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5 Reasons Titanfall’s Popularity Won’t Last

5 Reasons Titanfall's Popularity Won't Last

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall is sweeping both headlines and Xbox Live right now. It may the “it” game right now, but much like the Spice Girls, Justin Bieber, and Furbies, its shelf-life looks to be much shorter than its peers.

Microsoft’s Azure Servers are a Crapshoot

Utilizing Microsoft’s brand-spanking-new Azure cloud servers, Titanfall heavily relies on them to handle almost all processing duties for its AI. Not only did Xbox Live have an “unrelated” outage on its launch day, it is prone to frequent reboots that could lose your in-game progress.


Multiplayer-Only = Limited Appeal

The campaign in first-person shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield merely serves as an appetizer before the main course, but Titanfall foregoes a single player mode for multiplayer only. This isn’t as much of a death knell as the other items on the list, but the aforementioned server stability makes this difficult.

Balance is Thrown out the Window

It might be hard to balance a game when there are giant Titans against human opponents, but Titanfall should have some semblance of balance. However, weapons like the auto-locking Smart Pistol Mk5 make battles too one-sided. Balance updates might very will fix this, but it really limits its eSports potential as it stands now.

The Barrier of Entry is too High

Titanfall may be a hot new game right now, but how is it going to bring in a new crowd of gamers? Those who have yet to upgrade to next gen could settle for the Xbox 360 port by Bluepoint Games, but those looking to play the real deal need a PC or an Xbox One. Between the $500 for an Xbox One, $60 for a game, and $60 for a year of Xbox Live, finding new opponents on Microsoft’s new box might be a little more difficult for those not named Daddy Warbucks.

5 Reasons Titanfall's Popularity Won't Last
5 Reasons Titanfall’s Popularity Won’t Last

EA Holds the Publishing Rights

There’s a reason EA has held the title of “Worst Company in America” two years running. Between their draconian DRM, their love of DLC, and that oh-so-nasty habit of buying and gutting studios, gamers have every right to hate the company. Respawn Entertainment announced a Season Pass for Titanfall a mere week before its launch, even though they are on record saying that there will not be one in place.

What do you think? Is Titanfall something that will be sticking around or it just another one hit wonder? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.


  1. *Prepares for the droves of fan boys that will defend Titanfall to the end regardless of its current flaws*

    Funnily enough, I tend to write that same thing in COD related articles 😉

    1. I agree with the article. It’s no doubt a great game but it has more than a few faults just like any other great game. And the 5 things that are pointed out here are just a few of the issues Titanfall has. And yes I have played it I went with the $60 Xbox 360 port. I went next gen with the PS4 after being in the Microsoft corner the last 2 gens though I’ve had both the PS2 and PS3 my gaming was done mostly on the Microsoft systems say 85%. I’m loving the PS4 and have no plans for a X1 though maybe if they drop the kinect and the price to around $300. To me TitanFall seems more like it was going to be a free to play game and Microsoft hijacked it when they purchased the rights to it and made it a system seller for the X1 or tried to make it one. IMO it seems like an unfinished game with so much more that it could have had and I’m not just talking about a single player campaign. There can be so more more to single player modes than a campaign and TitanFall needs it to tell its story. The MP campaign is a waste. But they could add in DLC and all the other things many gamers say it’s missing and I hope it does.

  2. I personally love this shooter. I do believe that Titan fall will be a long running series just (like halo/call of duty/battlefield, etc) Those games are tremendous hits with their own pros/cons. Listing things like $500 for console, $60 for game, But not noting updated ongoing sale promos, when there are huge deals going on titan fall bundles as low as $400???… Smart pistol has been nerfed (most are not even using it when I am out there playing). Unique choices are cons listed in this article though….

  3. Such a strange article, I have all the fps and this is now my go to game, really good to have something different to play.

  4. HAHAHAHA what moronic reasons.I have almost generated and not once have i lost progress. Also its not balanced? Retard, obviously you havent even played the damned game.

    1. I seriously think that he actually hasn’t played the game…..which is pathetic if he hasn’t and then went on to write this crap.

