Titanfall alpha participants forbidden from sharing opinions publicly

Respawn confirms it is holding a "limited technical test" for its much-anticipated game, has no news to share about a public beta.

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment today confirmed that it has invited a small number of players into a "limited technical test" for the much-anticipated Xbox and PC exclusive. According to emails going out to Origin users, the testing period is being held on Xbox One.

"As some of you are asking, we are doing a limited technical test. It is not a beta, and we don't have any beta news at the moment," Respawn said on Twitter.

Don't expect to see video or written coverage of the alpha period, as participants are forbidden from sharing their opinions publicly. "Strictly not sharable," the studio added. Of course, that does not necessarily mean coverage won't show up anyway.

Respawn's comments today do not rule out a future public beta for Titanfall, but the clock is ticking, as the game's release March 2014 release date is now under two months away. Studio cofounder Vince Zampella said last month that the company is "definitely" thinking about holding a beta.

Titanfall launches on March 11, 2014 exclusively for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The game is never coming to PlayStation or Nintendo platforms, but sequels could. Earlier this week, Respawn addressed criticism about the game's 6v6 player cap and revealed a $65 Xbox One Titanfall-theme controller.

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they don't want COD developers to steal their ideas

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Really Gamespot? You have been around since the nineties and you don't know the common practice of the "play-test non disclosure agreements"? This is like writing an article saying "100%  of console videogames go through first party approval before release"

Slow news day I guess... either that or the search for some cheap sensationalism.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Dislike EA myself, who the hell likes EA ?! But try the game before you judge it. Dont call it a bad game if you havent even played it....

Troy Smith
Troy Smith

haha your joking right they have so much money they would just drag the court case out, thats how big company's get away with being sued they win if you run out of money and give up. so glad i dont live in america where you have no rights, land of the free my ass land of nsa is abusing your rights

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"so glad i dont live in america where you have no rights, land of the free my ass"

Said a guy from Australia...

Joel Brisco
Joel Brisco

Leonid, EA being a publisher IS what people are whining about. EA is well known to push games out LONG before they're ready, tested, or anything else. Their entire strategy is to release games as fast as possible and sell them with marketing/hype, and cut out developers that fail to meet sale standards in doing so while everyone else complains about the broken games. And no, Titanfall isn't really anything new. It's Call of Duty + 1/4 the movement of Quake series + some giant mech killstreaks with EA whipping the devs.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Why hate on a game before its released ? You haven't even tried it !I don't understand that mentallity. New game ? Buuuuuhhh ! Don't want new game, cry cry whine whine ! And another thing : Some people just can't understand the difference between developer and publisher. EA IS NOT MAKING THIS GAME, Respawn Entertainment is. Get it ?

Daniel Courtney
Daniel Courtney

what happens if they do under a different alias? hahaha

solracnauj1
solracnauj1

A big piece of shit like bf3, bf4, simcity, etc, etc, etc,etc

Gabe Chorley
Gabe Chorley

Well what else would they say besides that it's really really awesome... :D

Jared Beasley
Jared Beasley

Bf4 was rushed. titanfall has been in production for 3 years. Why would I have to watch a video of the alpha when I have been playing it fir the better part of 3 day

Shebuka
Shebuka

And????.... Every closed Alpha and Beta has NDA...

Jim DiTullio
Jim DiTullio

EA like M$ is a garbage company holding gaming back with their greed /end discussion

Les Inaminute Haigh
Les Inaminute Haigh

Ea pubilish bf4 what are you on steven they dont after make the game just put it out too soon like bf4 which i got rid of as its a mess online

Les Inaminute Haigh
Les Inaminute Haigh

Nothing wrong with mw2 what are u on its the most uneven broke mp of all time

Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

it is but you know how trolls are. this isnt even for a beta but an alpha.

Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

Nice troll but actually most betas and alphas, which this is an alpha, have NDAs attached to them. This game will be perfectly fine. EA is not making this game morons, they are merely publishing it.

