Titanfall beta had 2 million players

And the game will be better at launch because of it.

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall beta last week started with a limited number of players who were lucky enough to get in. On Saturday night, Feb. 15, Respawn opened the beta to all players on Xbox One and later all PC players as well.

By the time the Titanfall beta ended on Feb. 19, around 2 million people played the game, Respawn’s community manager Abbie Heppe told Polygon.

Though it had a clear promotional benefit, Respawn engineer Jon Shiring said that the Titanfall beta was also an important test for Xbox Live compute, Microsoft’s cloud computing technology. “Forza used it a little bit, but they weren't as reliant on it as we are,” he told Polygon. “The game is completely reliant on it. If it's down, nobody can play."

Shiring said that while Respawn may still find more problems at launch, the beta helped them find 10 “real things” that they worked on and fixed.

One result of the beta that Respawn probably didn’t plan for is that it would lead to a leak about Titanfall. By looking into the beta files, savvy data miners managed to unearth the names of 14 potential maps that could feature in the full game.

For more on Titanfall, check out GameSpot’s new The Next Big Game feature, which has five days of coverage on the most anticipated games of the year.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

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zyxahn
zyxahn

So tired of the effing HYPE word.  People are playing the game and telling you about it.  They either liked or they didn't.  Hype to me is making a game seem like more then it actually is.  If you played the game then it's not hype, it's fact.  I suck at multiplayer shooters so I will not be getting Titanfall but I did play the beta a bit and see that all the talk about it seems to be true. You wanna play Planetside 2 then go play it and talk about it on Planetside forums.

grove12345
grove12345

Anybody know why these MS servers are soooooooo important? Other than hosting a game? 

ganondorf77
ganondorf77

I can't understand the hype, or the motives, or why the people seems so blinded. Please someone explain. There are 3 game modes, 2 gameplay experiences (killing by foot or driving a titan), 3 scenarios, which means just 3 aesthetics, and that's it. Graphics are not sublime, they are just the minimum standard. The game experience it's almost the same as UT saga, but with a modern sense of scale (was already ok in UT3), which is, as I said, just the minimum standard for this game to be considered "up to date". But, despite the popular positive reception, this game seams the same again. But UT3 had 10 incredible game modes, each weapon was a complete different experience, there were big robots, lots of maps, and the best of all there were mods and map editor... Is it correct to make this comparison? Paying a full game price, for almost exactly the same...

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Wow 2 million thats crazy but it is titanfall so no surprise there.That is good to hear though because the game ran smooth which reason for that was running on the xbox servers instead of EA.

wallacom
wallacom

Cant wait! I Played the beta on X1 (Beta key). All I can say, I never enjoyed FPS like that since CoD MW2.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

don't believe the hype. planetside 2 didn't need hype and it has 6000 players per server lol.


a 6 v 6 game with mechs or a 2000 vs 2000 vs 2000 game with aircrafts, vehicles and mechs.


hmmmmmm, I wonder which will be better.

BigCat2K20
BigCat2K20

I don't know about Titanfall. It feels like Battlefield 3 & 4 all over again (in terms of hype & coverage). The unrealistic hype of the game is just ridiculous. Gamers need to slow their roll on Titanfall & take a deep breath. Is the game will garbage? I don't know. Is it going to be best FPS game of all time? I don't know either. I'll rent it at Redbox next month for Xbox 360 (zero interest in Xbox One nor PC version of Titanfall).

Pewbert
Pewbert

The amount of coverage this game is getting makes me suspicious.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Looks like this will be the game that sells the XB1, just like Halo sold the 360.

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

That because it's brandnew. I can't tell you why it cost more for a digital copy. But i say just buy the physical copy. Doesn't make sense why digital cost the same as a physical copy. I'm from the states if your wondering.

curiousarman
curiousarman

i'm upgrading my internet just for this.


and i'm surprised that this game was made by some ex-COD maker. i think they have learned something from the milk-storm of cod and not make the same mistake for this to-be-masterpiece.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I wanted to pre order this geat looking game but its for around 45 pounds on origin store (PC version), I would not like to pay more thatn 20 pounds for a PC game, why its so expensive?

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

This is good glad to hear positive response on this game despite which platform it's on. These are the kinds of thing we gamers sony & xbox loyalists need to work on titanfall infamous, uncharted, gears of war, hopefully god of war 4, and many more. Both systems are great this year and many more are only going to get better for both systems.

gamer112696
gamer112696

However much money Microsoft is paying Respawn to keep this an exclusive, it will probably be well worth it for them. Never the less, I'm glad this game ended up being as good as it looks.

doubleii
doubleii

Im a sony fan but im here to say congrats to MS and MS fans on titanfalls. The game looks great it reminds me of the time MW2 came out. Online for that game was addictive.

