Titanfall 2 is a science-fiction first-person shooter video game and a sequel to Titanfall. It was developed by Respawn Entertainment and was released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on October 28, 2016. It was released on Steam on June 18, 2020.
Characters and setting
The game is set five years following the destructive Battle of Demeter in the original Titanfall. The Militia have gained significant ground in the Frontier War, and IMC forces are on the defensive. The Militia's campaign leads them to the IMC world of Typhon, the planet that serves as the central focus of the game's story.
- "The Pilot's Gauntlet"
- "Blood and Rust"
- "Into The Abyss"
- "Effect and Cause"
- "The Beacon"
- "Trial By Fire"
- "The Ark"
- "The Fold Weapon"
Pilot gameplay follows the same basic lines as the first game, in regards to basic mechanics. However, the health of players has been drastically lowered, and Time-To-Kill (TTK) is much lower than the first, making fast reflexes more of a priority.
A new mechanic, sliding, has also been added. Crouching while sprinting or otherwise moving will allow the user to slide across the ground for a short time, preserving momentum and allowing for slide-hops for quick traversal of the arena.
The armory of Titanfall 2 was greatly expanded since the first game. On launch, Titanfall 2 had 20 Pilot Primary weapons and 8 Pilot secondary weapons. Unlike the first game, which featured primary weapons, secondary weapons and an Anti-Titan weapon, the AT and Sidearm roles were now in the same category, and choosing one meant sacrificing the other, allowing a trade-off between specialty and versatility. This secondary weapon category included 4 sidearms and 4 AT weapons. Of these weapons, every single Titanfall weapon returned in some form or another (The R-101C Carbine replaced with the R-201 Assault Rifle, the G2A4 Battle Rifle replaced with the G2A5 Battle Rifle etc).
Compared to Titanfall's limited selection of Cloak, Active Radar Pulse and Stim, Titanfall 2's tactical selection expanded to include four new tacticals into the mix: Holo Pilot, Phase Shift, A-Wall and Grapple. Active Radar Pulse did not directly return, but rather was replaced with the similar Pulse Blade. Each tactical now has its own Pilot model (as opposed to the model being based on weapon as in the first game), allowing players to know someone's abilities just by looking at them.
Replacing the Burn Cards of old is the "Boost" system. Before a match, players can select one of a dozen Boosts, that provide various effects. When the player hits a certain percentage of their Titan meter (Percentage depending on the boost in question), they will then be able to activate the boost they have chosen as a one-time use item, bringing its effect into play. This could range from simply upping the damage of weapons, to giving the player a Battery or even place down an anti-personnel sentry turret. After the player has called in their Titan, the player will be able to call in their boost again.
Titans have had a significant gameplay change since the first game. Instead of fully-customisable loadouts like those of Pilots, Titans are now based on six class archetypes (Seven, as of Monarch's Reign). These archetypes each have a unique class weapon, tactical/ utility ability, Core Ability, Ordnance and defensive ability. In addition, Electric Smoke - a defensive ability selectable in lieu of another in Titanfall - is now a standard ability available to all Titans.
Titan customization is not completely gone, as players can still select three Titan Kits, one universal, one unique to that Titan class and one that affects how the Titan drops into battle. These allow a player to emphasize or optimize a certain playstyle within their class. For example, a player playing Ion could optimise their class towards the Laser Shot as their primary tool by using Entangled Energy to constantly replenish their shot. Alternatively, they could emphasize their Vortex Shield via Vortex Amplifier, Laser Core via Grand Cannon or Splitter Rifle via Refraction Lens. The only exception to this is the Monarch, which can choose three tiers of upgrades to use in its upgrade core; a full explanation of this mechanic can be found here.
The six launch Titan classes are Ion, Scorch, Northstar, Ronin, Tone and Legion. A seventh, Monarch, was added in Monarch's Reign. Ion and Tone are based on the Atlas Titan, Scorch and Legion are based on the Ogre and Northstar and Ronin are based on Stryder. Monarch is based on the Vanguard, seen in the campaign, but in practicality has the same stats as the Atlas Titans.
There are several other differences to Titans in Titanfall 2, that overall make Titans less durable than their predecessors. All Titan chassis types (Atlas, Ogre and Stryder) now have one less dash than their predecessors. This means that Ogres have no dashes without the Turbo Engine (until the Operation Frontier Shield update in which one dash is included for each), while Stryders only have two (Ronin has two, in addition to his Phase Dash ability, however).
The recharging energy shields have also been replaced with the Battery mechanic. Titans by default start with no shielding, but can be provided with a single-use (ie non-recharging) energy shield if the Pilot, or a friendly player, inserts a battery into the Titan. This action also restores a small portion of the Titan's health and provides it with some additional Core Ability charge. Batteries can be found by Rodeoing an enemy Titan and stealing theirs, killing a player carrying a battery or using the Battery Back-up Boost. Forcing a Titan into the doom state is no longer a death sentence, however, and the countdown before the Titan explodes has now been removed. This essentially allows doom state to function as a second bar of health, though it can be quickly killed by others if the player is not careful.
The campaign mode of Titanfall 2 features slightly different mechanics, as the player plays as a Vanguard class Titan as opposed to the seven Titans of multiplayer. By default, BT-7274 is equipped with the Expedition loadout not available for multiplayer use. Another campaign-unique loadout is the Brute, thus-far the only appearance of the Quad Rocket in Titanfall 2's sandbox.
To compensate for the restriction to one Titan, BT can pick up the other seven loadouts after finding them scattered throughout the various campaign missions. These loadouts are not customisable, however. BT also has two default dashes and a recharging energy shield, making him play much more like a Titanfall Atlas than any other Titan in the game.