Ian Evans
Ian Evans

It's kind if irresponsible of GS to insinuate that this is in anyway unusual or newsworthy, as opposed to a company doing a normal thing as a normal part of the testing process.

bobbiebuilda
bobbiebuilda

I don't really care about the NDA. I'll say it straight up, I think Titanfall is quite fun. Me and some buddies took turns playing for about 5 hours and I've got to say that I have few worries. It's frantic, crazy fun with 6v6, and it looks quite decent too. The free running is awesome and makes traversing the maps easy. The bots are pretty bad, but I ended up engaging with other players enough that I was never bored. Shoot-outs get crazy intense as people are wall-running and double jumping to try and get the best angle. 


If you like FPS games, you will not be disappointed.

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

Look at all the praise bf4 got then look at thee actual product we paid for

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Actually it is legal, it falls under some sort of trade secrets act I think. If you're so confident that it's illegal then open a law suit.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

João Maia, that is sometimes true, but it's also true that many people just expect a game in testing to be the complete product, so allowing games to be reportable whilst in testing, or releasing a game for public testing is risky. If it goes well it pays off fantastically, but if not then it damages that games reputation before it's even off the ground. I should also add that although it's becoming increasingly common for beta tests to be open (though not usually before a closed test), public reporting of such test, are very rare on the whole. I should also add that early access and review copies are usually complete, or near complete, pre-releases. This isn't at that stage yet. These people are not wrong, it is indeed still common practice in the majority of cases. Always amusing how the people with gaps in their knowledge are the ones that tell us all we're wrong ....

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

No, it's actually quite typical practice for games in testing. It prevents rivals copying what a game is doing before it's even released, and most importantly prevents people developing an impression of the game and then bitching when it's released because they never pay attention to the warning that games in testing might not even remotely resemble the final product, thus hurting the game itself.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Why bother reporting that? It's hardly unusual for a game in testing.

Daniel Cröss
Daniel Cröss

That means it sucked. We gamers are not fools.

Yasin Sevil
Yasin Sevil

Well I wouldn't say their game is essentially bad, NDA has almost always been there in any computer game, and just because an NDA is present doesn't necessarily mean the product is bad. I'm not defending titanfall though.

Nic Barlow
Nic Barlow

Take time to get it right before releasing it.

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

well if everyone can play broken games, then what makes this one differently?

Cameron Lale
Cameron Lale

I was making a understatement to make a point, im aware how much like CoD it plays. But my point was that you somehow expected it not to be like CoD? These guys MADE CoD. Treyarch and Activision Ruined CoD. Theres nothing wrong with the MW2/MW CoD, its only the recent iterations and the appallingly frequent sputum which comes out yearly which makes it bad. So don't be disappointed when a game isn't past your unfounded expectations.

Anthony Ferino
Anthony Ferino

That's perfectly normal. Any private test involves a NDA and Terms of Use that include such a clause.

Cesar Becerra
Cesar Becerra

link the footage joel... Iwant to see what you're talking about

Rezwan Kabir
Rezwan Kabir

Well this can mean either its going to be a really good game, or a really bad one!

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

I find it ironic that Valve is letting a competitor use their game engine.

Dale Runkle
Dale Runkle

Are E3 awards driven by developers, publishers, or consumers - because winning an award at E3 don't impress me much. I'll reserve my judgement until release, but knowing EA... it'll be released too soon (no doubt).

MichaelAngelo Go
MichaelAngelo Go

Omg they are not even confident enough of their own game

Daz Sams
Daz Sams

Am looking forward to it am just not sure I want it as ea has a hand in it or so am told

Troy Smith
Troy Smith

this is not legal you cant block peoples thoughts because they dont own the rites to them, they can only stop them from talking about content. good bad or unimpressed are not covered under nda

Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards

I've been in 3 beta trials so far and these rules applied to all of them....