While EA continues to fight Star Wars: Battlefront 2 fires ahead of launch this Friday, there are others who sniff an opportunity. In this case it's rival mega-publisher Activision Blizzard, whose StarCraft 2 Twitter account had a pop at Battlefront 2 overnight.
Back in September Titanfall developer Respawn announced the card combat spin-off Titanfall: Frontline, but alas, that game has just been cancelled.
"We've learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn't ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall," developer Particle City state on the game's Facebook page.
That said, the studio founded by Respawn boss Vince Zampella plans to give another crack at making a Titanfall mobile title. "While it's never easy to cancel a game, we're excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games," the developer said.
EA recently said that it was committed to the Titanfall franchise, despite Respawn's sequel flopping at launch, but this brand expansion may not be what some of us had in mind as the publisher recently revealed the Asia specific Titanfall Online.
Titanfall is is slated for a Q4 release, publisher EA has confirmed.
This approximate release window was officially revealed in an earnings report, where it noted that Respawn's recently announced sequel will arrive in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which is actually the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016.
This falls in line with a previously leaked release window teased in a piece of marketing material for McFarlane Toy's Titanfall line-up. But that only said "winter" and that it would be "in conjunction" with the game's release, so it could have meant the game wouldn't follow until early 2017.
Titanfall 2 has been officially revealed and it will contain the series' titular giant mechs... only now equipped with swords.
Developer Respawn released the following teaser trailer noting that a full reveal will follow on 12th June at EA Play, the publisher's pre-E3 event.
We've known for some time that Respawn would be making a Titanfall sequel and that it will feature a single-player campaign, unlike the first game. Lead writer Jesse Stern (NCIS, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) previously said this follow-up would include "a lot of [scenes] where science meets magic, but keeping it grounded and dirty and human and real".
Titanfall is coming to the Origin Access Vault on 22nd March, offering subscribers unlimited access to Respawn's shooter - among other games - for £4 a month.
Figurine manufacturer McFarlane Toys announced a series of Titanfall action figures due this winter that "will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated launch of Titanfall 2".
Titanfall's multi-platform sequel will include a single-player story campaign, where the original Titanfall did not.
EA has confirmed that a new Titanfall game and Mass Effect: Andromeda are slated to launch before 31st March 2017.
Cool offer alert: if you're an Xbox Live Gold member and you have an Xbox One you can play all of the EA Access Vault games for free this week. The Vault games are normally locked behind EA's £4-a-month EA Access subscription service.
Respawn has announced a new Titanfall game for smartphones.
The mech shooter franchise will be reborn on iOS and Android devices next year in collaboration with free-to-play game company Nexon (thanks, Gamasutra).
Mobile developer Particle City - a studio co-founded by Respawn boss Vince Zampella - will develop the new game.
EA's running a solid sale on Origin, its PC platform.
Titanfall's sequel will be on multiple platforms, developer Respawn has confirmed.
"We're working on a sequel. No official name yet, but we're working on that," Respawn CEO Vince Zampella told IGN. "It'll be multiplatform."
This shouldn't come as a surprise as EA suggested this may be the case as early as 2013.
UPDATE 13/3/15 5.04pm: Titanfall's DLC will remain free indefinitely. When asked how long this promotion would last, an EA representative told Euroagmer "There are no time constraints for the Titanfall DLC offer."
This week you can pick up a digital copy of Titanfall with all of its DLC for just a tenner.
Titanfall's Xbox 360 version will get its eighth major update on 1st December, where it will receive the co-op mode Frontier Defense, developer Respawn has announced.
Titanfall developer Respawn has announced a Deluxe Edition of its multiplayer shooter that contains all of its DLC for a discounted price.
Available now on Origin for £33.99 / $39.99, Titanfall Deluxe Edition includes DLC packs Expedition, Frontier's Edge and IMC Rising for a total of 12 added maps to the core game.
The Titanfall Deluxe Edition is due next week on 25th November for Xbox One, where it will go for $49.99 (so around £40ish).
Titanfall is getting what its developer is calling its "biggest update ever" tomorrow with the addition of an all new co-op mode, Respawn has announced via Twitch.
Dubbed Frontier Defense, this new addition to the shooter allows four players to team up to defend a "vital objective" from impending waves of enemies. So it's basically Horde Mode.
Frontier Defense will feature all sorts of enemies - both old an new - including "Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans," according to the Titanfall blog
IMC Rising, the third and final map pack for Respawn Entertainment's shooter Titanfall, launches tomorrow, 25th September for Xbox One and PC, EA has confirmed.
