Following an announcement from Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Titanfall has been removed from digital stores.
The announcement was made via Twitter. The multiplayer first-person shooter is no longer available for purchase on Xbox, as well as on EA’s Origin store and on Steam and by March next year, will be removed from all subscription services such as EA Play and Game Pass Ultimate. Those who already own the game will still be able to play it however since the servers will be kept alive for their dedicated fanbase.
“Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue. Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future,” assured the studio through its announcement. “This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn.”
A quick check on the game’s Steam page shows that in addition to being removed from sale, Titanfall has received “Mostly Negative” in user reviews. This is likely due in part to massively disruptive hacks and constant DDOS attacks aimed towards Titanfall that has also bled into Apex Legends as of late. It’s likely that the multiplayer code on Titanfall is more vulnerable thanks to the game’s age, while as the new hotness, Apex Legends continues to receive updates that have helped to combat these hacks.
Fans have also taken to accusing Respawn of leaving Titanfall in the dust in favor of Apex Legends as it makes more money overall for EA. These resulted in hacks as well as DDOS attacks to Apex legends with messages appearing in the game for a “SaveTitanfall,” a malicious means of spreading a cry for help for saving the game they love.
Titanfall 2 remains available, though who knows if that game will meet a similar fate. All that being said, it’s difficult to imagine a future for the main Titanfall series for as long as Apex Legends continues to be a blockbuster success. It may be some time until we see a third Titanfall, with or without Respawn’s assurances.