Following it’s stealth launch back in February 2019, Respawn Entertainment has made sure that fans knew Apex Legends took place in the same universe as the fan favorite shooter series, Titanfall. Apex Legends technically takes place after the events of the Frontier Wars and both games, but its heritage can still be felt throughout.
While the connection was a bit looser in the first year, fans saw familiar elements and links to Titanfall through the creatures that moved around Kings Canyon as well as Titanfall weapons like the Flatline, Hemlok, and Wingman pistol are prominent. In fact, the major Titanfall character Kuben Blisk was behind the whole Apex Games event was enough for some.
However, with each new season, the references and callbacks to Titanfall has not only increased, but they’ve become less subtle. Hammond Robotics has been featured more prominently, not only being responsible for the planet harvesting device on the World’s Edge map, but also for the creation of the playable character, Revenant.
With season 9 right around the corner, Respawn has finally decided that its time to really start leaning into its Titanfall heritage. The latest character is named Valkyrie, and as it turns out, she’s the daughter of the major Titanfall 2 antagonist, Viper. For those who don’t know, Viper appeared as a boss towards the end of the campaign in an attempt to stop Jack Cooper and BT-7274 from reaching the IMS Draconis. Viper proved to be a difficult fight thanks to his custom built Northstar Titan, though the player would ultimately succeed leaving Viper for dead on the Draconis as it crashed down.
In addition to the arrival of Valkyrie and her Northstar Titan influences, the Launch Trailer for season 9 also seems to confirm the constantly rumored Arena Mode which features none other than Ash, another returned Titanfall 2 boss character. While details are scarce (at the time of this writing, though a gameplay oriented look is coming in a few days), this development has me pretty interested.
I won’t lie, I’m not a huge Battle Royale person. I just can’t really get into them at all and it probably doesn’t help that the majority of my friends don’t really play them either. Still, Apex Legends has always appealed to me thanks to its Titanfall connection and the way the game feels. I loved both Titanfall games, though the fact that Apex Legends is a Battle Royale was a big reason why I could never really get into it.
The fact that Respawn has been actively looking to take the game and expand it beyond the Battle Royale has been very interesting to me and one I firmly support. With Arenas, I’m thinking this is going to be the Apex Legends version of a team deathmatch mode, which is something I’d play for sure. I’m looking forward to seeing more on it and while it may not be Titanfall 3, it’s a step in the right direction. Here’s hoping this Titanfall influence continues in the seasons to come.
…also, Hi. Yes, I’m back. Sorry for being away for so long…again.