Respawn Talks About The Tone of War, Titanfall 3

Glixel recently had an interview with Vince Zampella, the chief executive of Respawn Studios, creators of Titanfall 2 (which has been nominated for GOTY at The Game Awards). But before that, he worked on Medal of Honor. Soon after, he co-founded Infinity Ward, which of course is known for making the Call of Duty series, and after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision fired Zampella (as we all know). Thus, he opened Respawn Entertainment.

However, Titanfall 2 ended up being released very close to other big first-person shooters including, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. They were all released within two weeks of one another, with Battlefield 1 being first, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare being last, and Titanfall 2 falling right in between. Both Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are sci-fi influenced, and Vince Zampella, certainly did not appreciate that Activision released the next Call of Duty so close to his release, but he understood that he would have competition.

Vince Zampella also mentioned that anytime he makes a game involving wars he hopes it will have a certain tone. He stated “Weapons are great. Helicopters are great. Guns are great. All this stuff is fun and exciting in its own way. But at the end of it, people are dying. It’s about telling a story that means something to people and doesn’t make light of it.” In the interview, he continued to note the lack of emotion in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games is not to make light of the situation but rather show the emotional disconnect that modern soldiers are taught to feel when using things like drone warfare. “It’s somewhat disturbing to listen to these people be just cold: ‘That’s a clean kill…You’re talking about humans that just died.”

They also discussed that some people think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has an anti-war message. However, Zampella notes that he really wants a “war is terrible, but at the same time there are points in history when it’s been necessary” kind of message. Titanfall 2 continues this message and emotion. Their launch trailer shows the pain of combat between man and machine to the tune Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). Both man and machine are knifed, impaled, shot, incinerated, thrown, blasted, kicked, and blasted to death and the setting goes between a beautiful forest to leveled ground covered in ash from a fire.

The most noteworthy statement in the interview, perhaps, is that he states Titanfall 3 might be in Respawn’s future but they say it’s too early to tell. Its sales are tempered at the moment because of the major AAA games surrounding its release, but hopefully with all of the Black Friday deals for gamers on the way (which includes Titanfall 2 for $27 at Walmart), they’ll get the sales that might help warrant a Titanfall 3.

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