Did EA Get The Titanfall 2 Release Wrong, Can It Respawn?

Thrown into the midst of this weeks jam packed podcast is the sad tale of Titanfall 2. It’s a disheartening story of lack of sales, which is so sad when the Sparks’ both agree that Respawn’s second iteration of their Pilot/Mech shooter not only feels amazing to play, with the tightest control and gameplay out of the big three FPS releases of the moment (Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare), but also boasts the most refined and enjoyable campaign mode too.

With flashes of inspiration from the likes of Mirror’s Edge to Super Mario Galaxy, this is one FPS that really has the player relishing each and every moment of minute-to-minute action in a campaign that really does feel like the start of a great future for the franchise.

Unfortunately, a bad release strategy – releasing in between the likes of Battlefield and Call of Duty – seems to have hampered the pick up of this great title and really, it’s fair to say that we understand why.

It is rather a baffling release strategy that leaves the Spark’s wondering if EA will back the franchise further, or was this plan perhaps designed as a way of giving the Titanfall universe one last hurrah before relinquishing any future commitment to sequels based upon sales figures?

We also discuss how Respawn got Titanfall 2 to just feel, you know, so good. With some light shed on the matter from Respawn’s own CEO Vince Zampella in an interview he recently did with glixl.com. Hear about Respawn’s development mantra and just how those controls were honed on the pod.

In the ‘News Section‘ we talk about the new game mode for Uncharted 4 on PS4, Uncharted 4: Survival, the new cooperative and solo wave-based mode coming mid-December.  In the Survival mode you and up to two additional friends can take on swarms of increasingly powerful enemies and unique objectives. If you played Co-Op Arena from Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, you’re going to feel right at home in Survival!!

Across 50 waves and 10 maps, you’ll face off against Shoreline mercenaries, heavily armored Brutes, Snipers, Hunters, and more that will only get more precise, more aggressive, and better equipped as time goes on. Every 10 waves culminates in an intense boss battle, including our all-new Pirate Warlords. Inspired by the story of Uncharted 4, some of the Founders of Libertalia have arrived to hunt you down with powerful Mystical attacks

And keeping with the Piratey theme Rare has announced a player feedback programme for their upcoming open-seas multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves. The Insider Programme is designed to give the ever-growing community of pirates a closer look at the development of Sea of Thieves, with exclusive insights, updates on how the game is progressing and dare we say it early access to the hotly anticipated title of 2017.

If you would like to take part in this most piratey of programmes then click here to sail over to the Sea of Thieves page and sign-up.

And finally in the ‘News Section‘ Christmas comes early for Xbox Live members as December’s Games with Gold are announced and what a line up it is this month, Darren thinks this could be the best Games with Gold month ever!

For Xbox One owners, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition joins December’s Games with Gold with explosive action fuelled by a mix of deadly martial arts, as well as the first-person survival horror game, Outlast. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, we have the highly-rated adventure game, Outland, and then the ultimate racing game, some say the best in the franchise  Burnout Paradise comes to Games with Gold!

In the ‘VR News Section’ this week EA announce the VR experience to end all VR experiences, Star Wars BattleFront X-Wing VR is coming to PlayStation VR on the 6th December.  This childhood dream experience will be free to play for anyone who owns the Star Wars Battlefront.

The update will launch on the 6th December along with the 4th expansion pack, Rogue One: Scarif. This December, you’ll be able to discover characters, maps, and more from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: Rogue One, featuring the tropical planet of Scarif.

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