Titanfall spinoff Titanfall Online has been cancelled, it has emerged. The free-to-play title exclusively marketed towards the Asian market was announced back in late 2016 and using proprietary code from the Titanfall series was being developed cooperatively between EA and Respawn.
Titanfall Online was primed to be a slight retooling of the Titanfall concept with an emphasis on a lighter feel with a more varied aesthetic with ninjas, cat mechs, and futuristic cowboys, yet retaining the grittiness of the original and all-out warfare.
Publisher Nexon announced an end to three-years of development citing a lackluster response from players during closed-door play testing and a shift in the South Korean online market space. Though the reasons remain somewhat vague, it seems that a lack of interest from the targeted audience are at the root of the decision.
An interview with a Nexon representative over at Game Focus revealed that ‘after much deliberation, it was decided that reallocating development resources to another project was better for the company’.
The cancellation of Titanfall Online comes in the wake of multiple cancellation of projects linked to the multiplayer shooter franchise, including the mobile-only card battle Titanfall: Frontline, which was axed back in early 2017. The Clash Royale-inspired mobile RTS Titanfall Assault is also being put to bed with the game shutting down at the end of this month.
As for where Respawn will be reallocating resources too, clues point towards an as yet unnamed new entry in the Titanfall series, which was revealed back in late 2017.