Titanfall was one of Xbox One’s biggest exclusives back in 2014, and received positive reviews praising the game play, while being criticized about the lack of single player experiences. When Titanfall 2 was announced and stated that it would be on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One and adding in the single player campaign, hype was quickly rising but then subsided. Now that Titanfall 2 is nearing it’s release, October 28, There has been little word about the game, and it may be a bit concerning. Is the lack of hype great for the game and will make it a sleeper hit? Does this mean that Or is it because there’s other games that have been announced and released that can take it’s place? Let’s start with recent releases.
In the fall, we’ve had the following releases of highly anticipated games: ReCore, NBA 2K17, Battlefield 1, WWE 2K17, Gears of War 4 Mafia III, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. One of the games on this list, Battlefield 1 , shares the same publisher with Titanfall 2, EA. It seems that EA has been pushing more for Battlefield to be the better game with advertisements and an earlier release date to capitalize on, in addition to having a stronger fan base behind Battlefield. Battlfield 1 also has the Metacritic score of 89 as of October 26. This could potentially cannibalize their own sales for both of their games, more so in the case of Titanfall because they have not built their proper fan base yet. The prequel was console exclusive and currently shares many traits with Activision’s current Call of Duty games.
Lets now look at another game that had a lot of hype behind it, Mafia III. The game was released early October, and had a lot of hopes and hype behind it. However, something was amiss when 2K decided to hold review copies until release. When it was finally released, Mafia III received the Metacritic score of 69 for PS4, where it was criticized for monotonous game play, bad lighting, bugs that eventually lead to game crashes,among other issues and really marred the hype that was built. This could potentially put Titanfall 2 in advantage, as early reviews have been pretty great for the game, currently sitting at a Metacritic score of 88 for PS4 before release.
However,for the Holiday season after Titanfall 2’s release, we have the following games that are being released:Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy 15,Dishonored 2, Watch Dogs 2,South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Dead Rising 4. The biggest competition on this list is the aforementioned Call of Duty game, which just finished it’s second beta this past weekend, with a lot of great reviews on the multiplayer. The Activision series has already engrossed players with Black Ops 3’s last DLC release, Salvation, before they move on to the next entry and it looks like the game is gearing up to take over With the lack of news drawing the gamers away from their Score streak collecting and attempting to enter a Titan, it seems that the game will be overlooked for the bigger game that will give gamers their futuristic multiplayer arena shooter fix.
With only a few days left before Titanfall 2 is released to the public, do you all think that the lack of hype will help the game? Or will it fly under the radar and potentially flop in sales?Is it a sleeper hit, or is there a reason EA and Respawn have been quiet about the game? Will you buy it on the first day, during the holiday season, or wait for a price drop? Let us know in the comments below how you feel about Titanfall 2.