If you were hoping to be playing Titanfall 3 soon, there’s some bad news for you — instead, the next game in the Titanfall series is going to be Apex Legends, a multiplayer online battle royale styled game.

Yesterday, Respawn Entertainment announced the latest title they are working on and for most people’s disappointment, it’s not a Titanfall game.

Apex Legends is EA Games’ marketing move

To EA’s credit, they have made it clear it will be free to play. But this game comes with option of buying in-game merchandise in the form of loot boxes.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Lead Designer Drew McCoy spoke about why they aren’t releasing a direct sequel to Titanfall 2, and instead are releasing Apex Legends, which takes place 30 years after the events in Titanfall 2. So it is kind of a spin-off game, main story might be different but the Titanfall’s story and history will be in Apex Legends.

McCoy said;

‘Our desire is to be completely open and transparent with our player base, and part of that expands to how we talk about problems, and we understand this game is gonna have a sceptical audience,’

‘There are some people who think there are too many battle royale games or it’s a fad, the world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making.

‘To try and convince a sceptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like ‘let the game speak for itself’ – it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems.

‘We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3.

‘It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.’

Apex Legends is available to download for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC with Origin.