For Pilot gameplay as Jack Cooper, the player will find they only have limited ammunition and can run out of spare magazines or grenades - this contrasts to the multiplayer experience, where weapons have infinite reloads and ordnance abilities recharge rather than run out.
Titanfall 2 was in development for roughly 25 months, with work beginning on the game in late 2014. Due to the profits gained from the original game, this allowed development to factor in both an all-new singleplayer campaign, as well as multiplayer modes. Whether or not the game would feature a singleplayer campaign was the first question asked during development. It was designed with a "gameplay first" mindset, and designed as a blend of Rambo, Star Wars, and Gundam. Respawn used a "2-1-1" ratio for the content, namely "two parts combat, one part platforming, one part puzzling." The idea of focusing on a single pilot and his Titan came up, but their actual identities were developed later.
Ship design was intended to be more practical in the setting rather than being akin to more traditional sci-fi. The ships are meant to reflect a conversion of ships that were intended for excavation, demolition, and working the land, turned into weapons of war. An inspiration for the developers was the concept of a junction between technological advancement and the inevitability of conflict.
Alongside the game's announcement, Respawn Entertainment announced that a Titanfall television series was in production in conjunction with Lionsgate TV - though little information is currently known on the subject. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella has likewise desired to develop a Titanfall animated series.
In August 2016, the Titanfall 2 Technical Test was held on two weekends with the first running from August 19 to August 21, and the second from August 26 to August 28.
Promotions and tie-ins
Several promotional offers and tie-ins were available as part of the game's promotion, largely focusing around cosmetic items. Codes found in the receipts of Buffalo Wild Wings purchases offered the chance to earn the "Winged Fury" Nose Art for the Ion Titan, while codes found on the labels of Mountain Dew bottles offered several unique items including the Night Tech Warpaint for Ion, the In Your Face Execution animation, instant access to the Ronin Titan, the Target Camo for use on any Pilot, Weapon or Titan and Double XP tokens for use in-game.
Players who also own Battlefield 1 on the same EA account would be granted access to the exclusive "Red Baron" Warpaint for the Ion Titan, a First World War-themed skin.
Nitro Scorch Pack
The Nitro Scorch Pack is a collection of a Nose Art, a unique Warpaint and a unique Banner available for those who pre-ordered Titanfall 2. The pack can also be purchased as downloadable content for those who were unable to get it at launch.
Titanfall 2 launched with several different editions of the game, depending on price range and availability. The standard edition only launched with the base game, while others offered various physical and digital bonuses.
- Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition
- Titanfall 2 Marauder Corps Collector's Edition
- Titanfall 2 Vanguard SRS Collector's Edition
On August 1, 2017, the Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition was released as a means of allowing newer players to jump into the game without being at a disadvantage compared to higher-level players with more equipment and gear. The Ultimate Edition automatically unlocked all Pilot Tacticals and Titans, among other features.
Post-Launch SupportUnlike the first game's season pass and paid map packs - Expedition, Frontier's Edge and IMC Rising - Respawn instead decided to make all maps and game-affecting content (Such as weapons, titans and abilities) free to all Titanfall 2 players. As of October 2017, six new maps for regular mutliplayer (five of which are remastered from Titanfall), several new game modes, one new Titan, one new faction, two new weapons, six new Executions and six new Kits have been added into the game over five DLCs. Additionally, eight non-regular multiplayer maps have also been added, one for the Coliseum mode and six for the Live Fire mode. Each update has also included a swath of balance passes, to fine-tune aspects of the sandbox. The Live Fire update additionally brought refinements to the matchmaking system, allowing players to search multiple playlists at once, rather than only search for one gamemode.
The return of the Frontier Defense gamemode also saw a number of exclusive enemy types added for the mode, supporting a total of eight maps. This new incarnation of the wave-based defense mode saw a number of improvements and changes over the original.
Paid DLC has also been added, but these are purely cosmetic, and do not impact the balance of the game or the gameplay itself. These include new camos, warpaints, Callsign banners and patches, Prime Titans, Elite Warpaints and Titan Nose Arts. For details, see the individual pages linked below;
- Angel City's Most Wanted (November 2016)
- Live Fire (February 2017)
- Colony Reborn (March 2017)
- A Glitch in the Frontier (April 2017)
- Monarch's Reign (May 2017)
- The War Games (June 2017)
- Operation Frontier Shield (July 2017)
- Postcards From the Frontier (August 2017)
- Tricks and Treats (October 2017)
- Harvest Time (November 2017)
- Operation Endeavor (December 2017)
As of 2018, development on Titanfall 2 has ceased, with all staff having moved onto the next Titanfall game. The Featured Mode, however, will additionally continue to be used by Respawn as a testbed for new potential gametypes and additions to the game. Despite title updates ceasing production, the Featured Mode matchmaking playlist will continue to rotate every two weeks, and the Insane difficulty Frontier Defense map will continue to rotate once per month.
UI concept art
- ↑ Respawn AMA on Reddit
- ↑ Game Informer #85: The Year of the Shooter - How the Genre Came to Rule 2016
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Forbes - 'Titanfall 2': Lead Writer Promises A Grounded, Dirty and Human World
- ↑ Frontier News Network - 10.03.17
- ↑ Jayfresh on Reddit
- ↑ Metascore for Titanfall 2 on PCMetacritic, Retrieved May 20, 2020
- ↑ Metascore for Titanfall 2 on PS4Metacritic, Retrieved May 20, 2020
- ↑ Metascore for Titanfall 2 on Xbox OneMetacritic, Retrieved May 20, 2020