GameSpot talks Titans and Mobile

The smartphone and tablet games are being developed by new LA-based studio Particle City, which was co-founded this year by Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella and industry veteran Larry Pacey. Nexon will publish the Titanfall mobile games worldwide; the first is slated to arrive for iOS and Android devices in 2016.

New Titanfall Games in the Works for Mobile

In addition to a new Titanfall game for consoles, Respawn’s shooter series is expanding to mobile. Respawn on Thursday announced a multi-game, multi-year partnership with free-to-play gaming giant Nexon (which is also publishing Cliff Bleszinski’s Lawbreakers) for new mobile games based on the Titanfall franchise.

The smartphone and tablet games are being developed by new LA-based studio Particle City, which was co-founded this year by Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella and industry veteran Larry Pacey. Nexon will publish the Titanfall mobile games worldwide; the first is slated to arrive for iOS and Android devices in 2016.

“Working closely with our partners at Respawn and Particle City we intend to build on the original game’s success and introduce millions of mobile gamers to the rich Titanfall universe,” Nexon president and CEO Owen Mahoney said in a statement.

Nexon was already working with Respawn, as it previously reached a deal with the company and Electronic Arts to bring a free-to-play version of Titanfall for PC to Asia. Respawn first talked about making free-to-play mobile games in December 2014.

“Our partnership with Nexon is momentous for many reasons,” Zampella said. “Nexon’s unrivaled publishing network and free-to-play expertise will allow Titanfall to reach new global audiences. And with Particle City, we are closely collaborating to create all-new standalone games with original gameplay experiences that expand the Titanfall universe to players everywhere.”

Pacey is leading the team at Particle City, while Zampella is on board in a creative advisor capacity.

There are no details yet about what form the Titanfall mobile games might take, though Zampella tells VentureBeat that the first will not be a first-person shooter. It will, however, “take the gameplay in a new direction,” according to the report. For now, Respawn and Nexon are only officially saying that the new Titanfall mobile games will “deliver a high-quality game experience.”

As for Titanfall 2, Respawn has confirmed that it’s in development. Unlike the original, the sequel is expected to see a multiplatform release and will arrive in 2016 at the earliest. More details about this game may come later today when EA reports earnings for the latest quarter.

In addition to these mobile games and Titanfall 2, Respawn is working on a mysterious non-Titanfall game.

On Xbox and PC, Titanfall has reached more than 10 million players. What would you like to see from Titanfall mobile games? Let us know in the comments below.

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VentureBeat Talks to Vince about Titanfall’s move to mobile

Titanfall games coming to mobile thanks to partnership between Nexon and Respawn Triple-A gamemakers are seeking their fortunes on mobile, which has become the world’s biggest game market, with $30 billion in estimated 2015 revenue.

Titanfall games coming to mobile thanks to partnership between Nexon and Respawn

Triple-A gamemakers are seeking their fortunes on mobile, which has become the world’s biggest game market, with $30 billion in estimated 2015 revenue. The latest example is Respawn Entertainment, which has partnered with Asian free-to-play game publisher Nexon to take the critically acclaimed Titanfall sci-fi universe to mobile.

Tokyo-based Nexon and Respawn are making strategic investments in a new studio, mobile-game developer Particle City, to create games based on Titanfall, said Owen Mahoney, the chief executive of Nexon, in an interview with GamesBeat.

The companies aren’t describing the first title just yet, but Vince Zampella, the chief executive of Respawn, told GamesBeat that he expects it to be published on iOS and Android in 2016. On top of that, Nexon is also making a PC-based online free-to-play game in the Titanfall series, and that could also potentially hit the market in 2016. That title is being made in conjunction with Respawn and Electronic Arts.
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“This comes at the heels of a relationship that we formed with Respawn and Electronic Arts to bring Titanfall console to Asia,” Mahoney said. “We are expanding that and extending the approach with it to mobile.”

The first game is not a first-person shooter title, and it will take the gameplay in a new direction, Zampella said.

“I don’t know if this is the way of the future, as it is obviously here now,” he said. “Mobile devices are connected and accessible. That’s the big thing, the accessibility. I have been looking at it for a while, and I want to make the right move with the right partners.”

Particle City was previously known as Nuclear Division, which was started by Zampella and Larry Pacey. They then restructured and morphed Nuclear Division into Particle City. Jesse Stern, the writer for Titanfall and a veteran of the Modern Warfare video game series, will also write the story for the mobile titles. Pacey will run Particle City, with Zampella serving as creative advisor.

“We continue to focus on Titanfall. Next year is going to be a very big year for Titanfall,” Zampella said. “For us, it is exciting to take this universe we created that is so extensible. In my head, there are so many things we can do with it. To be able to partner with Nexon and take this game to a whole new audience is really exciting.”

“Respawn and Particle City view games the same way we do, and they take the art of game making very seriously,” Mahoney said. “They see the opportunity to take one of our favorite games of all time and bring it to a new platform. Sadly, the view that games are an art form is pretty unique in the industry. Other game companies think short-term in a business first way. We like to start with the game. That starts with Vince. We have learned how to do online, mobile, and Asian games over the decades.”

