Both Titanfall games from Respawn were a solid multiplayer experience but sadly didn’t do as well as some of it’s competitors like CoD. Unlike the first game, Titanfall 2 also packed a single-player campaign and that was critically praised across the industry but sadly sales numbers weren’t good enough for the studio to start work on a sequel. Instead Respawn started working on a Battle-Royale game and that bet paid off big time. Apex Legends soared with a massive player base and great Twitch viewership.
For Titanfall fans, this means the studio won’t be working on a sequel anytime soon but this can a blessing in disguise.
Apex Legends is established in the Titanfall universe and Respawn can take this opportunity to expand on the lore which was lightly touched upon by the previous games. So far we have received some information in the form of writings and small cutscenes, but today the devs dropped a video showing Wraith’s origin and also touching on the larger universe.
For those who haven’t fiddled with the previous Titanfall games, there are basically two factions in the series fighting for control, the IMC and The Frontier Militia. Here’s a summary on both their origins :
The Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation, otherwise known as the IMC, started out small, in natural resource extraction industries, under the name Hammond Engineering. Increasing demand for Titan manufacturing materials, combined with Hammond’s market-cornering planetary survey technology and map database rights, contributed to explosive growth for the company. Over the course of a century, a series of acquisitions, mergers, and re-brandings lead to the transformation of Hammond Engineering into the ruthless commercial empire that is the IMC. With the Frontier’s valuable shipping lanes and vast planetary resources ripe for exploitation, the IMC is dedicated to maximizing profits and shareholder wealth, using the legal application of force when necessary.
The Frontier Militia represents the military arm of the Frontier systems’ territorial defense pact. The Militia is a loosely governed mishmash of homesteaders, bandits, mercenaries, and pirates, all rising up as ‘citizen soldiers’ when the need arises. Each brigade within the Militia is responsible for fighting in an assigned section of Frontier territory. Although some brigades are little more than vast pirate organizations, the Militia has enough resources to be a real obstacle to the IMC’s ambitions on the Frontier. The Militia often claims that direct action against the IMC is in the best interest of the homesteaders whom they allegedly represent, but not everyone on the Frontier sees it that way.
So basically IMC is the big bad corporation and the Frontier Militia are the good guys fighting to stop the exploitation of the Frontier for resources.
Wraith is able to hear voices from a void in the game and can summon a teleportation portal, the recently dropped lore content for the Voidwalker event finally explains some of her powers.
Now the video isn’t exactly clear on many details but after a lot of thought, I will try to give you my hypothesis.
The wraith you see in the video is actually present in a universe where the IMC loses and retreats from the frontier. She then tries to find the lead scientist “Amer Singh” who was responsible for her condition. Wraith discovers that the lead scientist was already deceased, meanwhile some members of the Syndicate (the secret organization behind the Apex games) break in and try to torch the underground facility.
Wraith uses her void ability in the fight and comes across a reality where the IMC still exists, which means a reality where the lead scientist is still alive. She portals into that reality and meets her alternate self who is still in captivity. Both of them fight their way through grunts but eventually the Voidwalker wraith gets shot and stays behind to finally take her vengeance on the lead scientist, letting the wraith in captivity escape through a portal, who then ends up in the reality we play the game in (Where the IMC is defeated).
Some Reddit threads have predicted that this is a time travel thing but I strongly believe that time is persistent across all the universes and both the Wraiths are of the same age.
Yes! There’s also a crypto reference in the video and you can see his logo on the terminal when Wraith accesses it. I hope my explanation has helped you make some sense of present events in the game, if you have any more questions feel free to use the comments box and I will be happy to answer. Lastly, this can also set the stage for future Titanfall games where the IMC can use Wraith’s ability to travel across dimensions and finally make a comeback, but we will see.