You are a member of a resistance group fighting the oppressive enemy who now possess a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds. Nope, this isn’t Star Wars. Just a few minutes ago, Respawn Entertainment released the official single player gameplay trailer.
You play as Jack Cooper, a lowly rifleman who ascends to pilot his own Titan. There’s a little more to the story than the trailer indicates. It isn’t just “being at the right place at the wrong time.”
Jack doesn’t go full video game and become a badass pilot just by jumping inside a Titan. His mentor, Captain Lastimosa, was secretly training the rifleman on how to drive the 20-foot Titan. Jack happens to be right by Lastimosa as he dies. Lastimosa transfers control of BT-7274 (BT for short) to Jack.
The relationship between BT and Jack is one of the pillars of Titanfall 2’s story. But it didn’t start out the way. In the second trailer I embedded above, Respawn developers talk about how BT was originally written to be very bossy.
“He wasn’t always as much of a personality as he is now,” says senior character artist Kevin Anderson.
Chris Dionne, a senior game designer at Respawn, says “the bond between Jack and BT was one of those ‘aha’ moments in development.”
I like the buddy vibe we’re getting between the pair in the two clips above. But super weapons destroying entire worlds as the main story beat? C’mon man.
I do like the emphasis we are seeing on mercenaries and their rival Titans. You can see one of them at 0:45 in the first trailer. And again at 1:15.
We clamored for a Titanfall story, and Respawn is giving it to us. Everything I’ve seen so far looks solid. We’ll just have to see how long it is and how much focus Respawn puts on the mercenaries versus the planet destroying superweapon.
Do you like what you see? Let me know in the comments.
Titanfall 2 is set for release on October 28. No EA Access trial or early editions here.