Respawn Entertainment announced on Twitter earlier this afternoon that the original Titanfall was being removed from sale and that it would be leaving subscription services, namely EA Play, on March 1st, 2022. Respawn gave no explanation for the decision but did promise to keep servers active for existing players. They even hinted that more Titanfall (or at least games set in the same universe) will happen in the future. The full statement follows:
Titanfall is part of our DNA at Respawn. It’s a game that showcased the ambitions of the studio when it was first released more than 7 years ago and it continues to be a beacon of innovation that we strive for in all of our games.
We’ve made the decision to discontinue new sales of the original Titanfall game starting today and we’ll be removing the game from subscription services on March 1, 2022. We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match.
Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue. Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn.Thank you from the entire Respawn team
Polygon offered one possibility for the decision, citing years of DDoS attacks on the game that have rendered it frequently unplayable. Then, to bring attention to the game’s broken state, another group compromised Apex Legends servers in July of this year to direct players to savetitanfall.com. Presumably, the investment required to patch all versions of the game outweighs recent profits from its sales, and so the most straightforward path is to delist it.
Already delisted on Steam, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, the game is still accessible through the EA Play service until next March. Xbox and PC versions are also still out there at retail if you’re after a hard copy that will eventually become totally unplayable. I’ve added the March 2022 date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up on the site soon. Thanks to the confidential reader who first pointed out the news today.