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Respawn Partners With Nexon For Free-To-Play Mobile Titanfall Games

by Mike Futter on Oct 29, 2015 at 01:30 AM

While we’re still waiting on news of Respawn’s next game, today brings details on related projects in the Titanfall universe. Respawn is teaming up with Nexon for a joint investment in Particle City, a studio who will be making mobile Titanfall games.

The multi-game, multi-year deal gives Nexon publishing rights for a series of Titanfall mobile titles. The first will be released on iOS and Android in 2016. This deal does not impact Respawn's console and PC publishing partnership with EA.

Nexon previously partnered with Respawn and EA to bring the PC version of Titanfall to Asia as a free-to-play game. No specifics are available yet about what genres these games will inhabit, but Respawn founder Vince Zampella says that they will be “original gameplay experiences,” and we're told they will not be first-person shooters.

Particle City was co-founded by Zampella, who will be serving as a creative advisor, and Larry Pacey, who was previously employed by slot machine maker WMS. Prior to that, Pacey was a producer with n-Space, Sega, and Atari.

News of a Zampella/Pacey partnership emerged in April 2014. That company, Nuclear Division, is now Particle City.


Our Take
While Titanfall didn't have the stickiness we might have expected in the run-up to its release, that doesn't mean we don't want another. This mobile news comes as a surprise, and we're curious what it means for the future of the franchise on console and PC. With Respawn handing over development duties, I suspect there's more Titanfall news coming in the not too distant future.