Respawn is officially discontinuing digital sales of the original Titanfall after seven years, as well as removing it from subscription services in March. The game’s servers will still be online, but they’ll be between people who already have access to it. Unless you can track down a physical copy.
The studio made the announcement through its social channels, where it confirmed the servers will remain online for now. The PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 game that served as the foundation for the excellent Titanfall 2 and more recently Apex Legends, is seven years old, and Respawn seems to still view it as part of its DNA. Despite, ya know, the mixed messages on that.
The full message reads as follows:
Titanfall is part of our DNA at Respawn. It’s a game that showcased the ambitions of the studio when it was first released more than 7 years ago and it continues to be a beacon of innovation that we strive for in all our games.
We’ve made the decision to discontinue new sales of the original Titanfall game starting today and we’ll be removing the game from subscription services on March 1, 2022. We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match.
Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue. Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn.
A note about Titanfall. pic.twitter.com/Ew232HkUIo
— Respawn (@Respawn) December 1, 2021
Titanfall was a primarily multiplayer game, so its player base is basically its lifeblood, and now it has a bit of a ceiling. While the game’s still live, it does mean its days are numbered, and unless Respawn makes adjustments, the game may essentially disappear when the servers go offline. This is an issue a lot of online games are running into, and it’s a major hurdle for video game preservation. Some are finding ways to circumvent it, but others are being wiped off the face of the earth.