Electronic Arts having opted to hold their own event this year instead of joining up with fellow publishers officially at E3 initially presented many with questions regarding what the publisher would present and in what form. Answers came as EA Play took place today, focusing on gamer’s active involvement in playing EA’s games, as well as building and enriching the communities around the publisher’s titles with a heavy focus on the shooters set to launch this fall.
Both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 will compete with Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this holiday as the three marquee shooters in an incredibly busy fall season. With Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer not being shown until Call of Duty XP later this year, E3’s focus will be on EA’s two big shooters as multiplayer details and footage of Titanfall 2 finally arrive, shortly after the game’s single player was detailed.
The trailer, seen above, shows off a similar aesthetic to the first game, now available on PlayStation 4 as well, and sports the same twitch based parkour gameplay of the first title. This time around, players will be equipped with new abilities and mechanics such as the ability to rope players in for an insta-kill melee attack and grappling hooks used for traversing areas, or new Titans with swords and pilots tossing out gravity defying grenades that pull enemies together for easy multi-kills. And from the looks of it, the maps in the trailer have been expanded to make for larger scale warfare.
Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella noted on Twitter Titanfall 2 will have game modes without A.I. combatants which might signal the game's interest in getting into eSports alongside fellow EA titles like the upcoming MADDEN 17 that will have a significant competitive angle. Six new Titans with "unique combat abilities" will be available in the sequel and the studio's founder also spoke about how his team worked on fan concerns with Titanfall 2 as more customization options, expanded pilot gameplay, and deeper progression systems are present this time around. Finally, a technical multiplayer test for the title was announced to stress test the game's network prior to launch.
Respawn's decision to include a single-player experience into Titanfall 2 will go down well with fans but its release date spells trouble for the game’s financial future. Its launch on October 28 puts it between the two FPS juggernauts this fall in EA’s own Battlefield 1 and Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. EA might have done well to move Titanfall 2 to a spring 2017 window in a similar fashion to when the first game launched in 2014.
Titanfall 2 is set to launch on October 28 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.