It's time to fly back to the frontier because Titanfall 2 co-op is making its debut. As announced in a blog post today, Respawn Entertainment will be bringing back Frontier Defense, the signature horde mode from the original Titanfall, and it's free of charge. On July 25th, you'll be embarking onto a small subset of maps with up to three partners and blast away at five waves of AI controlled foes. This includes some new to the mode, like the Mortar Titans that feature prominently in the trailer below.
In addition to new enemies, Titanfall 2's version of Frontier Defense mode will also feature upgrades like Arc Traps and Sentry turrets that you can purchase between waves to defend your territory. As you play matches, you'll level up your Titan in a mode specific "Aegis Ranks" system that will give you unspecified new abilities that will enhance your skills and allow you to bump up the difficulty.
Operation Frontier Shield also brings a small update to the game's multiplayer suite. We have two new maps for Titanfall 2's regular multiplayer, one for each variant. Rise is a well-remembered map from the first game being brought over to the new hotness, and Township is a close quarters Live Fire map based on later levels of the campaign. For players with a little cash to throw around, Respawn is including a bundle of Elite weapon skins that offer XP boosts and a limited time only Titan skin that will cosmetically display your progress in Frontier Defense.
Operation Frontier Shield will hit Titanfall 2 on July 25th.
Quick TakeIt's good to see Titanfall 2 continue to get update after update. It's a solid multiplayer suite that I revisit often, and I'm not alone. The game's player base has been growing at a good clip since release, with over one million active users logging in last month. Much like Rainbow Six: Siege, this game has proved to have legs beyond expectations, and that should secure a follow-up that will truly be something special.
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