titanfall 2

If you’re not at all familiar with Titanfall, don’t despair – just about every South African gamer got to miss out on the original’s close quarters fights, well-designed maps, excellent gunplay, and a resounding lack of players looking to finish the main campaign with you. The game never launched locally for reasons unknown, and Electronic Arts didn’t even let locals order it through Origin. But perhaps now things have changed, and Titanfall 2 will be the sequel that we’re allowed to play? Hit the jump for the game’s trailer and some notes about what’s in it.

Got that over with? Good, because there’s some really nerdy stuff in there. Titanfall 2‘s plot seems rather simple. Stranded behind IMC enemy lines, and against overwhelming odds, you must team up with a veteran Vanguard-class Titan and uphold a mission you were never meant to carry out. Your character’s name is Jack Cooper, who joined service wishing to be a pilot, but for reasons unknown isn’t actually one yet.

The trailer opens with, surprisingly, an interview with the Titan that you team up with, codenamed BT7274, who lost his original pilot in the field (Titans never had AI or personalities in the original game, so this is quite a change). BT7274 was inexplicably assigned to you, and has several protocols, which could be seen as prime directives in the vein of the Asimovian Three Laws of Robotics. Protocol one is link to pilot. Protocol two is to uphold the mission, and protocol three is to protect the pilot.

Your Titan companion reminds one of Half Life 2‘s Dog, the AI-driven robotic companion of Alyx Vance, but the extent of their similarities is visual only. In the trailer you see some scenes where you and your Titan have to team up to work your way through obstacles, and it’s good to see that the original’s highlight, extreme wallrunning and parkour, still plays an important part of moving around the map. While there’s no information yet about the gameplay or story (it’ll be announced shortly in EA’s livestream), I see some hints that the maps in the game are much larger, and possibly approach something similar to Planetside 2. Titanfall was well-known for its excellent map design, so it will be interesting to see how Respawn Entertainment makes the larger maps feel just as good.

Titanfall 2 will be available on October 28 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC.

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