Battlefield 2042 isn't EA's first foray into multiplayer-only shooters. Back in 2014, EA and Respawn Entertainment gambled with Titanfall, which ultimately paid off. The game has since spawned a sequel in 2016's much more beloved Titanfall 2 and the free-to-play battle royale shooter, Apex Legends, which was released in 2019. Unfortunately, while Titanfall continues to have a strong following after all these years, it appears that Respawn has decided to call it quits on the game.
Effective today, Respawn has delisted Titanfall from its digital storefronts for good with the game also saying goodbye to various subscription services such as Xbox Game Pass and EA Play starting on March 1, 2022.
It's only a matter of time before Titanfall's servers go down
A note about Titanfall. pic.twitter.com/Ew232HkUIo
— Respawn (@Respawn) December 1, 2021
There are two silver linings here: Titanfall is still available for purchase if you can get your hands on a physical copy and you can still play Titanfall online for as long as the servers are up.
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell for how long Respawn intends to keep the game's servers live. Earlier this year, a group of concerned hackers decided to hack their way into Apex Legends to try and get Respawn to notice the problems with Titanfall's servers. To make matters worse, hackers and cheaters proliferated Titanfall 2 soon after. Although Respawn appeared to tease more Titanfall content back in September, we haven't heard much about Respawn's first two games since.
With that said, Respawn's decision to delist Titanfall was probably just a matter of time. It's been several years since the release of Titanfall and as an online-only title, there was very little incentive to keep it going. The delisting might just be a prelude to the eventual closing of the game's servers.
If it's any consolation, Titanfall 2 is still up and more characters from the Titanfall games are making their way to Apex Legends.
In other Respawn Entertainment news, the studio was rumored to be working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 back in March. An EA earnings call several months later appeared to confirm this, suggesting that Respawn has its hands full right now between working on the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel and keeping Apex Legends fresh with a constant stream of new content.