EA Confirms New Titanfall, Plants vs. Zombies, and Need for Speed “Experiences” Are Coming This Year
Despite internal dissatisfaction with the last financial quarter, EA committed to new experiences this year for key franchises like Titanfall.
Backing up comments from Respawn Entertainment, EA confirmed today a commitment to not only more Titanfall content, but also Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed experiences. All three of these specific franchises were mentioned in EA’s report on their Q3 performance, which the company admitted was a “difficult quarter.”
The full quote came from EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen:
“Elsewhere in the business, we’re making adjustments to improve execution and we’re refocusing R&D. Looking forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in the fall.”
This statement came after Jorgensen mentioned that their own FIFA stood out in a “tumultuous year” in the industry, though the rest of the industry may dispute that notion given NPD figures indicating a very successful year for the industry as a whole. Nevertheless, EA was likely dissatisfied with the performance of their titles Battlefield V and Command & Conquer: Rivals.
Jorgensen was careful to use the word “experiences,” not necessarily promising full titles for those three franchises. Titanfall recently had a battle royale spin-off launch just yesterday called Apex Legends and despite excellent word-of-mouth, some fans clamored for a third proper Titanfall game. Respawn clarified that such a game is not currently in development. “Related Titanfall experiences” could indicate another spin-off, surprise DLC for Titanfall 2, or more Titanfall-related content in Apex Legends—a limited time mode with Titans, despite them not being in the full game, could be a fun addition.
As for Plants vs. Zombies, it has been years since an installment released for that series. Studio PopCap Games may still very well be active, but it hasn’t been widely known just what they are working on. The last big release for the series was third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in early 2016—whether this new “experience” would be another shooter or a tower defense game like the originals is unknown.
Need for Speed has been dormant since Need for Speed Payback, and considering the average critical and sales reception that title received, the series may have needed time to recuperate. For now, fans of these franchises may have to wait until the time of E3 (during which EA holds adjacent events) for any major announcements.
Upcoming for EA is Bioware’s Anthem, launching this month after a public demo. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn (albeit a different team within the studio) appears to be releasing this fall, according to EA.