Everything we know about the Titanfall beta so far

The Titanfall beta is only running for a few days, so make sure you're up to date with what it contains.

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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.

Gameplay specifics:

  • 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.

PC specifics:

  • 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.

Discussion

59 comments
gottago42
gottago42

TitanFall is gonna change the way we play competitve online multiplayer there are critics who say that it doesn't have a story campaign but the facts are it actually has a story that plays out during the multiplayer matches, TitanFall brings fresh new ideas to COD weary fps genre

translucent17
translucent17

titan fall looks pretty good, but really what is it other than another arena, team based shooter? seriously? the game looks fun don't get me wrong, but this is what ms thinks is going to be the defining game for the xone? really? no story. no substance. fun still, but shallow, and empty beneath the surface. 

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Wow.  Just played this game for about 3 hours straight.  Crazy fun.  I'm assuming/hoping the beta didn't include all the weapons.  But other than the lack of weapons, this game is insanely addictive.  The only reason I stopped playing was because I have to get up in a couple hours to make a 5 hour drive.  T_T

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

Most IMPORTANT THING you need to know about TITANFALL- There are no servers to play on and no 'practice' mode to even try the game out in. It is essentially a space taker on your HDD for now.

Lord_Vader
Lord_Vader

Honestly looks like more of the same of what we've seen in other games. It doesn't look innovative at all IMO.

the_dude526
the_dude526

It should be noted that Windows 64 bit is absolutely required to play this on PC. Please make this known to everyone, if possible, so they don't waste their time, hope and another beta key. I have Windows 32 bit and I'm SOL, with no current way to transfer my beta access to a friend. So, essentially, a wasted beta key. 


I love participating in betas and giving constructive feedback, even if it's for a game I have no intention of owning. It's even worse because there's plenty of people out there who would love beta access. I don't see the reasoning for this game requiring 64 bit when it's not even a particularly good looking or demanding game. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It's EA, something was bound to go wrong.

pelvist
pelvist

The servers are down.

Tigarian
Tigarian

Come one EA, I've been a good boy and bought the Mass Effect trilogy, Crysis trilogy and every Battlefield since BC 1. I deserve a beta key.

The_Animator420
The_Animator420

I got accepted into the Beta this morning and received my code. I cant wait to get home from work and play it tonight.

sapey
sapey

Just hope it's half as good as all the hype

Look forward to finding out

Just give me the beta key ffs lol

McGregor
McGregor

Did anyone get a beta invite yet? I'm still waiting on mine (pretty sure I won't get one), and I'm curious to see if they started handing out to the masses yet. I know a few got them yesterday, but I thought a big push was going out today.

tchanah
tchanah

This looks more and more awesome!! 

the13stuff
the13stuff

I don't understand what or why they would be working with MS on analog stick modification for exactly. They work fine. I don't program so maybe someone else gets it?

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Waiting on the PC beta....skipping the XBO version since it will be closer to the X360 version.

glacius_x
glacius_x

Watched it played on twitch. I was not expecting it to look that good in game play. I'm pleasantly surprised.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"You can kill other Titans by dropping your own Titan on them." I'm starting to see why this is 6v6. Although I'll admit, I wish just once they would do a 20v20 and record the hilarious results for Youtube. :)

leandrro
leandrro

nice graphics for a Android game

Gopstop22
Gopstop22

just w8 guys this is EA so w8 another 10-20DLC wich gonna cost each 20$

flowdz
flowdz

Level 14 is the max level in the Titanfall

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

"Everything we know about the Titanfall beta so far".


It's going to suck and I couldn't be less interested. /the end

McGregor
McGregor

I'm still more excited about this game than I should be. Can't wait to start it on March 11! If I get into the Beta, then I will need to ask forgiveness on the 14th, I'll bag my V-day plans and start gaming!

chechak7
chechak7

all of the idea is great robots ,solders ......but I THINK 6v6 and AI thing with environment limitation make big disadvantage ...

i hope they make they game look like BF3/4 with big maps with at lest 12 vs 12 ...wow imagine TITAN vs tanks and helicopters  ....fog map ....desert maps ....customization for weapons ...multi-camouflage .....gadgets...

.bolt penetration ammo ....bf4 levelotion....building destruction...and so ...


Hellknite190
Hellknite190

Wait, what does it mean by "(and subscribing to the game's newsletter)"? Do we do that when we sign up on the beta page, or is that something else we gotta do?

