The Titanfall beta will commence this weekend, and developer Respawn Entertainment has engineered the perfect combination of panic, excitement, and frenzy. Why? Because not everyone will be able to get in and the beta is only going to be running for a few days.
I had a chance to play the game last week and came away pretty excited: it filled me with the same kind of buzz that I got when playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the first time all those years ago. GameSpot's Danny O'Dwyer has a freshly-published video preview that goes further into the core mechanics of the game, but here's all the information you need to know for the beta:
How to get in:
- The beta will only be available on Xbox One and PC, and will start on February 14 with codes going out then.
- To apply for the Titanfall beta, you must sign up (and subscribe to the game's newsletter) by 16:00 PST on February 14.
- Spaces are said to be limited, and anyone who is accepted will be notified no later than 23:59 PST on February 17.
- The beta will end at 18:00 PST on February 18.
- You do not get a key for preordering the game: you must apply through the site.
- Stats from the beta will not transfer over into the final version of Titanfall.
- Users who gain access to the beta are allowed to post their impressions alongside capturing, streaming, and uploading video footage.
- Players from all over the world can apply, but only the English language version of the game will be available in beta.
- Two maps will be available: Angel City and Fracture. It is currently unknown how many maps will feature in the finished game.
- Three modes will be available: Attrition, Last Titan Standing, and Hardpoint. The former is essentially Team Deathmatch, Last Titan Standing does away with respawning and has each player spawn straight into a Titan, and Hardpoint is Call of Duty's popular Domination mode.
- You unlock the ability to customise your own class at level 5.
- Matches of Titanfall have six human players on each team, alongside up to 12 AI players.
- Scoring points makes your Titan countdown tick down faster. When spawned, your Titan can either be piloted, set to guard a location on the map, or follow the player.
- The minimap sits at the top left of the screen and has individual icons for AI enemies (small dots), other Pilots (big dots), and Titans (large triangles).
- Titanfall will also feature single-use powerups called Burn Cards, which will confer bonuses: Prosthetic Legs, for instance, makes you run faster as a Pilot. Burn Cards drop during play, and Respawn has said that the game will not feature microtransactions.
- You can kill other Titans by dropping your own Titan on them.
Xbox One specifics:
- The beta of the game runs at a native resolution of 792p on Xbox One, but the final version of the game could run at 900p. The Xbox One will upscale this to 1080p, and Respawn Entertainment is also working with Microsoft to improve the machine's upscaling technology in time for the Titanfall launch.
- Microsoft will also release an Xbox One update to modify the controller's analog sticks in time for Titanfall.
- Users on Twitter are reporting that the PC Titanfall beta weighs in at about 12.3GB.
- An Origin account is required to play.
Titanfall will be released on Xbox One and PC on March 11. The Xbox 360 version will be released on March 25.