The Jimquisition: Prepare For Titanfail

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Titanfall 2 is brilliant, but it doesn’t look like luck (or an audience) has been on its side.

Let’s look at why it all fell apart, and why this is a shitty thing in the wider scheme of things.

Thanatos
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Thanatos

Simply put, there is not room for 3 multiplayer focused bro shooters to be released within a month of each other. People do not play two, let alone three at once.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

I’m insanely shit at Titanfall 2. Consistently bottom of my team. I still can’t get enough of it.

Gaijin-
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Gaijin-

I think Jim and other reviewers are misreading the lack of season pass and paid DLC as pro-consumer gestures when all they mean is that EA does not see a future for this game, hence not investing in additional content.

Weresquirrel
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Weresquirrel

Would it perhaps be too cynical and/or conspiracy theory-like to imagine that the release date was in fact a calculated move? So that they could point at the lack of season pass/microtransactions and single player campaign effort and say: “Oh look, see those aren’t good, let’s stay the course and continue being shitty, and if anyone pipes up we can tell them Titanfall 2 failed because of those things.”

Probably not. If it was Konami I could imagine it all to easily though.

Bedinsis
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Bedinsis

This situation reminds me of Ubisoft in 2003.
In November of that year they released Beyond Good and Evil, an action-adventure game with gun free combat and a teen-rating.
The same month they also released Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, an action-adventure game with gun free combat and a teen-rating. Oh, and it was part of an established franchise.
Beyond Good and Evil died in the crib following that release, and the plans for sequels were scrapped.

David James Booth
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David James Booth

What’s the betting Respawn will end up being the scapegoat. Lets face it EA CEO’s are grand masters at shifting blame at this point.

Wellsy487
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Wellsy487

I think it’s a shame when a good game goes wrong. I haven’t brought it yet, but sounds worth getting. Sadly large companies have so many different sections that don’t speak to each other that they end up cocking up monumentally like EA has with Titanfall, and sadly nothing will come of it. Companies quite often don’t realise that there are problems until it is too late. I used to work in a large corporation, and watched it destroy the small section I worked in through incompetence until I got out. Sadly there will no lessons learnt from Titanfall 2… Read more »

jedimastercosmin
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jedimastercosmin

I loved this episode. Jim actually took a game company like EA and made them feel like a tragic villain.
Have you ever thought about writting novels, Jim?

Captiosus
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Captiosus

Part of me is very cynical about the whole thing. EA would never agree to such a thing for Battlefield (or even Battlefront) and part of me feels the free DLC and release placement were purposeful decisions by a company not completely invested in the IP. Respawn might own the rights to the franchise but if it effectively flops twice (commercially), I doubt any other publisher would bother picking it up.

RagnarokNCC
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RagnarokNCC

Own it. Love it. Stand by it. I hope Titanfall has a long tail.

Steven Wells
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Steven Wells

Only 17 pre recorded voices in the robot that costs 114.99gbp – 60gbp for the game and season pass (lets face it, the season pass should be part of the game) so the robot itself costs 54.99gbp.

only 17 voices… lol no sorry, for those of us in asia, I can get Kamen Rider belts, yokai watches for half that with way more pre recorded sounds in the toys.

Christoph Brinkmann
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Christoph Brinkmann

Now to sit back and wait for Ubisoft’s employees disguising themselves as fans leaping on here and saying how great it is that Ubi is giving us options.

Because make no mistake, those posts are coming.

Siddartha 85
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Siddartha 85

Isn’t it a bit early to dig this game’s grave? I just bought it this week. It’s amazing.

Meyneth
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Meyneth

Attack on Titanfall.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

This is just Battleborn vs Overwatch all over again imo. Except this time there are THREE competing titles. People are just getting what their friends are getting, and Titanfall doesn’t have anything resembling a huge fan base.

George
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George

A combination of brand fatigue, shooter fatigue, poor timing and poor branding. With all the bitter feelings from the original Titanfall they should have just called something else entirely.

that said, maybe just maybe this is the beginning of a shift? Maybe this is a symptom of eroding customer confidence? Do customers really want to keep giving EZ, Activision ect chances? It could be that people are getting fed up?

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

I was cautiously optimistic for Watchdogs 2, but at this point, I don’t even feel gutted as a customer, just… thoroughly uninterested.

Malidictus
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Malidictus

I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand I DO want to buy Titanfall, but on the other… I’m no longer a fan of these monolithic $60 games any more. I don’t feel like buying one monolithic game every year, then throwing it in the bin for Game 2 next year. From my experience with both MMOs and some smaller PC games, I’d rather buy a game and then support it through periodic DLC than throw it away for the next one. Even if that ends up costing me more over the lifespan of the game,… Read more »

Gordon Bennett
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Gordon Bennett

Was that the theme music from Allo Allo playing faintly in the background during the Ubisoft segment?

theeheadache
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theeheadache

bought it the other day to solve my shooter jones during the holiday seasons. it’s a robust single player but it feels a bit too short. not had a problem on multiplayer but.. capture the flag took a bit longer than comfortable. very interested if they do no charged dlc or mike row transactions.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

I almost feel compelled to buy a copy of Titanfall 2, but then I remember how much I disliked the first one.

NYC is going to be rockin this weekend, fighting and boglins, what more could you ask for?

chrisbrady
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chrisbrady

Well, this simply proves one thing. Gamers are utter liars whenever they whine about wanting ‘new IPs’. EA from 2008 to now, is a perfect example. They try new stuff, they fail.

Activision uses the same formula for the last near decade, and gamers lap it up. Hell, they do the worse of season pass shenanigans. And they still do great.

That tells me that any one who claims that they want ‘innovation’ they’re lying.

Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

It’s an online service based game, you can bet at least that portion will have micro-transactions, especially if they’re not charging for content updates. With buy to play online games, the initial cost would be for the development, and starting infrastructure cost, micro-transactions, DLC, and other on going/future costs cover continued maintenance, and development.

tom
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tom

Crappy EA will blame the titanfall game that’s 90% on Metacritic before they ever blame themselves for sandwiching Titanfalls low sales.

Can I also add the insanity of releasing Owlboy during the same period.
A game that took 10 years to make by small indie team, was released surrounded by HUGE publisher titles. WTF x 1000.

Gennadios
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Gennadios

Did I miss it or was there no mention of the fact that the PC release of Titanfall 2 was an Origin exclusive? It’s not surprising anyone with EA games these days, but the fact that it’s only sold on EA’s walled garden probably contributes to the abysmal sales PC side.