Titanfall was a moderate success for PC and Xbox One, with its innovative gameplay which mixed parkour with giant mechs. Now, some details about the sequel have been revealed in a Forbes Magazine interview with the game's lead writer Jesse Stern, who promises a game that will feature both "single-player" and "multiplayer".
For one, unlike its predecessor, Titanfall 2 will have a full single player campaign. The first game did not have one due to limited resources. Flushed with money generated by Titanfall has allowed developer Respawn the luxury of including both a single player and multplayer experience this time around.
The conflict of Titanfall 2 will be an interplanetary version of the American Revolution and American Civil War conflicts. "We imagined the next generation of immigrants moving out to the new frontier of an inhabitable planet," said Stern in the interview. "Rather than taking a traditional sci-fi approach to that we wanted to look at how that would happen practically, what the ships would look like and with machines that were designed for excavation and construction, demolition and working the land, and what happens when they are turned into instruments of war."
The lack of backstory was one of the bigger issues of multiplayer in Titanfall, since players had no idea what the overarcing story was. "One of the shortcomings of the first game was we just did not have the mechanism to tell everyone ‘here’s who you are, here’s where you are and who’s around you'," promised Stern. Knowing that the battle is between colonists and loyalists gives the combat additional weight and motivation.
Stern also teased the intriguing notion that not everything is strictly technological in the game. “What inspires us is the junction of technological advancement with the inevitability of conflict and war and what the next war might look like. In Titanfall 2 there will be a lot of (scenes) where science meets magic, but keeping it grounded and dirty and human and real.”
Titanfall 2 is due to be released in fiscal year 2017, which means anytime between April 2016 and March 2017.