It’s no secret that Titanfall 2 is in the works at Respawn Entertainment and that the sequel to the Xbox One and PC exclusive will also hit the PlayStation 4. Electronic Arts dropped a hint Tuesday on when the mech versus man shooter will launch on those platforms.
“You should assume that that’s not in fiscal 2016,” EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgenson said in response to a question on if Titanfall 2 would be released in fiscal 2016 (via Seeking Alpha). “It’s more likely in fiscal 2017. And a title of that size, we want to be pretty clear as to when it’s falling in the title slate, and so your assumption should be 2017.”
Electronic Art’s 2017 fiscal year will start on April 1, 2016 and run through March 31, 2017. One year is a very broad window in which to launch a game, but we can derive an expected release date based on the publisher’s current slate. For example, a fall 2016 release for Titanfall 2 seems unlikely as that is when the next Battlefield title is expected.
An April through August release is plausible, but those are typically not the months that Electronic Arts releases games. The summer months are traditionally slow and the fiscal first quarter is not a typical release period for an AAA title from EA.
Knowing that, a March 2017 release is the most likely release date for Titanfall 2. The original game was released the same month in 2014 plus a three-year development cycle for the sequel would be the ideal timeframe for a game releasing on three platforms.
A point of interest that Titanfall fans are looking for news on is if there will be a single-play campaign. Respawn Community Manager Abbie Heppe told the EXL Podcast in March that the developer is listening to feedback from the players.
“We’ve definitely heard the feedback,” Heppe said. “Obviously, I can’t comment on what we’re doing in the next game, but the really nice thing about working on a sequel is that we’ve established the core of what Titanfall is. We have assets, we have an engine, we have all of these things that we laid the foundation for in the first game that now we can really build off of in the second.”
Respawn is also looking at a different way of handling DLC content such as maps this time around. The map packs for Titanfall split the game’s community and led to the developer eventually offering them all for free. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella praised the DLC model for Evolve in March and mentioned that the company was looking at doing something different.
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[Edit: Removed an incomplete thought about Star Wars: Battlefront]