  5. I was
    confused by the balance comment. I feel the game is very well balanced. One sided battles have absolutely nothing to do with the Smart Pistol. It’s not the best weapon. It takes for-fucking-ever to lock on to pilots. Titans are easy enough for 2 or 3 pilots to take down very quickly. Hell, even one skilled pilot can take down multiple titans using the games mechanics. This writer also appears to have something against EA. This has been their smoothest roll out ever! XBL going down on launch day had nothing to do with EA or Respawn; that was solely on Microsoft and it only lasted a few hours. The writer talks about “barriers to entry” like he’s some sort of economist. I’m sorry when was the last time a next gen release stopped any game from being successful. When PS3 came out it was, what, 600 big ones! C’mon bro, you’re starting to sound like one of those Xbox hating Sony fan boys. If the game is good and
    people buy it and tell their friends to buy it and people continue to populate the servers then it will be successful. It has nothing to do with it’s platform. The Last of Us was arguably one of the most, if not the most successful game ever made and caused many people to purchase a PS3, just like Titan fall has caused many people to purchase an X1. The servers can only get better as time goes on, unless they tell their entire staff to take a hike and let the servers degrade on their own (which won’t happen), so that’s an invalid argument. Your only valid point is the limited audience by it being a multiplayer only game. Even that’s mitigated by the fact that even the most
    terrible FPS players can come into this game and be useful by destroying the countless NPC mobs, thus making them an asset to the team. Never the less, i must agree that a multiplayer only experience is a big turn off for some people so they lost a bit of the market there.

      1. I think Jarbloko was trying to say that his point about the single player is his only valid one.

        1. And to that I would say why are people who enjoy single player games complaining that EA made a multiplayer game.
          I’m not a big fan of RPG’s but I don’t go complaining that Bethesda made Skyrim.
          If you don’t like apples, then buy oranges. Problem solved.

  6. Author is obviously butt hurt by EA for some reason.

    These are non issues in the grand scheme of the games longevity.

    -MP only? Yeah Counter Strike is a MP only game and it’s 15 years old and the number one game played on Steam.

    -The server part is just a lie and not even anywhere close to the truth.

    -Balance is perfect and the smart pistol’s auto target is offset by the time it takes to lock on. I have not heard one complaint from a single person in the community about this (Did the author even play this game?)

    -Barrier of entry? All new AAA games are $50-$60 these days, what planet are you living on where they aren’t ? Xbox live has been a paid service for almost a decade and only now for this game are you complaining about it? Your other reason suggest that there shouldn’t be a next gen because y’know charging money for a brand new upgraded system is just a cash grab, they should be for free.

    “Free X box One’s for anyone who wants to play Titanfall because we don’t want to be greedy corporate overlords”

    This article is just uninformed anti EA Tripe by someone who is probably upset that Sim City didn’t turn out the way they want.

    1. Just thought I’d chime in. Casey has very little interest in Sim City. Actually in terms of attitude towards EA, he’s probably the most positive of the staff 😀

      1. And yet as a staff member of this site you call anyone who disagrees with this article “fan boys that will defend Titanfall to the end”
        When the author clearly is biased and not even reporting the truth for half of it. Yeah I see we have some real professional games journalists here….LOL

        1. Cmon lol Fan boys isn’t exactly a huge insult. I could list of 10 games/IPs/studios that I consider myself a fan boy of and I’d defend them to the hilt as well.

          We have not edited any of your comments, I can promise you that. You are fully entitled to disagree with our opinion and voice your personal feelings on the matter.

          You may not be aware but Disqus (this comment system) is hosted elsewhere, it’s not directly on our website. I will go and look now in case your comments were placed under moderation for some reason, but we usually get an email alert.

          1. So because I call the author out on printing outright lies and fabrications and passing them off as fact that makes me a fanboy…..that’s pretty weak.

      2. Then why is he printing complete lies? Respawn has NEVER said there would be no seasons passes and it doesn’t say anything about it in the link the author provided as proof. (I guess he hoped nobody would click on it) and the things he said about servers and imbalance are just complete fabrications.
        If this isn’t someone just out to trash EA for personal reasons then I don’t know what his idea of responsible journalism is.

        1. You realize this is an opinion piece right? Just because you don’t agree with it, does not give you the right to insult the author. Bit of maturity doesn’t go amiss.

          “We want to make sure people understand we’re not going to nickel-and-dime you with microtransactions, and we don’t expect you to buy a game, put it in your console, and the first day get asked to spend more money for more content. What you get on the disc is what you bought, and that’s how we’re going to do it.” – Respawn Entertainment Producer Drew McCoy

          Thursday, 6 March 2014 – TitanFall DLC announced

          It’s a combination of the poorly worded message from the Producer and the way in which MANY media outlets understood it. To some a Day 1 Season Pass is nickel-and-dime at its very core, to others it’s not as the content is delayed.

