Respawn pulls original Titanfall game from digital store shelves

Daniel Sims

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What just happened? Respawn announced via Twitter that it is discontinuing digital sales of the first Titanfall game today. The delisting comes months after it and Respawn's other games suffered cyberattacks along with accusations Respawn had abandoned its first game.

On Wednesday, Respawn confirmed it is delisting Titanfall from digital storefronts immediately, though it will remain on subscription services until March 1, 2022. Respawn still intends to keep the game's servers online indefinitely, so anyone who already has the first Titanfall can keep playing.

The game is already absent from the Xbox Store and is only available through Game Pass or EA Play. Its product page is also gone from EA's Origin store. However, the PC version is still for sale on CD key websites, and there are still second-hand physical Xbox discs, of course.

In the summer, hackers took over the playlists and notifications of Respawn's most recent game, Apex Legends, to bring attention to their complaint that the original Titanfall had been rendered unplayable. They complained that hackers had filled Titanfall lobbies with bots, preventing anyone from actually playing. The ones who forced the "Save Titanfall" message into Apex Legends called the continuing sale of Titanfall "an act of fraud."

Respawn launched the original Titanfall in 2014 as a multiplayer-only game that was the first flagship exclusive shooter of the Xbox One era for Microsoft's platforms (it also came out on Xbox 360 and PC). It was followed by Titanfall 2 in 2016, which remains on sale for Xbox, PC, and PlayStation.

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psycros

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Guess they ran the numbers and decided it wasn't worth the fight. Pretty sad that developers can't find a way to keep the scumbags from ruining every online game.
 

mbk34

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So it's hackers hacking a game to complain about other hackers hacking a game? No wonder they get them to wear different coloured hats so we know which ones are the good hackers. Must admit I really enjoyed Titanfall 2 but never got round to playing online.
 

Burty117

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Has anyone here tried to play Titanfall recently? Literally cannot play it, it just doesn't find anyone to play with and there is no single player. I'm staggered they could still have it up at all for sale. I think I got it for free and I still wanted it removed from my Steam account.
 

Puiu

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Has anyone here tried to play Titanfall recently? Literally cannot play it, it just doesn't find anyone to play with and there is no single player. I'm staggered they could still have it up at all for sale. I think I got it for free and I still wanted it removed from my Steam account.
Keep it. Maybe in the future you'll see private servers and mods that remove the dependency for servers from the devs.