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'Titanfall' Sequel Influenced By Classic Mecha Anime Series?

Travelers Today       By    Chen Gomez

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 09:22 PM EST

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The first-person shooter video game, Titanfall which was developed by Respawn Entertainment and released by Electronic Arts, was described as "a ridiculous, kind of incredible game that was also, unfortunately, a flash in a pan." The sequel game, Titanfall 2, was released on October 28. This sequel claimed to be improved based on what its predecessor lacked, like a single player story mode and additional game modes for online multiplayers.

According to Forbes, the new Titanfall game was greatly influenced by the classic mecha-themed Japanese anime. The magazine even cited a few anime titles that may have influenced Titanfall 2. Blue Comet SPT Layzner is a classic mecha-themed anime series written and directed by Ryosuke Takahashi and produced by Sunrise Company in 1985.

The anime is about an alternate universe during the Cold War between U.S. and Russia, where humanoid aliens known as Gradosians invaded the world, using machines called 'super powered tracers' or SPT's. The main protagonist Eiji, uses a stolen prototype SPT called Layzner to stop the invasion and bring peace to the world.

Makoto Kobayashi's manga "Dragon's Heaven", which he created back in the 1980's, is another story about robots that may have influenced Titanfall. The setting of Dragon's Heaven was in a distant future, where the world is littered with the scattered fragments of the previous wars that occurred between humans and the AI, machines created by humans.  Some of the AI's allied themselves with the humans and sought after peace. A human scavenger named Ikuuru befriends a robot named Shaian who once had a human partner who died during the previous war, according to a review from GQ magazine.

Another anime series that is also probably influenced the Titanfall games is "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" by Gen Urobuchi, which was released, more recent compared to the other two animes, in 2013. This series is about pilot Ledo and his Machine Caliber, Chamber. The pilot and his mecha or robot, were once from space, battling alien creatures and suddenly landed on a futuristic Earth setting where they met humans and the planet's surface is entirely covered by the ocean.

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