Titanfall 2 is something of a critical darling, but it's been a commercial catastrophe. Despite releasing on the PlayStation 4 this time, a competitive release window means that it's failed to set cash registers alight. This has prompted publisher EA to come out and say that it's committed to the future of the franchise – but Respawn boss Vince Zampella doesn't sound entirely convinced.
"We don't know yet," he told Glixel when asked about the prospect of a third entry. "[Titanfall 2] is, critically, a huge success. We're really happy with all the reviews and the positive sentiment. Sales, it's too early to tell. We'd definitely like to tell more of the story and the universe. I think it's pretty safe to assume that we'll explore more of it. EA might have announced more."
It's at this point in the interview when an EA publicist parroted the company's "commitment" to the franchise line. "So, whatever the f*** that means," Zampella concluded.
Is a third instalment unlikely, then? Well, lessons will certainly have been learned about the title's release window, but we wouldn't rule it out just yet. The word of mouth surrounding Titanfall 2 is very positive, and with some good discounts and post-release support, it could comfortably achieve its sales targets. Either way, the studio's still got Star Wars to fall back on if it needs to.