After three years in development, Titanfall Online has been canceled. According to Game Focus, the project ended due to a unexpectedly prolonged production and the beta's lukewarm reception. A representative from Nexon told Game Focus "“After much deliberation, it was decided that reallocating development resources to another project was better for the company.”
Titanfall Online was a free to play version of the 2014 shooter designed for the South Korean PC market. Though online games remain hugely popular in the country, tried and true classics dominate the industry, leaving little room for unproven franchises. As of last month, the most popular South Korean games were League of Legends (2009), PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2017), and Overwatch (2016). With Sudden Attack, South Korea's most consistently popular first person shooter, still remaining the the PC Bang top ten despite being over 13 years old.
But perhaps the most likely cause of Titanfall Online's demise, is the growing popularity of another EA and Nexon partnership. FIFA Online 4 launched this May, just ahead of the World Cup. The free to play soccer game has already has already climbed the charts, being the fifth most popular game in the country's ubiquitous internet cafes.
As for the Titanfall franchise, EA has already committed to another entry despite the disappointing sales of the franchise so far. During the EA Play even in June, developer Respawn Games reviled the title of their upcoming Star Wars game, "Jedi: Fallen Order"