Similar to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter in which players can control both the pilot, and the Titans, mech-style exoskeletons.
The pilot has an arsenal of abilities which enhance their efficiency during combat. These abilities include invisibility cloaking and parkouring, such as double-jumping, zip-lining and wall-running with the use of a boost pack. These movements can be chained together in order to travel between locations quickly. The pace of parkour is significantly slower than its predecessor to ensure that the game is more accessible to new players. Matches were described to be “predictable”, so that players can have sufficient time to react to its surroundings. The game introduces seven new gameplay mechanics: a sliding mechanic, the pulse blade, which is a throwing knife that reveals the location of any nearby enemy, the holo-pilot, a holographic pilot that mimics players’ action to confuse enemies, and a grappling hook, which can be used to slingshot players to a building or an enemy it attaches to. The game also features a progression system similar to the first game, but more weapons and weapon customization are included. When the player executes an enemy, the perspective automatically shifts to third-person.
When the players gained enough points to summon a Titan, a Titan will then descend from the sky. Titans are significantly slower than the pilots, but they have stronger firearms and are more powerful. The models from the first game were scrapped, and six new types of titans are introduced. Scorch is a Titan class that has loadout is centered around incendiary weaponry. Ion is a Titan that can kill enemies using its directed-energy arsenal. Ronin is a Titan class that specializes in close-combat and can wield a giant sword. Legion is a Titan class that is designed for defense and control. Tone is a Titan that focuses mainly on its lock-on weapons. Finally, Northstar is a Titan class that excels in precision attacks, setting traps and is the only Titan that has the ability to fly. The customization options featured are compared to the Street Fighter franchise, in which the Titans abilities have little modifications while its appearances can be extensively customized. Artificial intelligence allies and enemies also return in some of the game’s multiplayer modes.
A sequel to Titanfall (2014), the game is scheduled to be released in October 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.