UPDATE 2/9/14 8.50am: Titanfall's sixth major update - the one which that includes the Titan-less Pilot Skirmish mode - will arrive for PC and Xbox One tomorrow.
Back in June EA offered players a 48-hour trial of Titanfall if they downloaded it on Origin as part of its "Game Time" promotion. Now, due to popular demand, that offer has resurfaced.
Microsoft has slashed the price of Titanfall by 50 per cent this week - from £54.99 to a far more manageable £27.50.
Respawn has used EA's 2014 Gamescom briefing to reveal the third and final map pack for Titanfall. Dubbed IMC Rising, it introduces three new maps to the Xbox and PC shooter.
There were few further details revealed on IMC Rising - beyond the fact it's due this autumn - though EA and Respawn used the opportunity to recap on Titanfall's success, and how it's become the best-selling game on Xbox One.
In an attempt to pad out this story to an acceptable length, and in the absence of any further details on IMC Rising right now, here's a recap of the last map pack for Titanfall, the well-received Frontier's Edge.
A fresh Titanfall update will add a new in-game currency and Black Market, where you can spend credits on booster packs of game-changing Burn Cards.
UPDATE 25/7/14 11.05AM: Frontier's Edge, Titanfall's second map pack, will arrive for PC and Xbox One on 31st July.
Respawn has detailed the latest update for first-person shooter Titanfall, which adds new features, bug fixes and balance tweaks.
Update four adds a raft of new features to the game, including the new Marked for Death game mode.
Marked for Death sees a player on each team singled out for special attention. You need to kill the enemy mark while protecting your teammate.
Microsoft has unveiled its line-up of Xbox One software for the console's Japanese launch on 9th September.
The 29 titles on offer include the vast majority of 2014's biggest titles, along with those available back at the console's initial launch last November in North America and parts of Europe.
Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes top the bill, although the latter will only be available as a download title in Japan, Famitsu reported (thanks, Kotaku).
Titanfall is currently free to download and play via Origin for a 48-hour period.
The word on the E3 street last week was that developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher EA had already done a deal for a sequel to Titanfall - and that it would release on PlayStation platforms as well as Xbox consoles and PC.
Last month EA boss Andrew Wilson confirmed that EA and Respawn had signed a new publishing agreement and would "bring new Titanfall experiences to players worldwide". While his comment didn't explicitly state a Titanfall 2 was in the works, it was implied.
At E3 I had a chance to chat with both Wilson and Respawn boss Vince Zampella to ask them about the future of the franchise, and while both refused to confirm that Titanfall 2 was already in the works, it sounds like more games in the series will be released.
An upcoming Titanfall patch will bring two new modes to the game: Marked for Death and Wingman LTS.
The former sees one player on each team "Marked for Death". Players must protect the targeted player on their side while hunting the target in the enemy faction.
Wingman LTS, meanwhile, is a smaller two-on-two version of Last Titan Standing. It's the game's first mode that isn't designed to be six-on-six.
Titanfall developer Respawn is adding CTF back to the PC game's public playlist, following the outcry about it and Pilot Hunter mode being removed from all except Private Matches and the odd randomised Variety mode.
Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has removed Capture the Flag and Pilot Hunter modes from its general search parameters. Now, the only way to access these game modes is through Variety - which picks a mode at random - or setting up a Private Match, which requires 12 friends to organise a session. (Thanks, RockPaperShotgun).
Titanfall's third major game update will add "extreme frame-rate" support for PC versions of the game, developer Respawn has announced, up to 144fps. But there's no change for the Xbox One version.
The good news: Titanfall Xbox 360 developer Bluepoint has committed to handling updates and DLC for the game.
Respawn's flashy first-person shooter Titanfall sold 925K retail copies in the US in March alone, EA chief operating officer Peter Moore stated during a financial call today.
Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella, who was one of the chief creators of Titanfall and Call of Duty, has started a new mobile studio entitled Nuclear Division.
Titanfall developer Respawn has detailed a map in its upcoming DLC expansion Expedition.
Respawn's shooter Titanfall is the UK's number one game for a second week running, successfully fending off the challenge of EA's 2014 FIFA World Cup game.
UPDATE 7.30pm: Respawn has clarified to Eurogamer that Sony actually asked for it to develop a version of its R1 project for PlayStation Vita, not the finalised Titanfall game.
