Last updated
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Developer(s) Respawn Entertainment
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch
First release Titanfall
March 11, 2014
Latest release Apex Legends Mobile
May 17, 2022

Titanfall is a media franchise that mainly features first-person shooter games. The series was created by Respawn Entertainment and debuted on Xbox and Microsoft Windows; it has expanded to other consoles and platforms.



In Titanfall, players control "Pilots" and their mech-style Titans, and fight in six-on-six matches set in the war-torn outer space colonies of the Frontier. The game is optimized for fast-paced, continual action, aided by wall-running abilities and populations of computer-controlled soldiers. Other titles in the series includes unique characters who are able to use special abilities.


Release timeline
Main series in green
Apex Legends series in yellow
2014 Titanfall
2016 Titanfall 2
2017 Titanfall: Assault
2019 Apex Legends
2022 Apex Legends Mobile

Main series


Titanfall, the first game in the series, was released for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on March 11, 2014. On April 8, 2014, it released for Xbox 360. The game was mainly multiplayer focused with no real single-player campaign included. Instead, there was a single-player tutorial included that served as a way for the player to learn the mechanics of the game.

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 was released on October 28, 2016, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. This time, the game included a single-player campaign with a full-fledged story. Many of the mechanics from Titanfall returned, including maps in multiplayer. The game received several free updates after its launch, including a returning multiplayer mode known as Frontier Defense. The level "Effect and Cause" in particular was well received.


Titanfall: Assault

Titanfall: Assault was a top-down real-time strategy game for mobile platforms in the style of Clash Royale . It was developed by Particle City and Respawn Entertainment, published by Nexon, and released for iOS and Android [1] in August 2017. [2] [3] All servers for Titanfall: Assault were shut down on July 30, 2018. [4] On July 31, 2018, Titanfall: Assault was removed from Google Play shortly after the servers were shut down.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a battle royale game that features hero shooter mechanics and the first major platform spin-off for the series. While the game is not directly tied to Titanfall, many of its assets and gameplay features were based on Titanfall 2. Although Apex Legends takes place in the Titanfall universe, the games do not run parallel to each other. [5] The game was released in 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows, and in 2021 for Nintendo Switch as a free-to-play game. The game was met with positive critical reception. [6] The game holds the record for the most players signed up in 1 week at 25 million. [7] The game currently has a playerbase of 100 million people. [8] The mobile game version called Apex Legends Mobile was released on May 17, 2022 [9]


Titanfall: Frontline

Titanfall: Frontline was a collectible card game that was played in real-time. The player collects and places Pilot, Titan, and burn cards to damage and defeat their opponent. Pilot and Titan cards can combine to perform extra damage. [10] In January 2017, Titanfall: Frontline was cancelled. [11]

Titanfall Online

In 2016, EA had announced that it was partnering with Nexon to create an Asian market specific version of Titanfall called Titanfall Online, similar to Counter-Strike Online and Call of Duty Online . [12] This version was based on the first Titanfall rather than its sequel, with some slight differences like four main pilots in the game, the introduction of a new titan, and a new map. Titanfall Online had a closed beta in 2017. [13] Titanfall Online was cancelled on July 9, 2018, primarily due to poor reception during testing and a changing market. [14]

Unannounced Titanfall/Apex Legends single-player crossover

On 2 February 2023, the supposed single-player Titanfall and Apex Legends game codenamed TFL (short for Titanfall Legends) has been cancelled even before the announcement. [15]


Titanfall is the first game developed by Respawn Entertainment, a developer founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella. As ex-employees of Infinity Ward, they helped create the Call of Duty franchise. The two were fired after contract disputes. [16] [17]

Related Research Articles

Infinity Ward, Inc. is an American video game developer. They developed the video game Call of Duty, along with seven other installments in the Call of Duty series. Vince Zampella, Grant Collier, and Jason West established Infinity Ward in 2002 after working at 2015, Inc. previously. All of the 22 original team members of Infinity Ward came from the team that had worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault while at 2015, Inc. Activision helped fund Infinity Ward in its early days, buying up 30 percent of the company, before eventually fully acquiring them. The studio's first game, World War II shooter Call of Duty, was released on the PC in 2003. The day after the game was released, Activision bought the rest of Infinity Ward, signing employees to long-term contracts. Infinity Ward went on to make Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare reboot, and its sequel.

