The rapid fire robot action of Titanfall will soon be free-to-play — but only in Asia. EA and Titanfall developer Respawn have announced a partnership with Nexon, which will see the Japanese company release a free, PC-only version of the game. Nexon is best known for its work on free PC and mobile games, in particular the long-running hit MapleStory. No real details were revealed, such as a release date or specific launch countries, but Nexon says that the new Titanfall will be available "to players in Asia" when it does launch.
Originally released on the PC, Xbox One, and 360 in 2014, Titanfall was the debut title from Respawn Entertainment, a new studio created by former Call of Duty lead Vince Zampella. The game differed from most big-budget console titles with its focus on online-only, multiplayer combat at the expense of a story-driven campaign — something that should make it a good fit for a free PC experience. In addition to the new Nexon game — which is being developed by the company's Korean studio — a sequel to Titanfall is also in the works, which will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in addition to Microsoft platforms.
Titanfall is just the latest in a growing number of big-budget shooters to see a free-to-play spinoff designed for a specific market. Activision previously partnered with Chinese internet giant Tencent to release Call of Duty Online in that country, while Halo studio 343 Industries similarly launched PC game Halo Online exclusively in Russia.