Last year, Zampella teased that there would be more Titanfall coming in 2019, with EA CEO Andrew Wilson subsequently mentioning a premium Titanfall game that would be a “twist on the franchise”. It’s possible that teased game isn’t being developed by one of the studios Zampella is responsible for and has been delayed, but it seems more likely to have been cancelled.It’s clear the studio head still has a soft spot for the franchise that helped build his company’s reputation, however: “You see the little bits of stuff coming back [through the lore in Apex Legends]. At some point, I would personally like to see some kind of resurrection there. We’ll see if I can make that happen.”
Titanfall and Titanfall 2 were critically acclaimed, but never saw AAA scale success. Respawn’s latest games, Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order have achieved that success, leading some to believe Titanfall won’t be returned to directly – although Zampella’s words offer a glimmer of hope.
Famously, Titanfall 2 was released just a week after fellow EA-published FPS, Battlefield 1, which undoubtedly hurt its early sales. “I would say that I’ve been on record as saying that it was not ideal,” says Zampella, looking back at that decision.Titanfall 2 has gone onto become something of a cult classic, with many citing its campaign as one of the best FPS stories in recent history. We awarded the game a 9/10 review, saying it’s “rare that a sequel evolves on every part of the original concept so consistently for the better, but Titanfall 2 is that exception.”
Zampella address much more than Titanfall in our 10th Anniversary interview, hinting at DICE LA’s new shooter, teasing what may be to come at EA Play this year, and more.
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