Titanfall: Frontline casts the player as a commander, like Sarah in the original Titanfall, who is responsible for putting together a team of titans and pilots. Players will be able to upgrade and customize their cards, and use burn cards to help the war effort. Titanfall: Frontline offers turn-based combat in player-versus-player battles that take place in real time — not in asynchronous multiplayer. Here’s how it plays out, according to the game’s description:
Collect and upgrade hundreds of Pilots, Titans and burn cards as you put together an unbeatable team to take control of the Frontline and destroy your opponent. Combine your Pilots and Titans to deal extra damage or place your Titans in auto-mode to provide cover as your Pilot attacks the target. With hundreds of cards and combinations at your command, you can play the battle your way and defeat your rival Commanders!
Respawn Entertainment announced last year that it was teaming up with Nexon, the Korean developer of free-to-play online games, to bring the Titanfall franchise to mobile devices. The two companies are working with Particle City, a developer of mobile games that is run by Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella and gaming industry veteran Larry Pacey. Particle City is headquartered on Respawn’s campus in the Los Angeles area, and also has offices in Orlando, Florida. Titanfall: Frontline is the first project in a "multi-game, multi-year partnership between Nexon, Particle City and Respawn Entertainment," the companies said today.
You can check out four screenshots of Titanfall: Frontline below. Titanfall: Frontline’s website does not list a release date for the game, although interested parties can sign up with their email address to be notified when the game goes live on the App Store and Google Play. Respawn’s Titanfall 2 is set for release Oct. 28 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Update: Nexon said in a press release that Titanfall: Frontline will be a free-to-play title, and that the game is set to be released "this fall" on iPhone, iPad and Android. In addition, there’s a colon in the title; we've edited the article to reflect this. We’ve also replaced the screenshots in the gallery with higher-resolution versions.
Correction: A representative for Nexon clarified to Polygon that Titanfall: Frontline is a turn-based card game; the real-time aspect of it is that the head-to-head battles take place with two players competing at the same time, as opposed to asynchronous multiplayer. We've edited the article to reflect this.