Battlefield is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by Swedish company EA DICE and is published by American company Electronic Arts. It started out on Microsoft Windows and OS X with Battlefield 1942, which was released in 2002. The Battlefield series has been played by more than 50 million players worldwide as of August 2012.

<i>MechAssault</i> 2002 video game

MechAssault is a video game released for the Xbox notable for being one of the first games to support Xbox Live online multiplayer. Developed by Day 1 Studios and published by Microsoft, MechAssault was initiated when Denny Thorley of Day 1 Studios approached Jon Kimmich of Microsoft about developing an original BattleTech game built from the ground up to support console play. "MechAssault" was released in November 2002. A sequel, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, was released on December 28, 2004. Both games are set in the BattleTech fictional universe.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Online game</span> Video game played over the Internet

An online game is a video game that is either partially or primarily played through the Internet or any other computer network available. Online games are ubiquitous on modern gaming platforms, including PCs, consoles and mobile devices, and span many genres, including first-person shooters, strategy games, and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG). In 2019, revenue in the online games segment reached $16.9 billion, with $4.2 billion generated by China and $3.5 billion in the United States. Since the 2010s, a common trend among online games has been to operate them as games as a service, using monetization schemes such as loot boxes and battle passes as purchasable items atop freely-offered games. Unlike purchased retail games, online games have the problem of not being permanently playable, as they require special servers in order to function.

Halo is a military science fiction media franchise, originally created and developed by Bungie and currently managed and developed by 343 Industries, part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios. The series launched in 2001 with the first-person shooter video game Halo: Combat Evolved and its tie-in novel, The Fall of Reach. The latest main game, Halo Infinite, was released in late 2021 as a free to play beta, and then had the campaign release later that year.

<i>Star Wars</i> video games Video games based on the Star Wars franchise

Over one hundred video games based on the Star Wars franchise have been released, dating back to some of the earliest home consoles. Some are based directly on films while others rely heavily on the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

<i>Frontlines: Fuel of War</i> 2008 video game

Frontlines: Fuel of War is a first-person shooter game for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. It was released February 25, 2008 in North America. It was produced by the now-defunct Kaos Studios. Frontlines: Fuel of War was also originally in development for the PlayStation 3, although THQ announced it had canceled work on this version on January 24, 2008, seemingly as a result of problems with developing for the PlayStation 3, issues that had been referenced in interviews prior to the PlayStation 3 version's cancellation.

<i>Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat</i> 2007 video game

Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat is a total conversion mod for Valve's Source engine. Released in 2007, it's a multiplayer tactical shooter, focused on a realistic experience, compared to other titles in that period. The game is primarily set in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a war between the United States Marine Corps, and a group of rebel insurgents.

Respawn Entertainment, LLC is an American video game development studio founded in 2010 by Jason West and Vince Zampella and owned by Electronic Arts since 2017. West and Zampella previously co-founded Infinity Ward and created the Call of Duty franchise, where they were responsible for its development until 2010.

<i>Titanfall</i> (video game) 2014 multiplayer first-person shooter video game

Titanfall is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Windows and Xbox One on March 11, 2014; an Xbox 360 version ported by Bluepoint Games was released April 8, 2014. The game was anticipated as the debut title from developers formerly behind the Call of Duty franchise.

<i>Titanfall 2</i> 2016 first-person shooter video game

Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. A sequel to 2014's Titanfall, the game was released worldwide on October 28, 2016, for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. In Titanfall 2, players control Titans, mecha-style exoskeletons and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of skills ranging from wall-running to cloaking. Set in a science fiction universe, the single-player campaign follows the story of Jack Cooper, a rifleman from the Frontier Militia, who bonds with his mentor's Titan BT-7274 after his mentor is killed in action. Together, they embark on a quest to stop the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) from using a superweapon to destroy the Militia base on the planet Harmony.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cross-platform play</span> Ability of players using different video game systems to play with each other simultaneously

In video games with online gaming functionality, also called cross-compatible play, cross-platform play, crossplay, or cross-play describes the ability of players using different video game hardware to play with each other simultaneously. It is commonly applied to the ability for players using a game on a specific video game console to play alongside a player on a different hardware platform such as another console or a computer. A related concept is cross-save, where the player's progress in a game is stored in separate servers, and can be continued in the game but on a different hardware platform.

<i>Titanfall: Frontline</i> Video game

Titanfall: Frontline is a cancelled free-to-play card battle video game developed by American studio Particle City for Android and iOS devices, as part of the Titanfall franchise.

