Respawn and Nexon team up to bring Titanfall to iOS and Android devices

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Console game Titanfall to spawn a series of freemium mobile games.

Triple-A gamemakers are seeking their fortunes on mobile, which has become the world’s biggest game market, with $30 billion in estimated 2015 revenue.On Thursday, Respawn Entertainment, the developer of Titanfall, and Nexon, an Asian online and mobile game company seeking to build its business in the West, plan to announce a partnership to create several original smartphone and tablet games based on the science fiction universe of Titanfall.Many are those who wonder about the future of Titanfall, as it’s been quite some time since we last heard from Respawn for any future plans concerning the specific game title.

The latest example is Respawn Entertainment, which has partnered with Asian free-to-play game publisher Nexon to take the critically acclaimed Titanfall sci-fi universe to mobile. Now, the company has announced a new collaboration with the free to play online game maker, Nexon, and the two of them will work closely together to make Titanfall available for mobiles. Nexon, known for popular games like MapleStory and Kart Rider, will publish the games, which will involve running the online operations and acquiring players. More specifically, it won’t be an exact copy of the game taken to mobile devices, rather than a game (or a series of games for that matters) that will be based on Titanfall.

Titanfall on mobiles will “create all-new standalone games with original gameplay experiences that expand the Titanfall universe to players everywhere”, according to Respawn. The companies aren’t describing the first title just yet, but Vince Zampella, the chief executive of Respawn, told GamesBeat that he expects it to be published on iOS and Android in 2016.

On top of that, Nexon is also making a PC-based online free-to-play game in the Titanfall series, and that could also potentially hit the market in 2016. The franchise isn’t travelling far from home in its new mobile incarnations: Zampella co-founded Particle City earlier in 2015, and the studio is based at Respawn’s offices in Los Angeles. The collaboration will take place in Particle City, a Los Angeles-based studio co-founded by Respawn’s Vince Zampella and industry veteran Larry Pacey. That title is being made in conjunction with Respawn and Electronic Arts. “This comes at the heels of a relationship that we formed with Respawn and Electronic Arts to bring Titanfall console to Asia,” Mahoney said. “We are expanding that and extending the approach with it to mobile.” “I don’t know if this is the way of the future, as it is obviously here now,” he said. “Mobile devices are connected and accessible. Prior to being renamed, Particle City was widely known as Nuclear Division, the biggest part of which belongs to Respawn. “It’s about being able to extend our universe into an area that we at Respawn aren’t expert in When we built this universe, we realized how extensible it was … and we want to get it out in front of as many people as possible.” “From the Nexon side, in our experience a great game that is an online game on any platform, can last years.

He said the mobile versions of Titanfall were likely to be real-time strategy games, which are easier to play on touch screens than shooter games. “We’re extending out the universe,” said Mr. On its release, Titanfall’s evolution of the FPS genre by adding giant “titan mech” vehicles to battle with was praised by critics. “A bombastic treat, a hulking armoured paeon to Japanese mech anime like Gundam and Macross in the form of an incendiary first-person shooter,” as the Guardian put it at the time. Mahoney. “If you’re like me, you don’t want to stop playing Titanfall because you’ve stepped away from the console.” Nexon is widely credited with pioneering the online free-to-play business model for games that is now the standard for the most successful mobile games.

Microsoft has launched spinoff games Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone and iOS devices; there have been several Call of Duty mobile games in recent years; and even BioShock was released for iOS – although it has since been removed from the App Store after a compatibility issue with Apple’s iOS 8.4 software. What we find is that much of the industry, the people that we talk to, they don’t think of it that way … (they’re more interested in) cashing out and moving on to the next one. Free-to-play games allow a level of basic gameplay free, but charge players for more powerful weapons, currency and other virtual items that can enhance their game experiences. It’s also won over 60 awards at its E3 2013 reveal and a record-breaking six E3 Critics Awards and Best of Show from several media sites. “Our partnership with Nexon is momentous for many reasons.

For Respawn Entertainment, though, going mobile and free-to-play could bring its Titanfall world to a new audience of millions or even tens of millions of people who do not play games on a console or PC. We think our ideas now are the start of something that’s going to be really cool for the Titanfall franchise overall.” When asked about any thoughts and plans about a Titanfall sequel, Zampella refused to talk for now, but promised that whatever it is, it’s worth waiting for. We have learned how to do online, mobile, and Asian games over the decades.” The deal with Respawn is part of Nexon’s strategy to expand to the West.

Titanfall is a promising property as it earned more than 100 nominations and 60 awards back in 2013, when it was first rolled out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

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