Wheels up, rock and roll!
It’s a visceral, futuristic shooter and the sequel to the 2014 breakout. Titanfall 2 is on course to deploy across PS4, Xbox One and PC and, for the first time in the series, comes packing a fully-fledged single-player campaign. Speaking of which…
It is, without question, one of the major selling points going into the sequel's release. Having paid close attention to feedback from the original Titanfall, Respawn's sophomore effort will come packing a fully-fledged single-player mode. It was also a "pretty easy" decision to make, according to the dev.
Though it may not be as catchy as, say, R2-D2, BT-7274 is the name of your towering ally in the Titanfall 2 story mode. And you're both in for quite the journey.
“When an investigation of a research facility on the IMC controlled planet of Typhon goes wrong, Jack and BT are thrown off course and behind enemy lines. With Lastimosa killed in action, there is no other option but for the two to link up and work together to finish the mission BT and Lastimosa started, whether Jack is ready for it or not.”
The possibilities don't end there, however, with the studio teasing that there is an entire universe to be explored.
"We don’t have necessarily a trilogy in mind. You always hope when you create something that it’s embraced and that people will love it for generations to come…I hope we do more of it. We probably plan to do more–as you know, we have the mobile games as well. I would like to see the universe live on. I think it’s very expandable. I think there’s a lot we can do with it. There’s a lot of great ideas floating around here [at Respawn] that I would love to see come to life."
Meet the Titans of Respawn's sequel: Tone, Ronin, Legion, Northstar, Scorch and Ion.
Curious as to how the Pilot boosts and executions function in Titanfall 2? We've got you covered, along with an overview of the Titan progression system, too.
If you're looking to delve into the small print of Titanfall 2, you'll find all the pertinent information regarding the shooter's arsenal and equipment right here.
Thanks to helpful YouTuber TacticalBrit, we've also got a handy video guide to help you get started in Titanfall 2.
Despite launching so close to Battlefield 1, Electronic Arts is bullish in its sale projection of Titanfall 2, claiming the shooter sequel can break past 10 million units.
"We’ve told people that typically a Battlefield title does about 15 million in a year. Our guidance is slightly under that. And we hope that that excitement builds and it will clearly go through that number. But for right now, it’s slightly under that number. And Titanfall did a little more than 7 million units last time. It was early in the cycle and one of the few titles out there. We think it’ll do more than that, but it’s probably closer to 10 million than it is to 15 million as built into our guidance. So closer to 9 million to 10 million on Titanfall and just under 15 million on Battlefield 1."
PSLS had the chance to speak to Respawn’s Art Director Joel Emslie and Chief Operating Officer Dusty Welch at TGS, where the latter touched base on the sequel's map design.
"I think first, people haven’t seen this, but we offer a wide variety of maps that accommodate different play styles. Some of them are very heavily focused in chaining wall runs together and playing that way. You’ll see those pretty soon. Maps we showed in the tech test were shown for different purposes — for testing out different gameplay elements."
Looks like Respawn is ready to bring back a fan-favorite mode in time for Titanfall 2. In the same interview with Emslie and Welch, the pair essentially confirmed that Attrition will be included will chatting to PSLS.
"Interesting question. I would answer this way: The tech test was a very small subset of the game. We’re fans of playing (the original) Titanfall and all of its game modes, and just think people will have to wait to see what we provide next. Is that enough of a hint? But we’re all ears. I know the right people. I know the right guy. I know a guy and I think he’s listening."
Respawn has confirmed that, at the time of launch, online levels will be capped at 50 for Pilots.
"Pilot max level is 50. Max gen for Pilots is 10 at launch, and will likely increase as time goes on. Max gen for everything else is unlimited."
While we fully expect Respawn to roll out paid DLC in the form of cosmetic items, fans can take solace in the fact that all post-launch maps and weapons will be available at no extra cost.
"We’ll definitely be supporting Titanfall 2 post-launch, and I can confirm all maps and modes we deliver post-launch will be free. We’ll be talking more about post-launch plans closer to release so stay tuned for more info."
Angel City has been confirmed as the first DLC map for Titanfall 2. Remember, those who pre-order the shooter will be able to access the arena three days early.
During an EA preview event, PSLS had the opportunity to quiz Respawn about all things Titanfall 2. Buried in that interview are tidbits relating to new game modes, Titans and why the studio is eager to extend a warm welcome to PS4 players.
In the days leading up to our full review, our own Paulmichael Contreras dabbled with the multiplayer portion of TF2, writing that:
"With a healthy list of unlockable weapons, accessories, gadgets, abilities, and three customization slots for both your pilot and Titan, there is always a carrot dangling in front of you, and it will take easily a lot of hours to unlock absolutely everything that the game has to offer."
Still on the fence? Earlier this year, we listed down six reasons why we're excited for the arrival of Titanfall 2 on PS4.
The Vanguard Collector's Edition is one of two premium packages launching for Titanfall 2, and it even includes a 1:1 replica helmet. The second, the Marauder package, features a “highly detailed” bust of Jack Cooper, the shooter’s protagonist.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that, two years after its debut on PC and Xbox platforms, Respawn would bring the original Titanfall over to PlayStation 4 as a neat primer for the oncoming sequel. Turns out that’s not the case, after studio head Vince Zampella told fans: “Don’t count on it.”
When the PS4 Pro touches down on November 10, Respawn will release a Titanfall 2 patch so that the shooter sequel supports Sony's mid-gen upgrade.
In what is surely one of the smallest day-one updates of the year, Respawn boss Vince Zampella has confirmed that the inaugural Titanfall 2 patch will weigh in at just 88MB.
Our final verdict is in and PSLS has not only given Titanfall 2 a stellar 9/10, but also the coveted Editor's Choice award too.