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Respawn unveils details on Titanfall's nefarious industrial conglomerate

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Developer Respawn Entertainment has revealed more details about the industrial conglomerate Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation featured in its upcoming futuristic first-person shooter Titanfall, unveiling the backstories on the company's three iconic characters.

As Hammond Engineering, IMC grew from a small natural resource extraction firm to a competitive force within 15 years thanks to its planetary survey technology, map database rights and demand for Titan manufacturing materials. The corporation eventually became the conglomerate IMC after a century of acquisitions, mergers and re-brandings.

Dedicated to maximizing profits and shareholder wealth and holding a reputation for exploitative behavior, IMC aims to take advantage of the Frontier's valuable shipping lanes and vast planetary resources.

With an IMC reputation as a maverick, Vice Admiral Graves, Commander-in-Chief Frontier Command, is formally known as the CINCFRONT, personally commands IMC forces in the field. Specializing in Combat Intel and Counterinsurgency services, Blisk is a contract mercenary working for the IMC under contract on the Frontier. Despite earning enough from his first IMC contract to retire, Blisk decided to renew his agreement with the IMC for "the opportunity to lay waste to everything in sight with state-of-the-art hardware."

Spyglass, a physical avatar of the IMC's computer network, handles logistics, navigation, deployment and communications for IMC forces. Spyglass droids also ride aboard ground force dropships to provide mission information and conduct live surveillance.

To find out more about Titanfall's backstory, read about the Frontier's military branch called the Militia. A "mishmash of homesteaders, bandits, mercenaries, and pirates" battling against IMC's exploitation of human colonies' resources.

Titanfall is slated to launch on Xbox One and Windows PC on March 11. The Xbox 360 version hits March 25 in North America and March 28 in Europe.