Titanfall has been boosted back to the top of the UK all-format charts thanks to the launch of the game's Xbox 360 version.
The first DLC for Titanfall arrives in May and is called Expedition, developer Respawn has announced.
Titanfall's stellar Xbox 360 port will remain a retail-only affair as publisher EA has confirmed that the multiplayer mech FPS isn't coming to Games on Demand.
Popular green UK supermarket Asda, and hulking online retailer Amazon, have both dropped the price of the Titanfall Xbox One bundle down to £349.99.
By most accounts Titanfall is a great multiplayer first-person shooter, but it launched with one glaring omission: there were no options for private matches. That's finally being fixed in its latest patch.
As of today, Titanfall's private match feature has gone into beta. Now you can set up an up to 12-player game populated entirely by your pals. All game modes are available for private matches and you can decide who gets to be on which team.
The downside: there's no XP or Achievements earned in private matches. In the beta, each round will end with the usual Last Game Summary results screen, but these details won't carry over into your lifetime total.
Footage from the delayed Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has started to appear online, courtesy of those with early copies.
Titanfall's Xbox 360 conversion has been shrouded in mystery, but developer Bluepoint Games just confirmed that it will run above 30fps and contain all the game modes and content of its Xbox One and PC counterparts.
Microsoft has hailed the Twitch Xbox One app, saying it "played a big role" in an increase in usage of the console.
EA's digital platform Origin has ditched physical discs.
Titanfall developer Respawn has updated the shooter's matchmaking with more advanced metrics designed to better aid losing teams in finding more suitable matches.
Respawn is now banning Titanfall cheaters - but it's doing so with a twist.
Titanfall developer Respawn has made a list of changes to the game's modes and weapons in a new server patch deployed over the weekend.
Score limits and damage totals seem to be the major alterations - the Smart Pistol has been nerfed when not locked on, while arc grenades will no longer draw on friendly Pilots or Titans.
There's a host of bugfixes too, Respawn revealed.
The Xbox 360 version of Titanfall will now launch in the UK on 11th April, EA has announced.
The release of Titanfall boosted Xbox One sales by a whopping 96 per cent in the UK compared to the console's sales the previous week.
Respawn's PC and Xbox One shooter is the UK's best-selling game, as expected, and is the biggest release of 2014 so far with more than double the sales of what had been 2014's current leader, FIFA 14, Chart-Track revealed. The Xbox 360 version releases in a couple of weeks.
The eye-catching £399 Xbox One Titanfall bundle, which includes a download token of the game, accounted for over 70 per cent of all Xbox One hardware sold last week.
PlayStation 4 was way ahead in the US at the start of the year, but the gap seems to have closed.
Last month NPD reported that January PS4 sales were nearly double Xbox One sales. This month PS4 sales are higher but only by a "narrow margin". And we can estimate the numbers.
Microsoft said 258,000 Xbox Ones were sold, and NPD said Xbox One sold "over 90 per cent" of what PS4 sold.
Respawn has said it is working to "root out" Titanfall cheaters just days after the game's North American release.
Hardcore Achievement hunter Raymond Cox, aka Stallion83, has become the first person to hit a million Gamerscore - 1,000,000G.
UPDATE: Respawn has sorted out the problems that were affecting Titanfall on PC.
Those of you who have downloaded the PC version of Titanfall already might have noticed it's a hefty install: just shy of 49GB. By comparison, the Xbox One version, due out in the UK this Friday, weighs in at roughly 17GB.
Titanfall launches at the same "792p" resolution as the beta code released last month, according to reports that surfaced over the weekend, and officially confirmed by Respawn lead engineer Richard Baker during a recent interview with Digital Foundry.
The Xbox One controller must be updated as well as the console itself for the stereo headset adapter to work, Microsoft has said.
The Xbox One stereo headset adapter is used to connect chat or stereo headsets, such as the official Xbox One stereo headset, to your controller. But it won't work unless you update the controller, and you can't do this unless you have the latest system update, which contains the newest controller software.
Here's what to do: plus in the stereo headset adaptor into the bottom of your controller, plug in a headset, then plug the big end of the included USB cable into the port on the side of the console. That should make instructions to install the update display on your screen. Follow them. Microsoft said the update can take up to three minutes, so put the kettle on.
In a surprise to absolutely no one, Titanfall will have a Season Pass. Announced today, this pass to Titanfall's upcoming DLC will cost £19.99 / $24.99 and give players access the three upcoming DLC packs. The Season Pass will be $5 (about £3) less than it would be to buy all the DLC separately.
