Fre sh Titanfall 2 det ails dr op
Lead writer outlines “grounded, dirty” story
What could be better than strapping into a 21-foot-tall Titan? Doing so in a singleplayer campaign...
Titanfall’s servers might be gathering rust these days, but Respawn Entertainment’s sci-fi shooter has left its mark on Xbox One history. Bundled with the machine as a console exclusive, it helped kickstart the Xbox One’s sales figures – and the marriage apparently didn’t do Respawn’s coffers much harm either. With over ten million unique users having strapped themselves into a Titan since March 2014, the Californian studio now has the financial heft to do the things with Titanfall 2 that, as a start-up, it simply couldn’t do with the original.
That includes – yes! – a singleplayer campaign. Speaking to Forbes, Titanfall 2’ s lead writer Jesse Stern (whose writing credits include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Battlefield 4) explains that the upcoming sequel – which is due by the end of March 2017 – will take us to a world where science and magic intermingle, with a tone Stern describes as “grounded, dirty, human and real.”
Going into more detail on Titanfall 2’ s central themes, Stern likens the plot to a retelling of the American Revolution and Civil War – but in space. “We imagined the next generation of immigrants
// It takes us to a world where science and magic
moving out to the new frontier of an inhabitable planet,” says Stern. “Rather than taking a traditional sci-fi approach to that, we wanted to look at how that would happen practically, what the ships would look like and, with machines that were designed for excavation and construction, demolition and working the land, what happens when they are turned into instruments of war.”
Stern also revealed that there’s a Titanfall spin-off TV series in the works, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s been worked on in conjunction with Canadian outfit Lionsgate Television, whose current productions include Orange Is The New Black and past ones Mad Men and Anger Management. The next 12 months are looking to be a busy ones for EA, with Mass Effect: Andromeda and a new, untitled Battlefield on the horizon.