During an interview with Axios Gaming, Respawn director Vince Zampella revealed that Fukuda is currently leading a “very small” team that’s exploring new IP.
“The mission is to find the fun in something new,” said Zampella.
A small team led by Steve Fukuda (Titanfall series director) is in the early stages of developing an original IP
“The mission is to find the fun in something new”, says Vince Zampella.
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Fukuda is perhaps best known for his work on the Titanfall series, as director of the popular FPS franchise. Titanfall began as an online multiplayer game, with Titanfall 2 building upon this with a thoroughly enjoyable solo campaign.
Since the sequel’s release in 2016, fans have been dying to see another installment in the Titanfall franchise. Although, there are apparently no plans to make Titanfall 3 right now.
“It has to be the right thing,” said Zampella in a recent interview. “It’s such a beloved franchise for the fans and also for us. If it is not the right moment in time, the right idea, then it just doesn’t make sense.”
Of course, Titanfall and Titanfall 2 aren’t the only games set in this universe – Respawn’s own battle royale Apex Legends exists there, too. And that might just make things that little more complicated.
“Apex [Legends] is the Titanfall universe, right?” said Zampella. “There’s how do you do something that doesn’t confuse people that are Apex fans, but not necessarily Titanfall fans yet. It’s a hard question to answer, but ultimately I would love to see something.”
Right now, it looks as though Titanfall’s series director is otherwise occupied… but whether or not Fukuda will end up creating a whole new franchise based on his current mission to “find the fun in something new” remains to be seen.
But for now, at least, it looks as though you’ll have to wait for your next titan fix.
Want to read more about Titanfall? Check out the secret Titanfall game that was canceled by EA as well as how Titanfall 2 reimagined movement in first-person shooters.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.