    2. agreed…I have to be one to admit im not really much into multiplayer gaming (bc most of my friends like other titles for one, and 2 I realized that Im basically useless online w/ all the newer more fast paced gamers) but TF is a seriously fun, and WELL BALANCED game. the smart pistol is of no concern when it comes to balancing at all, this guy was shooting into the wind with that comment. I can actually take out enemies and don’t feel at all like its unbalanced(besides when im in a group of 50+ veterans..i would like if you had the option to be able to play with people your own rank or close to it..but besides that I got back into online gaming bc of this game…its great and new with decent AI as well..not the best but what AI is…this game isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and I hope games learn and expand from this..

      1. Maybe you should talk to the author of the article for printing outright lies and fabrications, that may avoid this type of reaction from people in the future.

        1. Have a read. There are PLENTY of people commenting that disagreed with the author but have the maturity level to at least show a little respect for someone elses opinion.

          1. Agree or disagree printing lies is the issue at hand. Printing absolute fabrications shows little respect for your readers.

    3. 1. Counterstrike has always been a staple of the PC and online play anyway. So it being the #1 game on Steam makes perfect sense and not really the point when talking about a CONSOLE BASED GAME. Not all console gamers have online and having a game that functions 100% as a online game would limit the market and appeal of the game. Period.

      2.Just because you’ve encountered no server issues or haven’t heard of any issues doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. Its not like Titanfall is the only game to have this issue, its just that with it being online only, it compounds the problem for some people.

      3. I think his main point about “barrier of entry” is Titanfall might not be offering enough for people to lay down money for a new XBOX One just to play the game. So they’ll likely get it for the XBOX 360. Plus with the fact Titanfall is online only and XBOX Live is a ongoing expense just to play the game. That creates a problem for potential gamers not willing to shell out the money.

      4. I get tired of this notion that because their a business their beyond reproach when it comes to their model for making money. EA has shown to be tone def when it comes to the consumer and MS as well. Its also comical to act like EA hasn’t earned some of the heat they’ve gotten in the last few years.

  7. Amazing how many comments I have seen disappear or have been edited by someone other than the authors. The site admins clearly don’t like anyone who may disagree with their uninformed opinions.

    1. Hey Annon!

      We’re actually very big fans of free speech here. We do remove and edit comments but it’s incredibly rare, usually only for extreme levels of racial slurs and whatnot.

      I can confirm that we have not removed, edited or otherwise changed any comments on this page 🙂

  8. You had 3 pending comments, all identical bar the small text at the bottom. I have approved the most recent. However, on my end it still states that it’s awaiting moderation when I view this thread. I can assure you, you’re not being censored 🙂

  9. #5 when and where exactly did Respawn say that there would be no season passes? The link provided in #5 only mentions day one dlc and microtransactions. The author of the article completely made that up.
    Printing outright fabrications and lies is the worst form of journalism.

  10. Titanfall isn’t a bad game by any means, but for a highly hyped next gen title, its not really anything special. Its just the standard first person shooter with more gimmicks thrown in. We’ll gamers be talking and fawning over Titanfall in a few years? Likely not.

  11. Titanfall release: no Season Pass, microtransactions, or Day One DLC http://www.slashgear.com/titanfall-release-no-season-pass-microtransactions-or-day-one-dlc-28318950/






    As I said, there is not a clear distinction between DLC and Season Pass. You buy a game, you then pay extra for more content. Which they said they would not do. I personally don’t think either party here is lying, it’s just a case of Chinese Whispers across the internet.

    “Respawn Entertainment announced a Season Pass for Titanfall a mere week before its launch, even though they are on record saying that there will not be one in place.” – Where there is Casey stating that they lied? Unlike yourself who is literally accusing people of intentionally misinforming.

    How many times have developers said X or Y but instead delivered A or B? Things change. Doesn’t mean they were intentionally trying to mislead customers or lying, and in this case it’s just a simple misunderstanding.

    Regardless of whether or not you want to defend the developers, there are a LOT of gamers who are still not happy with paying $60 for a game only to be asked to fork out another $20 for additional content down the line.

    “To some a Day 1 Season Pass is nickel-and-dime at its very core,” Note: I said to some, I did not include myself in that statement.”

