On Thursday, Titanfall was trending on Twitter in the U.S. — not because anything remotely Titanfall related actually happened, but because Fortnite’s new season added mechs.
It’s a hard comparison to resist, now that Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is running its own battle royale game in Apex Legends—a game that feels an awful lot like Titanfall 2, just without the series’ signature mechs. To see them adapted in the cartoon wonderland of Fortnite — albeit in a stranger version requiring two players to pilot — must feel like salt in a never-closing wound. Poor Titanfall. Forever beloved by fans and forever spurned by the free market.
If you were to look at the #Titanfall hashtag on Twitter, you’d just see a steady stream of broken hearts:
Me seeing Titanfall trending hoping that 3 got announced…. pic.twitter.com/yEu4bOkZEj— Something Bugging You (@SamuraiWhoSmels) August 1, 2019
Mechs in Fortnite, OMG so fucking cool!— Th3Janitor (@janitor_th3) August 1, 2019
Titanfall Series: pic.twitter.com/Nq6F3yNkfH
When you see Titanfall trending When you see why Titanfall is trending pic.twitter.com/b2b9VZ8QL2— ㅤ (@ZachRogacion) August 1, 2019
With Titanfall trending for the wrong reasons, I want to remind everyone that Titanfall 2 deserved better and that you need to play this game if you haven't already. pic.twitter.com/cOadVAUMAx— Tanner (@TanManVEVO) August 1, 2019
Titanfall trending? OMG DID THEY ANNOUNCED….oh wait it’s fortnite pic.twitter.com/RE4tVlmWgQ— Baked Ziti ???? (@Zito215) August 1, 2019
Over on the Titanfall subreddit, fans are responding with memes hopeful that Fortnite’s move will inspire Respawn to take action.
Or mad that Fortnite has once again come for another game’s lunch.
This is what it feels like to be a fan of The Roots in a Jimmy Fallon world — the best damn band is playing every night, but you’ve got to sit through a bunch of YouTube gags first.
It’s rough to watch the world move on without you. Titanfall… we miss you.