The deal with Respawn is part of Nexon’s strategy to expand to the West. In April 2015, Nexon published the hit mobile-strategy game DomiNations, which was developed by Big Huge Games, an independent studio co-founded by PC game industry veterans Brian Reynolds and Tim Train, famous for online strategy games Civilization II and Rise of Nations. Nexon also recently announced the details of LawBreakers, the first game from designer Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee’s Boss Key Productions.

Titanfall is a promising property as it earned more than 100 nominations and 60 awards back in 2013, when it was first rolled out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The game was the third-highest-rated Xbox One game released in 2014, according to review score aggregator Metacritic. Zampella started Van Nuys, California-based Respawn in 2010 with cofounder Jason West. Both of them were pioneers of the Call of Duty series of first-person shooter games.

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Nexon Teams up with Respawn Entertainment to Bring “Titanfall” Games to Mobile Devices Worldwide

Through the partnership, Nexon and Respawn will build on Titanfall’s premier franchise to deliver a high-quality game experience to the $30 billion mobile gaming market, the largest gaming platform globally.

Nexon and Respawn Make Strategic Investment in Mobile Game Developer Particle City to Create Exciting New Gameplay Experiences Based on Critically-Acclaimed Title

EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO), a worldwide leader in free-to-play online and mobile games, and independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment announced today that the companies have partnered to create several new and original smartphone and tablet games based on the expansive sci-fi universe of Titanfall. In connection with the partnership, the two companies jointly invested in mobile game developer Particle City, the studio leading the development of the upcoming titles. In this multi-game, multi-year partnership, Nexon will serve as the exclusive global publisher of the Titanfall mobile games, with the first game expected to be released worldwide on iOS and Android in 2016.

“As a player and fan of Titanfall I am delighted to be working with the talented team at Respawn to bring the world of Titanfall to mobile and tablet,” commented Owen Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nexon. “Working closely with our partners at Respawn and Particle City we intend to build on the original game’s success and introduce millions of mobile gamers to the rich Titanfall universe.”

The collaboration with Respawn and Particle City is Nexon’s latest in a series of global partnerships with renowned developers. Recently, Nexon announced a partnership with Respawn and Electronic Arts to bring a PC online version of the award-winning first-person shooter Titanfall to Asia. In April 2015, Nexon published the hit mobile strategy game DomiNations, which was developed by Big Huge Games, an independent studio co-founded by 24-year industry veterans Brian Reynolds and Tim Train, famous for online strategy games Civilization II and Rise of Nations. Nexon also recently announced the details of LawBreakers, the first game from Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee’s Boss Key Productions.

“Our partnership with Nexon is momentous for many reasons,” said Vince Zampella, CEO & Co-Founder, Respawn Entertainment. “Nexon’s unrivaled publishing network and free-to-play expertise will allow Titanfall to reach new global audiences. And with Particle City, we are closely collaborating to create all-new standalone games with original gameplay experiences that expand the Titanfalluniverse to players everywhere.”

Particle City was co-founded by industry veteran Larry Pacey and Respawn CEO Vince Zampella in 2015. The new developer will be led by Pacey, with Zampella serving in a creative advisor role. Particle City, co-located with Respawn in Los Angeles, is currently hiring top talent. Candidates can find a list of open positions at www.particlecity.com.

Through the partnership, Nexon and Respawn will build on Titanfall’s premier franchise to deliver a high-quality game experience to the $30 billion mobile gaming market, the largest gaming platform globally. Praised as an evolution of the first-person shooter genre,Titanfall was the most-awarded game of E3 2013, earning more than 100 nominations and 60-plus wins, including a record-breaking six E3 Critics’ Awards. The title was the third highest-rated Xbox One game released in 2014, according to videogame review score aggregator Metacritic.

About NEXON Co., Ltd.

NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) is a worldwide leader in free-to-play online and mobile games. Founded in Korea in 1994, Nexon developed one of the world’s first graphics-based massively multiplayer online games. Nexon also pioneered the concept of micro-transactions and the free-to-play business model, setting a new standard in which play is free, and users have the option to purchase in-game items to enhance their experience. Nexon currently services nearly 150 titles in more than 150 countries. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

About Respawn Entertainment

Founded in 2010, Respawn Entertainment is an independent videogame development studio based in Van Nuys, California. The studio was formed by Vince Zampella and Jason West, former co-founders of Infinity Ward and two of the co-creators of the multibillion-dollar franchise CALL OF DUTY™. Titanfall is the studio’s debut title. More information about the company is available at www.respawn.com.

About Particle City

Particle City is a mobile game developer located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Formed by industry veterans Vince Zampella and Larry Pacey, the company is backed by Respawn Entertainment and Nexon to create original mobile games built around a strong player community and competition. For more information please visit www.particlecity.com and follow Particle City onFacebook and Twitter.

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