Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development

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Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development

When Electronic Arts acquired Titanfall developer Respawn in late 2017, the publisher calmed initial fears about the acquisition by assuring fans that "the next entry in the Titanfall series" was in development. Considering this was only a year after the release of Titanfall 2, it made sense to assume this meant a Titanfall 3 in the same vein as its predecessor. Today, Respawn revealed Apex Legends, a battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, and it seems to be what EA announced in 2017, meaning that Titanfall 3 is not in development.

This was confirmed by Respawn producer Drew McCoy in an interview with Eurogamer.

"There are some people who think there are too many battle royale games or it's a fad, the world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not – this is what we're making," McCoy told the outlet.

Here’s Why The New Titanfall Spin-Off Doesn’t Have Titans

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Here’s Why The New Titanfall Spin-Off Doesn’t Have Titans

Repsawn unveiled (and released) a new Titanfall game called Apex Legends today that has two twists. The first is that it’s a free-to-play battle royale game. The second is that there are no titans. Naturally, we had to ask why.

Here’s what Executive Producer Drew McCoy said about the lack of titans in Apex Legends when I put the question to him during an interview:

You can read the full interview here. For more on Apex Legends, check out our impressions and tips here.

Respawn Says EA "Had No Hand" In The Development Of Apex Legends

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Respawn Says EA

EA’s acquisition of Respawn Entertainment in 2017 ruffled a few feathers and set more than a few Titanfall fans on edge. There’s a lot of reasons why, which you can read about here, but EA’s habit of closing studios like Maxis, Bullfrog, Visceral Games as well as its handling of disruptive microtransactions in games like Battlefront II are chief among them.

During a reveal event for Apex Legends, Respawn’s new battle royale game, I talked a little with Executive Producer Drew McCoy during an interview about the acquisition and whether or not it affected the development of the game. Here’s what he said.

You can read the full interview here. For more on Apex Legends, check out our impressions and tips here.

Respawn Reveals And Releases Apex Legends, A Battle Royale Game Set In Titanfall’s Universe

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Respawn Reveals And Releases Apex Legends, A Battle Royale Game Set In Titanfall’s Universe

Respawn Entertainment and EA revealed a bit of a surprise today: there’s a new Titanfall game out! Kind of. Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale game set in Titanfall’s universe, 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2.

Apex Legends is a hero-focused take on the growing battle royale genre that pits squads of threes together, with each player taking on the role of a character imbued with special powers and tactics. The game is now available online on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more on Apex Legends, check out our impressions, tips, and an interview with Respawn about the game and EA’s acquisition here.

Total War Developers Creative Assembly Working On New Shooter

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Total War Developers Creative Assembly Working On New Shooter

Creative Assembly, the Sega studio behind games like the Total War series and Alien: Isolation, is working on a new shooter which they still have yet to formally announce. That doesn't mean they won't hint at it on Twitter, though, suggesting the game is in a showable state already.

So, this happened. @NeillBlomkamp dropped by CA HQ for a behind-the-scenes look at the development of our brand-new FPS IP! pic.twitter.com/hXEAnAHEEX

That's Neill Blomkamp in the middle there, director of movies like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. For whatever reason, he was visiting Creative Assembly, who was happy to show him their new game. While they say it's a new IP, I imagine it must be some degree of sci-fi if you're showing it off to Neill Blomkamp.

Microsoft Planning Xbox Live For Switch/Mobile

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Microsoft Planning Xbox Live For Switch/Mobile

A GDC 2019 session listing reveals that Microsoft is preparing to announce an Xbox Live cross-platform development kit  "to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs."

This would allow gamers to utilize their existing achievements, friends list, and more on supported Switch and mobile titles.

Microsoft has previously supported cross-platform functionality, including for Minecraft on Switch, as well as Fortnite and Rocket League.

Former Sledgehammer Founder Joins Take-Two And 2K Games

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Former Sledgehammer Founder Joins Take-Two And 2K Games

About this time last year, Activision announced that Sledgehammer's founders Glenn Schofield and Michael Condrey were leaving their roles at the Call of Duty developer to work on bigger picture initiatives within Activision proper. Later last year, Schofield revealed he was leaving Activision, but Condrey had not publicly exited the company. It appears now that both Sledgehammer founders have left Activision, with Condrey specifically heading to Take-Two's development branch 2K Games.

Condrey is going back into development after years at Sledgehammer and Visceral Games with a new studio working on an unannounced project for Take-Two.

"Great games come from the passion of a team driven by the pursuit of quality and the empowerment of an independent studio model. 2K’s studios have creative and technical autonomy, backed by a world-class infrastructure of support, and that offers the perfect recipe to build a new studio and craft experiences that will lead the next generation of gaming for fans everywhere," said Condrey. 

Respawn Entertainment Showing Off New Battle Royale Game Today

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Respawn Entertainment Showing Off New Battle Royale Game Today

The rumor mill has been churning for the past few days now about Respawn Entertainment stepping into battle royale called Apex Legends. Later today Respawn will be showing off the game. CEO Vince Zampella confirmed the news a little while ago with a tweet:

Looks like there is a screenshot out there, so you get your tease for @PlayApex

Rumor: New Sony Patent Could Point Towards PS5 Backwards Compatibility

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Rumor: New Sony Patent Could Point Towards PS5 Backwards Compatibility

A new patent filed by Sony points to possible backwards compatibility for an upcoming console, likely the PlayStation 5. Since we haven't seen backwards compatibility on a PlayStation console since early generation PS3, this feature could be huge for both Sony and its consumers if true.

The patent suggests that the PS5 would be capable of running software from legacy devices, i.e. PS4, PS3, and so on. This would occur with tech that would trick the legacy software into believing it was being run on a legacy device. This process is coined as "processor ID spoofing" in the patent. 

Just how far back the backwards compatibility would go is unclear, especially since the PS3's architecture is notoriously difficult for this. This is part of the reason as to why the PS4 never received backwards compatibility, and instead led Sony to create PlayStation Now to give users access to the backlog. Select PS2 games are also available on the PlayStation Store.

Studio Behind Papers, Please Movie Releases Next Short Film

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Studio Behind Papers, Please Movie Releases Next Short Film

Russian filmmakers Liliya Tkach and Nikita Ordynskiy, who brought us the Papers, Please short film last year, recently released their newest project. This time, the duo created a movie adaptation for Beholder, a PC game that tasks you with surveilling apartment tenants.

Similar to Papers, Please, Beholder takes place in a dystopian future with strong Orwellian vibes. This makes it a perfect fit for Tkach and Ordynskiy, who clearly have a cinematic fondness for these totalitarian themes. 

Beholder's official film is in black-and-white. Carl, who is both the protagonist in the film and in the game, is a building inspector for an apartment complex. He spends his shift watching several screens that let him peek into the lives of the tenants. If he sees anything suspicious, he reports the behavior to officials. The movie is pretty well done, with oppressive visuals that tie well to the thematic story.