      1. Except that post was immediately removed off of the titanfall twitter page (for good reason as the person who posted it was wrong) and an official statement was then immediately issued in regards to dlc that you already posted twice…….again pretty weak backtracking.
        When the devs take time to fully explain their policy on dlc and you ignore that and refer to a now deleted twitter post that has since been addressed by Respawn….So what you favor old news instead of official statements AFTER the twitter post and prior to launch. Things change and the company released a statement outlining their policy on dlc, but no you choose to ignore that and refer to older news?

        1. “Cherry picking what you want to make it fit your own argument is pretty lame.”

          “They said nothing of the sort……please link any sources where they said THERE WOULD BE NO DLC OR SEASON PASSES?”


          Doesn’t look deleted to me? So when you mean ANY source you mean one that you bode to be worthy. Well sorry mate, bit of a news flash. When people read something from an official Twitter account, they tend to believe it.

          1. So when they then went on to say “Titanfall ‏@Titanfallgame · Feb 28
            Sorry for any confusion. There is no ONLINE pass for Titanfall. We have no details to announce around a Season Pass at this time. #Titanfall” The “at this time” was taken by you to mean that they would never actually have any season pass? Because at the time there was no season pass(although the game was available) and to me it suggest that at the time they had no announcement.
            Also “at this time” suggests that their will indeed be a future announcement.
            Your still dodging the question of how offering a discount on future dlc that is in development is “nickel and diming”

            Here is why I take issue with this entire article , these people made a game that is VERY popular, that main stream gaming outlets seem to review with a very positive outlook, but instead of giving reasons why he personally doesn’t like it, the author is lying about server issues (of which their aren’t any), balance issues (of which there aren’t any), barrier of entry (which is exactly the same as every other new release game), and then goes on to link a page saying that in said page a statement was made by respawn that addresses season passes (which nowhere in the statement he linked did they even mention season passes) , these are all facts and if you don’t see a problem with this kind of writing for a games website, then you probably shouldn’t be running one.

          2. You’re missing the entire point. Do you know the definition of a lie? You don’t know me, Casey, any of our other editors or us as a community, so I can understand why your first line of defense would be to assume there was an intentional attempt at misleading readers. I can assure you, there was not. I would like to think the time I’ve spent trying to show you that is proof enough that we’re an honest bunch. Could the source have been more specific? Sure it could, is that a critically vital point in an opinion piece? It’s not make or break.

            People don’t follow every single thing about an upcoming release. As far as I was concerned Respawn said there would be no Season Pass. That’s not because I’m lying, or they lied, it’s because the last thing I really read regarding TitanFall was that Twitter messages and articles linking from it. I’ve not got much interest in the game so I haven’t followed it, but it’s not exactly normal practice to state one thing and then make a complete U-turn just a matter of weeks before launch.

            If there was any intention to mislead people, which only you seem to believe, I would have just removed your comments. Why would I have wasted so much time when I could have finished the conversation before it started? 😀

          3. Kinda late in the statement, but the writer wrote “Respawn Entertainment announced a Season Pass for Titanfall a mere week before its launch, even though they are on record saying that there will not be one in place.”

            The link that stands out saying “they are on record saying that there will not be one” goes to a website that does not quote or record them as saying there will not be one. The writer is factually stating that the link is a record of their (Respawn) statement regarding no season pass. It is not. It does have a different writer that implies the accompanying quote refers to a season pass. That statement in this article, not the linked article, written as fact with accompanying (supposed) evidence is a lie, intentional or not. This statement in the article (not the entire article) was not written or intended as an opinion. Had the link gone to the Twitter message it would have been truthful, even if it (the twitter statement) was redacted / corrected. It wouldn’t matter if the Twitter spot was intended as no Online Pass vs no Season Pass. It would have been an on record statement from the company.

            That being said…. I doubt the author was trying to call out Respawn as liers, per say. It seems as though it was all assumption/(mis)interpretation as Captain Camper is trying to communicate. See this is what editors once upon a time did. They went over articles to ensure things like this didn’t happen. Modern bloggers don’t have that. The responsible thing to do would be to have Casey rework / reword that line maybe even just changing the link to Captain Camper’s supplied twitter discovery. Again, modern online writers rarely ever do.

            Anon, you should understand that not everyone follows every after statement. Captain Camper saying “To some” does not mean he feels it as fact. He’s giving you an example of how interpretation works. Your statements are worded very aggressively and you are taking a LOT of his statements out of context. Read slowly, don’t get angry that he doesn’t agree with your statements.