Those purchasing the PC version of Titanfall can bundle the Season Pass with the game in the Titanfall Digital Deluxe Edition, which is currently priced at £59.99 / $79.99 on Origin, where it's exclusively sold.
The Xbox One and Xbox 360 Season Passes will go on sale at retailers along with the console versions when they launch on 13th and 28th March respectively (and 11th March and 25th March for our North American friends).
Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox One that addresses a raft of issued users have had with the console.
It improves matchmaking, party chat and friends features and comes ahead of the launch of the multiplayer shooter Titanfall, set to be the biggest Xbox One title to date.
Other highlights include the addition of 5.1 Dolby Digital through optical out. This means devices such as sound bars and headsets with only optical in can receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from Xbox One over optical. Microsoft is also adding support for Dolby Digital surround sound over HDMI.
The latest leak of Titanfall information has revealed all 15 of its maps, plus more details of the game's modes, mechanics and megafauna.
GameStop has chopped £30 off of the £400 Xbox One Titanfall bundle Microsoft announced yesterday.
Microsoft has announced the first Xbox One price cut.
From 28th February Xbox One will carry an estimated retail price of £399.99 in the UK. It currently costs £429.99.
Coinciding with the announcement, Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One Titanfall bundle that leaked online earlier this morning. This Titanfall bundle includes an Xbox One console, the Kinect sensor, a standard Xbox One wireless controller, a standard Xbox One Chat Headset, one month of Xbox Live Gold membership and a digital copy of Titanfall for the same price of £399.99. You can pre-order the bundle from today.
Microsoft will soon launch an Xbox One Titanfall bundle, leaked artwork has revealed.
The names of new Titanfall maps, modes and more have been found in the beta game data.
There are the names and title images of 13 maps, and one is called Smuggler's Cove, discovered NeoGAF poster RazorUK (data added to by no1dead on Reddit).
Here they are one by one (NeoGAF has gone a step further and matched existing game screenshots to the new map-names):
Xbox One's controller input will be tweaked as part of the system's February firmware update.
The "fix" has been added specifically at the request of Titanfall's development team, The Verge reported, in another sign of just how crucial Microsoft is treating the game's launch.
"It's just fixing the controller input, really," Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry explained. "It wasn't really where we felt it should be; it was a little overly twitchy with the current controls. Now it's fixed. We're happy with it."
UPDATE 16/02/2014 08:00 GMT: Good news for Xbox One owners who missed out on a beta key: Respawn has now opened the game up to everyone on Microsoft's next-gen console.
According to Xbox Live's Major Nelson, the Titanfall beta should show up in the New Game Demos section of the Xbox One dashboard.
Respawn's Vince Zampella wrote on Twitter last night that "PC will follow", suggesting that may happen as soon as Sunday.
Titanfall's Xbox 360 version is being postponed two weeks for "finishing touches," EA has announced.
Microsoft will allow users to see and manage Xbox One storage space in a new firmware update due next week.
Full details of the 11th February update will be released in due course, but the top changes were teased today in a new blog post by Microsoft exec Marc Whitten.
As well as viewing and manage your hard drive space, similar to Xbox 360, you'll also be able to manage your download queue, which will be split into separate lists for games and apps.
UPDATE 05/02/2014: As expected, the PC version of Titanfall requires EA's digital platform Origin to play.
The launch of Battlefield 4 on consoles new and old was marred by technical difficulties.
A Titanfall beta on PC and Xbox One has been confirmed by Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella on Twitter.
Unfortunately he said nothing of the dates or if it will also be on Xbox 360. "Details in the coming days," he teased.
Zampella's confirmation of the beta follows rumours that it will run from 14th February through 19th February. French publication Xboxygen has pics of promotional materials advertising said beta and reportedly heard from a source at Zappos that it will be available for PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 via both Zappos and GameStop. We've requested confirmation from Titanfall publisher EA on this, but have yet to hear back.
An updated version of Microsoft's ubiquitous Xbox One advert includes hidden clues to a Titanfall promotion.
Eagle-eyed Reddit users spotted the updated advert on UK TV last night, which includes quick flashes of code hidden within the existing advert.
If you haven't seen the regular version of the advert yet (we don't believe you), it's the one where sad people without Xbox Ones are gestured at by Steven Gerrard, Spock and a Roman soldier to "come on" and buy one.
