One of the biggest criticisms of the first Titanfall was the game’s disappointing story mode. Instead of having missions built specifically for a single-player, story-driven experience, Titanfall’s campaign simply slapped character dialogue over AI matches in multiplayer maps. Players were pretty unsatsified.
For Titanfall 2, it seems that Respawn has decided to create a single-player campaign that might focus on more traditional FPS storytelling. Lead Writer Jesse Stern says that the campaign will be a “vision of grand global colonial warfare, retelling the story of the American Revolution and the American Civil War in space” with a setting that is “grounded, dirty, human, and real.” Titanfall 2 may better explain the conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia, two groups who are fighting for resources in the furthest reaches of explored space. Now we might have a reason to pay attention to the NPCs talking in our ears.
The teaser trailer may have only given us a few seconds of footage from Titanfall 2, but it revealed quite a doozy. We see a smoking drop pod being discovered by a titan and when it comes to a halt, the bipedal mech shoves a sword into the ground. A sword! Titans had melee capabilities in the previous game but in the form of Rock-’em-Sock-’em-robot-style punching. Now it seems players will be able to take close quarter titan combat to a new level. Here’s hoping there’ll be some sweet execution animations to go with the new blades.