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'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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Nick Summers is a senior reporter, editor and photographer at Engadget. He studied multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University and holds an NCTJ certificate. Nick previously worked at The Next Web and FE Week, an education-focused newspaper in the UK.

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