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

I talked my friend into buying a Xbox One this weekend so he could get Titanfall :)

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

@ganondorf77  We don't know how many game modes there are. There were 3 in the beta. And when you break the game down to just "You're on foot or in a Titan", you're ignoring the mechanics that make those things fun.


Titanfall doesn't revolutionize anything. It's a refreshing, fun shakeup on modern FPS's. It definitely takes from arena shooters, CoD, Halo, and Battlefield but what it all amounts to is fun. 

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

@Aaronp2k  Planetside is pay 2 win, getting weapons etc is a grind and its slow.

Burniz
Burniz

@Aaronp2k  loll i've been playing planetside 2 for 1 year and it has nothing to do with titanfall... titanfall is awesome!!!

Tommi88
Tommi88

@Aaronp2k lol planetside sucks, the only reason people play it is because its f2p.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Aaronp2k  Not only does PS2 scratch a totally different itch, but 2k v 2k v 2k? Really?! Have you actually played the game? 200 v 50 v 10 is more realistic, depending on who's got that damn peak.

Make no mistake, I really enjoy PS2, and it's my go-to game if BF is being shitty or I struggle to find a game where it's kinda even.

You and I both know 2k vs 2k vs 2k does not happen.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Aaronp2k Titanfall - it doesn't have microtransactions or subscriptions for a start.



Tommi88
Tommi88

@BigCat2K20 you should belive the hype, i have played it and it is even better than the hype

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

I wouldn't I've played the beta and if your FPS veteran. Trust what's being said about titanfall the hype will be backed up

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@dmdavenport  considering its out for pc as well, and planetside 2 which is a million times better than titanfall could ever hope to be is on the pc and ps4 I highly doubt it.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@Bigjoe275  I agree. But I know the reason is it pisses off the Retailers. They feel they are being undercut. It is the same reason we didn't get the download games feature. Too many people complained.


Trust me man I plan on getting the special edition and downloading the game. But Retailers run the Game market, not the consumer. A loss for us smart people.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Karmazyn 20 pounds for a brand new PC game? Well first, you need to find yourself a time machine...

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@Bigjoe275 You shouldn't pay so much attention to the phoney "console war" drummed up by game sites looking for eyeballs. Truth is both systems are awesome and no one will be disappointed owning either one.

R3V3RS3D
R3V3RS3D

@doubleii  I'd classify myself as a Sony fanyboy.  I got into the PC beta with no intention of buying the game (mostly thought of it as an Xbox 360/ Xbox One exclusive) and after playing the beta for several hours I pre-ordered the game for PC.  For me AND my Brother.  Loved it!  It seriously made me consider saving up for an Xbox One.

EatShanna
EatShanna

@Sevenstorms  


You talked your friend into buying inferior hardware for more money? Some friend you are.


:)

defan88
defan88

@thissonicboom @wallacom  COD WaW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigCat2K20
BigCat2K20

@Tommi88 @BigCat2K20Nah, I don't go jumping on the hype train! After MW2, Battlefield 3 & other games, that was it for me. Like I said, I'll give Titanfall an rent next month to try it out. From the gameplay footage I had watched, its just another FPS game & fun factor will be short.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Bigjoe275 I was perfectly prepared to be let down by the beta (as I have been on past beta tests), but I wasn't in the slightest. I got my key on the Saturday afternoon and aside from a couple of breaks (eating, sleeping, walking the dog and having to go to work at the start of the week - grrr!) I played it solidly until the Wednesday evening.


Glorious!

defan88
defan88

@Aaronp2k @dmdavenport  People keep on pointing out the fact that it's on PC in response to it being a system seller. Yes, people with a solid PC won't be going out and buying a X1 for this game alone, but that percentage is small. Taxes are coming out. People want a next gen system. There's a shortage of PS4s. And MS is bundling this game with the system at the same price point. This will be a system seller. How many systems? Who knows??

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@dmdavenport @Bigjoe275  unless you were expecting 1080p at 60fps. In which case you will be extremely disappointed with xbone and a little disappointed with ps4.

doubleii
doubleii

I might have to get me an xbox1 but I know I will find it hard to divide up my time too both systems. I mainly showcase my skills on the PlayStation but wouldn't mind trying the xbox

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@BigCat2K20 @Tommi88  I guess that is your opinion without playing it. if Gameplay videos aren't enough then I guess playing it wouldn't help you either. But from what I saw and played it is a system seller.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@Aaronp2k  Isn't it nice to have 1080p and no games. it must be in your world.

Tommi88
Tommi88

@Aaronp2k i bought the xbox one because of xbox live and the games, theres no reason i would ever by a ps4, there arent any good games for it.

R3V3RS3D
R3V3RS3D

@doubleii  I'm with you.  If you have a PC I'd suggest you try it there.  That way you don't have to come up with the money for a new console.  If you've got the $$, though - make it happen.  The beta was great.  I'm sad to say it was the most fun I found myself having in a long time.  

loon232
loon232

Future proof? How so? I can already watch tv.