'Titanfall' returns to mobile as a real-time strategy game

'Titanfall Assault' promises fast, fluid PvP combat.

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Titanfall 2 might not have been the runaway success Respawn was hoping for, but it has a tight-knit community that love its parkour movement and robot-on-robot warfare. Now, with the help of Nexon and Particle City, the franchise is getting a strategy spin-off called Titanfall Assault. Details are scarce, but the pair is promising fast, real-time player-versus-player combat. You'll be commanding a mixture of pilots and titans, upgrading a virtual "deck" that features both soldier types and tactical, match-shifting Burn Cards along the way. Victory will help you climb the game's leaderboards and presumably unlock cards to tackle higher-ranked foes.

Respawn, Nexon and Particle City have tried a mobile Titanfall before. Last September the trio unveiled Frontline, a competitive card game similar to Hearthstone and Gwent. It was a strange use of the Titanfall name that didn't last long. Four months later, the game was canned while it was still in closed beta. Assault sounds like a better fit, focusing on combat and tight, strategic manoeuvres. Even so, it's probably best to stay cautiously optimistic about this one. There's no word on a release date, but if you're interested you can "pre-register" for updates on the Assault website.

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