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Scrapped Titanfall campaign reveals similarity to Apex Legends story

Published: 22/Sep/2020 18:33

by Calum Patterson

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A first-ever look at the scrapped campaign from the original Titanfall has been revealed by a Respawn developer who is now the design director on Apex Legends.

Titanfall was the first game made by Respawn Entertainment, after the studio formed from a group of devs who left Infinity Ward after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Although the sequel released with a now critically-acclaimed campaign, the first game in the series focused solely on multiplayer – but it turns out this wasn’t always the plan.

Titanfall 2 titan
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Titanfall added a campaign in the sequel.

In fact, the studio had created a fully functioning demo for a campaign, which never saw the light of day, until Jason McCord shared footage on Twitter on September 21.

The gameplay is a throwback to the old Titanfall experience, but there’s no titans or combat on show here, just some exposition and basic movement.

For Apex players, there’s actually a link here to the Kings Canyon map. The protagonist describes the ‘Wildlife control tower’ as “what stops the creatures from coming in.”

In Season 2 of Apex Legends, Crypto destroys a similar tower on Kings Canyon, known as the repulsor tower, which causes the infestation of flyers and leviathans on the map.

The plan for this mission seems to be similar – destroy the repulsor tower to create a diversion. There’s also other familiar features, such as the MRVNs (robots like Pathfinder).

Repulsor Tower in Apex Legends
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The Repulsor Tower was destroyed by Crypto in Season 2.

Sharing this clip will no doubt get Titanfall fans hoping for another entry in the series, but so far, there’s been limited news on a third game.

Although, During EA’s last financial call, CFO Blake Jorgensen did say “Maybe we’ll see Titanfall sometime down the road” – so all hope is not lost.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.