a really long time" so that it could continue to support the game. What Heppe said doesn't necessarily mean the community has disappeared, but it's true that it hasn't been consistently huge on all platforms--hence the reason why certain playlists were cut on PC following launch.
Just because Respawn is going to move on from developing new Titanfall content at some point doesn't mean it'll abandon the game completely. "Obviously, if there's anything that totally breaks then yeah, we'll absolutely fix that," Heppe said. "But we're going to have to wind down and then move on. But we still have some cool stuff in the works before that happens."
Titanfall's third DLC pack, entitled IMC Rising, contains three new maps and will, like the previous two, be released for $10 on its own (in addition to being part of the season pass).
As for Respawn's future, EA has already confirmed new Titanfall "experiences" are coming, but what form they will take (and whether they will remain Xbox-exclusive on consoles) is currently unknown. God of War III creative director Stig Asmussen joined the studio not long ago as a game director, and will be helping to expand its horizons, possibly into the free-to-play and mobile spaces.
At what point would you be satisfied with Respawn ceasing development on new Titanfall content? Has it provided enough at this point? Let us know in the comments below.