            Camper, there was a lie told. When an author misquotes someone (by saying they are on record…) that is a statement of fact, even in an opinion piece. For example, his opinion that the servers are a crapshoot is partially based on the quoted fact that the Xbox servers had an unrelated outage. His statement of record with a link that does not list said record, was untrue. If I have two envelopes, hold one out and say ‘your number is in this envelope’, but by accident I grabbed the wrong envelope and it does not contain your number, then I lied. In turn, stating your interpretation as fact is also a lie. Did he intentionally attempt to mislead? Without even knowing him I would stake my life that he did NOT intend to mislead or lie.

      2. Except that this tweet was pulled from their page and another one posted 2 days later saying “We have no details to announce around a Season Pass at this time.” which suggests to me that at some point they would indeed have an announcement about it.
        Funny how you choose an old tweet that was since taken down and ignore the one they posted 2 days later.

        Then they make an official statement ONLY in regards to day one dlc and microtransactions which you keep quoting
        “We want to make sure people understand we’re not going to nickel-and-dime you with microtransactions, and we don’t expect you to buy a game, put it in your console, and the first day get asked to spend more money for more content.”
        This is a statement in regards to day one dlc and micro transactions…….THATS IT
        so how you gleam more information from it is beyond me.

    1. They said nothing of the sort……please link any sources where they said THERE WOULD BE NO DLC OR SEASON PASSES?

      They went on record saying no day 1 dlc or microtransaction, did you even read the quote you posted?

      Respawn has not said anything at anytime which they have not delivered on or done the opposite of what they stated, including their statement about day 1 dlc and microtransactions.

      Cherry picking what you want to make it fit your own argument is pretty lame.

      “Regardless of whether or not you want to defend the developers, there are a LOT of gamers who are still not happy with paying $60 for a game only to be asked to fork out another $20 for additional content down the line.”
      – I couldn’t agree more but that is not what was presented in the article, the author lied about server tech, balance and then completely fabricated a statement from the devs in order to call them liars.

  12. The fact that it is an XBox exclusive and owned by EA mean that two of the worst organizations in gaming are in control of the franchise. This guarantees it will be mismanaged.

    Titanfall is merely a decent game in a down year for shooters. Unless some serious changes are made, the franchise will run out of gas before it hits a third game, anyway.

    Then EA will make it “free to play”, milk every last nickel out of the game, and the original developers will write a book filled with the nightmares of being in a three way with EA and Microsoft.

  13. 1 – People said the same about WoWs servers when they first launched. In fact, despite being extremely successful, there are STILL server issues.
    2 – Look at the popularity of games like DoD, CS, Tribes, TF2. If the multiplayer is good, people will play it.
    3 – It isnt meant to be balanced (although from the little I played, there are still ways for humans to take down titans, especially with cooperation). These are giant robots designed to kill, and they’re there to add a bit of flavour
    4 – People on previous-gen consoles will still play it, and those who have a PC will still play it. Just because you were willing to fork out $600 on an Xbone and your friends aren’t… Seems to me you made the wrong decision and should have got it on the same consoles they play
    5 – Careface. EA has little-to-nothing to do with the game, and provided it is successful (which it is so far) they have no reason to mess with it.

  14. Wow. Who is this PlayStation fanboy that wrote the article? First, its 25 days later and the game is STILL popular. Second, it’s clearly obvious that it was written by someone that has not played the game. It’s one of the most well balanced FPS/MP games I’ve played, and it’s INSANELY fun! Finally, do I sense someone’s a bit jealous? That’s really how you come off in this article. Petty. Childish. Jealous. Uninformed. And all-around dickish. Should it even matter if Respawn announced no dlc/season pass, then went back on it (which they didn’t)? Companies are allowed to change their minds and/or make mistakes. I made a mistake by purchasing the X1….it’s still in testing stages. But I certainly do NOT regret buying Titanfall, nor does ANYONE I know. In fact, the general population agrees with me as well.

    I know your sad you can’t play Titanfall until the 2nd game comes out (as recently noted by Respawn), but until then….either buy the game and have fun like the rest of us, or stop whining, put your big boy panties on, and take it like a man. Dont be ignorant.

  15. It might gain some additional popularity when it comes down in price. Some people, myself included, think it looks great, but not worth $60.

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