According to a former Respawn designer, Titanfall 3 was in the works for ten months before ultimately evolving into Apex Legends.
It turns out that Titanfall 3 had actually been under development at Respawn, former Titanfall designer Mohammad Alavi recently revealed. According to Alavi, the game was in the works for a span of ten months before it underwent a transformation and ultimately evolved into Apex Legends.
"Titanfall 2 came out, did what it did, and we were like ‘okay we’re going to make Titanfall 3," Alavi said speaking at a podcast on THE BURNETTWORK YouTube channel. "We worked on Titanfall 3 for ten months in earnest. We had the tech for it, and multiple missions going."
The designer further noted that the development of the project was going smoothly, however, the Respawn team felt that they weren't creating something as significant or groundbreaking as Titanfall 2.
He also added that the multiplayer team that was working on the game faced several challenges such as the multiplayer issues found in Titanfall 2 which the team planned to address in the third installment.
However, the situation changed when the popular battle royale game PUBG was released. In response, the team at Respawn decided to create their own battle royale map with Titanfall 3 classes. This decision generated renewed interest in the game throughout the entire company.
"We came back from break and we talked about it, and we were like 'we need to pivot,'" Alavi recalled. "We literally canceled Titanfall 3 ourselves because were like 'we can make this game and it’ll be Titanfall 2 plus a little bit better, or we can make this thing which is clearly amazing.'"
Alavi shared that he "will always miss having another Titanfall", however, according to him, "it was the right call."
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