Titanfall 3 news has been scarce, even with fans clamoring for a sequel to the underappreciated Titanfall 2. We’ve gotten vague assurances that Respawn’s new owner, EA, is committed to the franchise, but other than the fact that Titanfall 3 is in development we don’t have much to go on. Here’s all the info we have on a Titanfall 3 release date, trailer, split-screen multiplayer, co-op, gameplay, and whether it’ll be a direct sequel to Titanfall 2 or not.
Titanfall 3 Release date
Respawn Entertainment has been hard at work on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but could they also be working on Titanfall 3?
Titanfall 2 was released in October of 2016 to positive reception from fans and critics alike. The game didn’t sell as well as EA’s other first-person shooter—Battlefield 1—which released just one week prior. Titanfall 2’s reception and dedicated fanbase, along with Respawn’s big-name founders, saw EA buy Respawn last November. At the time EA and Respawn announced a new title in the Titanfall series, reiterated their Star Wars game was in development and mentioned a VR title.
It is possible that the VR title could be related to Titanfall although that game was announced as an Oculus Studios published game last October. Titanfall 3 will likely be another AAA first-person shooter and will come out after Respawn’s Star Wars project—which itself was only revealed at E3 2018 with a logo. Don’t expect Titanfall 3 anytime in 2019, although 2020 could be a prime time for the title.
Titanfall 3 Platforms
The first Titanfall game released exclusively for Microsoft platforms in 2014. The game was a huge success at the time, although it was limited in scope to a multiplayer-only affair. Titanfall 2 branched out to the PS4 when it released in 2016. That game also added a full single-player campaign.
Titanfall 3 will follow suit and be available across the PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. It is possible that EA and Respawn could bring Titanfall 3 to Switch, although EA’s support of the system has been less than stellar so far. While the Titanfall games have so far used a heavily modified version of Valve’s Source Engine, which dates back to 2004, the additions and modifications to the engine may be difficult to implement on the Switch.
There is also a possibility that Titanfall 3 will be a cross-generation title, seeing release on both current-gen (PS4 / Xbox One) and the next consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
Titanfall 3 Trailer
When Respawn Entertainment does reveal Titanfall 3 to the world, it will use an in-engine trailer. The first teaser for Titanfall 2, for example, was an in-engine trailer showcasing improvements to rendering—and swords for titans. It featured voice-over work that teased that game’s single-player campaign. Titanfall 3 will likely see a similar teaser, followed by a single-player trailer, and then a multiplayer trailer. Titanfall 3 could see new game modes, like a battle royale mode, that could require its own trailer.
Titanfall 3 Gameplay
Titanfall 2‘s fast-paced gameplay and unique use of giant robots called Titans set it above its contemporaries, and we’d love to see an evolution of this in the upcoming game. We don’t have any details on how closely Titanfall 3‘s gameplay will follow Titanfall 2. However, given how ardently fans praised the most recent entry’s movement and gunplay we’d be surprised if the sequel didn’t stick pretty close to that formula.
Our wishlist for Titanfall 3 would be:
- A longer campaign: Titanfall 2 blew past most its contemporaries with how engaging its single-player mode was. We loved the chemistry between Titan BT-7274 and Jack Cooper, and we’ve rarely seen a robot character give us so many feels.
- A bigger look at the Titanfall universe: Titanfall is set in an exciting sci-fi setting, but we’ve barely got to see any of its potential. The original Titanfall didn’t have a single-player campaign and as good as Titanfall 2‘s was, it was fairly short.
Titanfall 3 Multiplayer
Since split-screen multiplayer and couch co-op are largely ignored by studios these days, we’d love to see Titanfall 3 carve a niche of its own here. The relationship between a pilot and their Titan is a perfect set-up for some unique co-op gameplay. Imagine one player ground-pounding in traditional FPS gameplay, while the other uses a Titan as support.
As fun (and microtransaction free) as Titanfall 2‘s multiplayer is, it could use more depth. We hope for the new game that Respawn develops the rank ladder and unlocks to a complexity that matches its peers. The gameplay is excellent, and having a deep unlock and rank system would create a product with a lot of longevity.
Is Titanfall 3 a Sequel to Titanfall 2?
The end of Titanfall 2 definitely lends itself to the possibility of more adventures with Jack Cooper and BT-7274. Since the story involved time travel, who knows where Titanfall 3 could go. We feel that since people reacted so well to Titanfall 2‘s campaign that if the new game includes a single-player story that there’s almost no doubt, it’ll piggyback off Titanfall 2 as a prequel or sequel.