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Meet the six titans of Titanfall 2

Respawn details the sequel’s new machines of war

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

When Titanfall 2 launches this October, it will feature six playable mechs. Developer Respawn Entertainment detailed the sequel’s lineup of titans in a new video today, showing off what players can expect beyond the previously revealed Scorch and Ion titans.

Legion is a minigun-wielding titan "designed to focus on defense and control," Respawn says. Legion’s gun, the Predator Cannon, can switch between close-range rounds that knock back enemies and long-range rounds that damage anything in their path. Its gun can also deploy a protective shield and lock onto enemies, once its Smart Core is powered up.

Ronin is the first Titanfall 2 titan that Respawn revealed; it’s the sword-bearing mech teased in the game's first trailer. Respawn describes Ronin as a hit-and-run specialist. It can inflict quick damage, but it’s a nimble, fragile machine. Ronin can also slow its enemies by unleashing Arc Wave, an electric wave attack, then close the distance between them with its Phase Dash.

Northstar brings flight and precision skills to the mix, Respawn says. It can deploy traps to lockdown enemies, launch cluster missiles and perform a vertical takeoff and landing maneuver.

Ion will be familiar to players who took part in Titanfall 2’s tech test. The titan comes with a shoulder-mounted laser, a defensive Vortex Shield and a massive chest-fired Laser Core blast.

Scorch, which was also playable in the tech test, brings heat to the battlefield with a thermite-fueled Firewall attack, a thermal shield and Flame Core, a massive wave of fire.

Finally, there’s Tone. The titan can lock onto enemies and fire Tracker Rockets, detect enemies in an are via Sonar Lock, and ultimately unleash a salvo of rockets that can be guided mid-flight.

You can see all six titans in action in the new gameplay trailer above. Titanfall 2 launches Oct. 28 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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