Titanfall Online was a cancelled free online first person shooter developed by Nexon based on the Titanfall series. The game was created to target the Asian market similar to other "Online" version of games like Call of Duty Online and Battlefield Online. The game had a beta launch in South Korea in 2016 with plans to expand to China and other countries. The game was cancelled and servers shutdown in 2018.

A battle royale game is an online multiplayer video game genre that blends last-man-standing gameplay with the survival, exploration and scavenging elements of a survival game. Battle royale games involve dozens to hundreds of players, who start with minimal equipment and then must eliminate all other opponents while avoiding being trapped outside a shrinking "safe area", with the winner being the last player or team alive.

<i>Titanfall: Assault</i> 2017 video game

Titanfall: Assault was a real-time strategy video game in the Titanfall series for mobile platforms in the style of Clash Royale. It was developed by Particle City and Respawn Entertainment from Electronic Arts, published by Nexon, and released for iOS and Android in August 2017. More titles are expected from Nexon, EA and Respawn's 2015 mobile game partnership.

<i>Apex Legends</i> 2019 video game

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One in February 2019, for Nintendo Switch in March 2021, and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022. A mobile version of the game designed for touchscreens titled Apex Legends Mobile was released in May 2022 on Android and iOS. The game supports cross-platform play, excluding the aforementioned mobile platforms.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Smart Pistol</span> Fictional firearm

The Smart Pistol is a fictional pistol used in the Titanfall series of first-person shooter video games. Created for pilots of the game's mechs, known as Titans, it is used to fight adversaries when the pilot is outside of the mech. The Smart Pistol MK5 appears in the first Titanfall, while the Smart Pistol MK6 appears in Titanfall 2. Known as a "controversial", notorious and divisive weapon due to its ability to automatically target and fire at multiple enemies at once, its power was lowered in the sequel, where it was made a temporary weapon. The Smart Pistol was both criticized for how strong its targeting ability was, and praised for its uniqueness and how it lowered the barrier to entry for players who were new to the genre or normally performed poorly in shooters.

<i>Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Frontline</i> Video game

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Frontline is a cancelled live-service first-person massively multiplayer online PvP class-based tactical shooter battle royale game by Ubisoft announced on October 6, 2021. It was under development for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, plus Amazon Luna and Google Stadia. On July 21, 2022, Ubisoft announced that it had cancelled development of the game.

The free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game Apex Legends, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, features a diverse cast of playable characters known as Legends. Apex Legends is set in the same science fiction universe as Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall series, with several characters from the Titanfall series appearing either as minor characters or playable Legends.


  1. McWhertor, Michael (May 3, 2017). "Titanfall: Assault turns the shooter into a real-time strategy game". Polygon.
  2. "Titanfall's First Mobile Game Is Out Today". Kotaku. 10 August 2017.
  3. McWhertor, Michael (3 May 2017). "Titanfall: Assault turns the shooter into a real-time strategy game". Polygon. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. "Shutdown announcement on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-10-03.
  5. Takahashi, Dean (February 4, 2019). "Mackey McCandlish interview — Why Respawn made battle royale shooter Apex Legends". Venturebeat . Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  6. "Apex Legends (PC)". Metacritic . Fandom, Inc. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  7. Statt, Nick (2019-02-11). "Apex Legends has hit 25 million players after one week". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  8. "'Apex Legends' has surpassed 100 million global players". NME. 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  9. "The Apex Legends Mobile release date has been announced". VGC. 2022-05-11. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  10. Sarkar, Samit (September 12, 2016). "Titanfall: Frontline is a card game coming this fall to mobile devices (update)". Polygon . Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  11. Makuch, Eddie (January 13, 2017). "Titanfall Mobile Game Canceled, Never Made It Past Beta". GameSpot . Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  12. "There's a new Titanfall game coming to South Korea". Eurogamer.net. December 2016. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  13. "Nexon Begins Accepting Titanfall Online Closed Beta Sign-Ups". MMOs. December 2016. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  14. "Titanfall Online Canceled In South Korea". Kotaku. 9 July 2018.
  15. Schreier, Jason (February 2023). "Electronic Arts Cancels Secret Apex Legends Game in Development". Bloomberg.
  16. McElroy, Griffin (May 24, 2012). "Activision v. West and Zampella case pushed back to June 1st". Polygon.
  17. Crecente, Brian (March 3, 2013). "Respawn Entertainment co-founder Jason West retires". Polygon.