Titanfall Online is over before it had even begun

    
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Korean website Game Focus is reporting today that Titanfall Online has effectively been canceled.

As Kotaku notes, EA and Nexon have been working on the project for several years, though it just announced the team-up and its plans to launch for Asia last year. But now it appears the companies have taken stock of the changing winds of the games market, finding that player testing wasn’t going well.

“It is true that Nexon and EA have agreed to cancel Titanfall Online under a business decision. […] After much deliberation, it was decided that reallocating development resources to another project was better for the company.”

Our condolences to fans and developers.

Source: Game Focus via Kotaku
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Tobasco da Gama

From poking around the Titanfall subreddit, it seems like this was just a modified version of the first Titanfall with some F2P mechanics bolted on and the character design adjusted a bit for the Korean audience. (In a really weird way, though, like one of the Pilots is just straight-up Iron Man.)

Anyway, with this being a Nexon game, it’s not a big surprise that this and the other Nexon/Respawn collaboration (Titanfall Assault) are being shutdown. Nexon’s attempted buyout of Respawn was what triggered EA’s buyout, and I assume that either Nexon or EA or both have no interest in maintaining a business relationship with the other.

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The Idea of a Titanfall MMO … Like a real open world Honest to God MMO … Sounds like a dream come true to me.

But ham assed Korean styled F2P lootbox conversion of TF1 shpuld have been violently drowned in a kiddie pool before it was even announced.

… Even the idea of clashes so damn hard with everything Respawn has been about, that it makes me wonder if the reason for the attempted buy out was actually a Retaliation on Nexon’s part after Respawn told them to stick their Lootbox conversation where the sun don’t shine.

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rafael12104

Hmm… “Business decisions” is the ultimate bullshit corporate speak.

I don’t know why this would fall out of EAs gaming as a service model. And Titanfall has had good buzz since Titanfall 2. And Nexon could always use a win…

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notimpotent

That’s gotta be tough on the devs… put years into a project only to have it canceled before it ever sees the light of day.

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rafael12104

Hopefully all will be reassigned. But… that is not how this usually goes.

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Jack Pipsam

I like both Titanfall’s quite a lot, but I really hope this won’t be another franchise which will die under EA. I know they’re doing a third one, I really hope for Respawn’s sake that it sells well.

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When EA bought out Respawn for $350 million … 2/3rds of that was stock in EA.

The people who owned & ran Respawn now Own $200 million dollars worth of EA: I am pretty damn sure that gets you a window office and a seat on the board or directors … Which also would explain why the next Battlefield game is following the same monetization scheme as Titanfall 2.

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I really enjoyed my time with the first one. I can see why an MMO might not be the best fit though, as the game’s strengths feel like they’re much more arena based. Doing constant war ala-PlanetSide2 might be fun in the short term, but like PS2, can lead to fatigue. Getting some non-combat action into that world is harder to imagine than PS2 for me!