Respawn CEO Vince Zampella says ‘Titanfall 3’ isn’t a sure thing

Gabe Gurwin
Digital Trends
Respawn CEO Vince Zampella says ‘Titanfall 3’ isn’t a sure thing
Respawn CEO Vince Zampella has said in an interview with Glixel that a potential third Titanfall game isn't guaranteed. The game's reported sales data thus far has been below Electronic Arts' expectations.

Subscribe on YouTube

Titanfall 2 launched to considerable critical acclaim last month, with particular praise going to the game’s surprisingly good single-player campaign and alterations to the original Titanfall‘s multiplayer. However, with early sales reports suggesting that the game may have underperformed — perhaps even more so than the original Xbox console-exclusive game — Respawn CEO Vince Zampella won’t confirm that a third game is happening yet.

Speaking to Glixel, Zampella expressed a small amount of uncertainty as to whether or not Respawn would continue the series after Titanfall 2.

“We don’t know yet,” Zamepella said when asked about the series’ future. “The game is, critically, a huge success. We’re really happy with all the reviews and the positive sentiment. Sales, it’s too early to tell. We’d definitely like to tell more of a story and the universe. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll explore more of it. EA might have announced more.”

More: How to master your Titan and cause carnage in Titanfall 2

Publisher Electronic Arts did indeed announce that the series would continue “for many, many years to come” during an investor Q&A earlier this month, adding that the Titanfall brand has “huge opportunity” for continued expansion, but did not state with certainty that this would involve a full-fledged third installment.

Zampella also acknowledged in the Glixel interview that  sandwiching the game’s release between former studio Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare Remastered and EA’s Battlefield 1 was not his decision, and there is “always a concern” that a publisher will put more support behind its in-house projects than those made with an independent studio.

Titanfall 2‘s extremely positive critical reception could also mean that sales will continue to improve over time. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said earlier this week that Titanfall 2 is about “the long run” and that the publisher will “continue to build engagement” through free map packs. The original game launched with a more traditional “season pass” model back in 2014, potentially splitting up its player base.

Titanfall 2 is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.