There is a test of Titanfall going on right now, and so footage has leaked onto the internet.
A raft of videos are currently online showing Respawn's multiplayer shooter in action, but they may not be around for long. Titanfall publisher EA, which had those accepted into the test sign a non-disclosure agreement, has spent the weekend having videos of the game removed from the likes of YouTube.
Last week EA sent out invitations to what it described as a "technical test" of the Xbox One version of the game. It ends tonight. Respawn has yet to announce a beta. The game launches in March on PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
UPDATE: Titanfall developer Respawn has confirmed the existence of a pre-launch test - although you probably won't be taking part in it.
UPDATE: UK retailer GAME has revealed its UK pricing for the limited edition Titanfall Xbox One controller.
Respawn Entertainment has confirmed a maximum of 12 players can play multiplayer shooter Titanfall at once.
Highly anticipated mech-based shooter Titanall won't launch with mod tools upon its 11th March release on PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360, developer Respawn has confirmed.
Studio co-founder and Call of Duty co-creator Vince Zampella revealed this omission on Twitter where upon being asked if the PC version of Titanfall would come with mod tools, the developer replied, "Not at launch for sure."
All is not lost, however as Zampella added that the studio "will have to evaluate after launch." Fingers crossed.
UPDATE: A third class of Titanfall mech has been unveiled in the last few minutes of the VGX Awards - the Stryder.
Promising mech shooter Titanfall is one of Xbox One's flagship titles, but EA is considering future titles in the series for launch as fully multiplatform releases.
Speaking in an investor call last night (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), EA exec Blake J. Jorgensen explained that the publisher already had its eyes on a multiplatform future.
"I'm sure that there will be future Titanfalls at some point that may be on multiple product platforms," he said.
Earlier this month EA announced a release date for Microsoft platform exclusive Titanfall: 14th March 2014.
UPDATE: Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has suggested that Titanfall - or at least a Titanfall sequel - could come to PS4 after all.
When asked on Twitter if Respawn would make PS4 games in the future, Zampella replied, "Of course we will, just not the first Titanfall."
Furthermore, when asked, "does the new announcement regarding Titanfall exclusivity to Xbox mean the Titanfall series or this release?" Zampella replied, "Just this release."
UPDATE: EA has told Eurogamer that Titanfall's UK release date is actually 14th March, a Friday. The game's wallet-busting Collector's Edition will also land on our shores - for the same number of pounds as its priced in dollars, a whopping £249.
ORIGINAL STORY: EA has announced the Titanfall PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One release date as "beginning" 13th March 2014 in Europe. In North America the date is 11th March.
The 13th is a Thursday, which is an unusual day for a game to launch in the UK. Normally games come out on a Friday. I'm checking it out.
Pew pew! Not long now until the Eurogamer Expo at the end of the month, and as you may have seen over the weekend, Respawn has confirmed that Titanfall will be playable at the show, marking the first time it's been available for public hands-on in the UK.
All eyes have turned to the next-generation and, in Microsoft's case, Xbox One, due out alongside the PlayStation 4 in November. But according to one senior Xbox executive, the eight-year-old Xbox 360 has plenty of life left in its old bones.
EA has insisted it's not favouring Microsoft over Sony despite the announcement of a raft of exclusive deals for Xbox.
Titanfall developer Respawn has shown off a new mode in fresh gameplay footage revealed during EA's just-concluded Gamescom 2013 press conference.
The mode involves shadowing a mech around and surviving a vicious assault on foot and in a mech yourself.
The footage also reveals a new map, named Angel City. It's an urban environment with tall buildings and lots of cover. And also huge, hulking mechs.
One of the developers of upcoming multiplayer shooter Titanfall has attempted to explain exactly how the game will make use of Microsoft's cloud.
Microsoft is sticking with the Xbox One's requirement that Kinect be plugged in despite ditching its controversial DRM policies.
Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb - better known as Major Nelson - has revealed that you can plug an Xbox 360 into the Xbox One using the new HDMI-in port on the console.
Titanfall, the game from the creators of the Call of Duty series, is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - but not PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4.
Respawn's "entirely multiplayer" action game Titanfall will be released in spring 2014 on PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Respawn is only assisting with the Xbox 360 version of the game, with the bulk of development handed to an "external studio".
A recorded gameplay video provided the big finish at Microsoft's E3 press conference today.
Respawn Entertainment's debut game has leaked ahead of its planned E3 reveal next week.