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Still waiting for my beta invite Respawn, preordered your game as well. *wink wink nudge nudge hint hint*

wookiegr
wookiegr

It's funny how games have devolved into online multiplayer shooters. Once upon a time multiplayer elements were shoved half-ass into a perfectly good game and now a generation later you will be lucky to get a game anymore, now it's just online multiplayer shooters that are ruined by 13 year olds.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

@translucent17 Yeah there got to be more to this game. Another sniperfest game isn't what I'm looking for. 

gottago42
gottago42

@translucent17 you are judging an entire game by 2 beta maps ? The game does have a story it's about 2 waring factions fighting over the planet's resources the story plays out during the online battles

jayjay444
jayjay444

@translucent17  First of the gameplay is NOT shallow this game plays nothing like BF4, Cod, Halo etc iv'e never played a game quite like this before, there is many many tactics in the game including Titan tactics, call in your titan and tell it to follow you rather than pilot it and you will rake in the kills simply by killing people trying to kill your AI controlled Titan it's fun as hell. Also there is many MP options in the full game including a MP campaign with a fully featured story now if that doesn't sound cool to you then you should just stop playing video games. Also after playing the beta for 7-8 hours after work I would say this will define the Xbox One for quite sometime, this is the MP game that the Xbox One needs and i truly think this is going to sell Xbox Ones just after playing the beta the full game of this is going to be awsome I was addicted to the game already just pre-ordered the full game can't wait now! 

joeswizzle
joeswizzle

@Vividnightmare  they working for now it seems like. and there is a tutorial before you ever hop into the first match. played a handful of matches and it's a lot of fun and depending on what else launches with the full game it could prove to be very addictive

quaker04
quaker04

@Tigarian  Boy... Have definitively knows the meaning of insanity...

reBOOT2099
reBOOT2099

@The_Animator420  Same here. I am downloading it right now but have to wait until I get home from work in 9 hours to try it! Why did it have to be the Valentine's day week-end? Bad timing for working in a restaurant! lol

zizoomone
zizoomone

@the13stuff  It's all about drivers issue. The fact is that the sensitivity of the sticks are a bit too heavy. I felt that too and It makes it a little bit tricky to aim and follow a target if you don't lower the sensitivity in BF4 or COD.


Anyway there are very god players in both games that are not even concerned by this :)

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@hadlee73 Joel Emslie (the Lead Artist on Titanfall) describes how you can do it and kill both the Titan AND the disembarked pilot in the same hit (therefore getting two kills in one) in one of the videos. Can't wait to try it...

llhelzer
llhelzer

@SerOlmy If it is going to suck so bad why are you on here crying like a little girl? You obviously have some sort of interest because your here

joeswizzle
joeswizzle

@chechak7  it's not just 6v6 when you add in the ai and the fact that your titan can fight along side you when your not in it the battlefield can feel super chaotic and populated. the best thing so far is the game forces you to get down and dirty up close for the most part. you don't have to worry about a sniper picking you off from his camping spot a mile away. 

SJGSpook
SJGSpook

@wookiegr  I generally play single player games but there is no problem with a game being multi-player only focus. BF3 and BF4 should have been this way.

cellbuster
cellbuster

@wookiegr  I would agree, but honestly, I don't play exclusively play multiplayer games with exceptional quality.  I play multiplayer games that give me opportunities to share great moments with friends.  In a distilled sense, that's all I really cared about in my 15 years of gaming, and I know that's not the same for everyone.

McGregor
McGregor

@wookiegr  With the exception of a handful of shooters (like bioshock), I spend all of my time playing the multiplayer. I haven't even played the BF3 or 4 campaign...didn't see the point. I think what titanfall is doing is actually pretty awesome, since I can play the campaign, and multiplayer at the same time. Sounds like logical progression to me.

jack00
jack00

@wookiegr Titanfall is competitive online fps, It's meant to be played online vs other real players. There are plenty of singleplayer campaign FPS to play if online mp isn't what you like. I for one am glad they skipped the singleplayer for this game and dedicated all their efforts on the mp.

That's what DICE should of done with BF4, like that maybe we wouldn't of had both a crappy singleplayer campaign and an ever worst multiplayer experience.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@wookiegr  I remember people screaming for some FPS just to do only multiplayer, and forget about the SP because it is usually short and meaningless.

joeswizzle
joeswizzle

@Jago-Vs-Fulgore @Lord_Vader  should probably play it before you judge. it's extremely fun. just got done playing the beta for a couple hours. whether it's unique is besides the point. once you start playing you cant stop. and it seems original to me. it's like the mech game i always wanted. it's fluid, fast, and combat is fun whether your in the titan or not. definitely not just another call of duty in my opinion. i can see lots of people enjoying this that don't like call of duty.


wookiegr
wookiegr

@jack00 @wookiegr  Yes, I agree. Tacking on some half hazard multiplayer did indeed hurt the single player campaign and both campaign and multi suffered for it.