Honorable Mention: Respawn
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the best developers from this year and our 2016 winner!
Respawn had a pretty big 2016, releasing one of the most critically acclaimed shooters of the year and taking the reigns on a monumental Star Wars project.
Despite releasing alongside Battefield 1, another massive shooter, Titanfall 2 was a huge improvement on the already solid work Respawn set with the first game. Multiplayer feels tighter and more responsive than ever, adding on plenty of new weapons and gadgets to use. Additionally, you now have the choice between six different Titan loadouts, with each one performing a discernible role. Combine this with newly designed maps and a pretty smooth launch, and Titanfall 2 is a blisteringly fast multiplayer experience.
To top everything off, the game has a surprisingly engaging single player campaign as well. Respawn managed to create relatable main characters in the relationship between Jack Cooper and his Titan BT, yet keeps the adventure perfectly concise. Titanfall 2’s campaign also keeps things interesting by constantly changing up game mechanics, Respawn placing some truly well-designed sections into the game. On all fronts Titanfall 2 succeeds as a unique and engaging shooter.
Even with their own successful sci-fi series on hand, Respawn has also been brought on for one of the biggest universes out there. Earlier this year on Star Wars Day, May 4, it was announced that the studio would be developing a brand new third person action-adventure Star Wars game. We don’t really know anything about the title or when it could release, but 2016 clearly showed that Star Wars is in good hands with Respawn.