A Titanfall 2 free weekend is underway, owing in part to the reveal of the new Apex Legends character Valkyrie and a massive increase in interest for Respawn Entertainment's previous game.
Titanfall 2 is, as one might expect, the sequel to 2014's Titanfall. The formula of the game is simple enough: two teams battle it out with first-person shooter gameplay, taking advantage of high-flying parkour moves such as wallrunning. The real game-changer, however, is the ability to call down a Titan — a massive mech that can turn the tide of battle on its own.
While Titanfall certainly had a fair share of popularity, the sequel Titanfall 2 couldn't quite replicate the same level of success as its predecessor. While some people were still playing the game, the population gradually fell off and it seemed like it was on life support — that is, until the introduction of a recent Apex Legends character.
How Apex Legends' Valkyrie Led to a Titanfall 2 Free Weekend
Believe it or not, a major cause behind the Titanfall 2 free weekend is the introduction of the new Apex Legends character Valkyrie — and that's got a lot to do with her backstory.
Kairi "Valkyrie" Imahara is a new Apex Legends character with a lot of mobility thanks to a pretty cool jetpack. Aside from using all of the game's various guns, she can also unleash a barrage of missiles on her foes. She seems pretty neat, but what does that have to do with Titanfall 2?
Well, Valkyrie happens to be the daughter of Viper (spoiler warning!), a member of the Apex Predators group in Titanfall 2. This fearsome enemy proved to be quite the challenge for players, especially due to his heavily-modified Titan that was upgraded over a long career as a mercenary.
Once people made the connection, that sparked a fair amount of interest in Titanfall 2 — as Steam Charts shows, the game's peak player count jumped from 2,655 in March 2021 to 16,958 in the last 30 days. Respawn has certainly noticed, and that's one of the reasons it's making Titanfall 2 free-to-play for the weekend.
When is the Titanfall 2 Free Weekend?
The Titanfall 2 free weekend will run from Friday, April 30, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST until Monday, May 3, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST — that means that you can hop into a Titan and tear up the battlefield right now!
You can play Titanfall 2 free on Steam from now until early Monday afternoon; after that, you can look forward to the launch of the next Apex Legends season. After that, you can buy Titanfall 2 for $29.99 or your regional equivalent; as for Respawn Entertainment's newer game, you can play Apex Legends for free via its official website and enjoy the start of the next season on May 4, 2021.
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