Apex Legends Games Director, Chad Grenier, recently confirmed in an Apex Developer panel that Season 9 of Apex Legends will see a lot of Titanfall content coming into the game once it arrives later this year.
For those that do not know, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale title developed by Respawn Entertainment. It was released in 2019 and is set in the same universe as the Titanfall franchise.
What Can We Expect from Apex Legends Season 9?
So far, we have very little official information to go on as to what to expect when Season 9 of Apex Legends arrives in the Summer of 2021. However, one of the most prevalent rumors is that a new Legend in Blisk will reportedly have the ability to summon Titans. This will effectively mark as one of the few times that the Titanfall franchise will be directly referenced in Apex Legends.
So far neither EA nor Respawn has addressed the earlier leaks. However, it's just too much of a coincidence for Grenier to start talking about Apex Legends Season 9 having more Titanfall content just weeks after the leak made rounds.
To be more specific, his exact words were "If you're a Titanfall fan, hang on for Season 9", after saying that there's going to be more Titanfall content coming to Apex Legends. He later explained that the two games tell different stories. Whereas Titanfall told a "war story", Apex Legends tells the story of "life after the war".
As per Grenier, the development team is currently trying to figure out how to integrate Titanfall. In particular, what their earlier sci-fi shooter franchise means to the Apex Legends universe. Unfortunately, Grenier didn't have much more to say about the kind of Titanfall content coming to Apex Legends.
When Is the Apex Legends Season 9 Release Date?
Respawn Entertainment is yet to confirm when Season 9 of Apex Legends will drop, but we don't have to wait for an official announcement to estimate when it's going to arrive. For one, we know by now that Respawn Entertainments to separate each season of Apex Legends by around three months. The new update also usually arrives on a Tuesday.
Another thing that we have to go on is that the Season 8 Battle Pass ends on May 3. This means that players will only have until then to unlock the items included in the current season's Battle Pass.
When you consider those two things, May seems like a logical choice for Season 9 of Apex Legends to arrive. To be more specific, we're thinking that it will arrive on either May 4 or May 11. Both dates land on Tuesdays. We're learning more towards the former though. It just wouldn't make sense for Respawn Entertainment to let players go an entire week in between seasonal updates.
What Does This Mean for Titanfall 3?
Titanfall 2 was easily the most underrated shooter of its generation. Although critically acclaimed, Titanfall 2 failed to capture the attention of gamers at launch. Many blamed EA for the game's underwhelming commercial performance. After all, they released Titanfall 2 in between their very own shooter, Battlefield 1, and another big AAA shooter title in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
With that said, despite its relative lack of sales, Titanfall 2 went on to receive multiple accolades by the end of 2016 from respected video game publications.
To this day, many continue to play Titanfall 2 and wish for a proper sequel to release. This is despite Respawn Entertainment focusing most of its efforts towards Apex Legends already. But, with more Titanfall content coming to Apex Legends, there's reason to believe that this is their way of gauging interest from Apex Legends' existing fanbase.
At the same time, it could also be their way of teasing a potential sequel set to release years from now.
We wouldn't put it past Respawn Entertainment to drop Titanfall content in Apex Legends only to confirm Titanfall 3 at EA Play Live 2021.
Either way, we'll have to wait for a couple of weeks to know more about what kind of Titanfall content is coming to Apex Legends Season 9.