Titanfall Will Not Have a Single-Player Campaign
Titanfall will not have a single-player campaign. The reason? Its developers believe that only a small percentage of players will ever play it—and that the time it takes to create these single-player missions isn’t worth the effort for such a small team of developers.
Numbering around 60 developers, Respawn Entertainment isn’t a big company. Its founder, Vince Zampella, describes it as a “small startup” and says that the studio’s focus is better spent on developing multiplayer content.
“We make these single-player missions that take up all the focus of the studio, that take a huge team six months to make, and players run through it in eight minutes,” said Zampella. “And how many people finish the single-player game? It’s a small percentage. It’s like, everyone plays through the first level, but 5% of people finish the game.
“Really, you split the team. They’re two different games. They’re balanced differently, they’re scoped differently. But people spend hundreds of hours in the multiplayer experience versus ‘as little time as possible rushing to the end’ [in single-player]. So why do all the resources go there?
“To us it made sense to put it here. Now everybody sees all those resources, and multiplayer is better. For us it made sense.”
Titanfall is set for a 2014 release on the PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.