Titanfall beta: How can you get in?

Respawn cofounder Vince Zampella says the beta is not "open," and you'll need a code to get in.

We know there's a beta for Respawn Entertainment's upcoming multiplayer shooter Titanfall in the works for Xbox One and PC (sorry Xbox 360 owners!), but how can you get in?

Cofounder Vince Zampella said today on Twitter that the beta is not "open," and access will be granted through special codes. Unfortunately, he didn't share any information regarding how you can get one, and we haven't heard back from Respawn's official press team.

Separately, Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe confirmed that Titanfall beta access won't require that you preorder the game. "It's not tied to preorder, we'll let you know how to sign up soon," she said.

Whatever the case, Zampella said Respawn wants to get "as as many people in as possible" to the beta. And to that end, codes--which are not region-locked--will be distributed in waves, he said. Rumor has it that the beta will begin on February 14--Valentine's Day, though that's not confirmed.

We're likely to learn a start-date for the Titanfall beta soon, as Zampella said last night that once the build passes certification then Respawn can share more details. Titanfall officially launches on March 11. The PC version will require Origin.

Titanfall is one of 2014's most-anticipated games and is coming exclusively to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC thanks to an exclusive arrangement between Electronic Arts and Microsoft. The game was built by numerous former Call of Duty developers, including Zampella, who cofounded prolific Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward.

Microsoft announced a limited-run Titanfall Xbox One controller last month, and a special Xbox One console featuring Titanfall imagery is rumored to be in the works. If you are thinking about preordering Titanfall but aren't sure which store to purchase from, we did a quick write-up on every available Titanfall pre-order bonus to help you decide.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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radcrab123
radcrab123

did you know  that gamespot gets $2 everytime a user goes on their website and 2 more everytime they click a article. Probably explains why they make so many Misleading articles :P

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

I know gamespot are becoming notorious for misleading headline these days, but this is just taking the piss!

whynotdairy
whynotdairy

I find the way Respawn studios is handling the Titanfall beta, and actually Titanfall in general, is like the way Activision and Kotick handle Call of Duty.


I also remember when Zampella got "illegally fired" and started claiming Activision and Infinity Ward are tyrants. Zampella was framed as a good guy. It now seems to me that he is very arrogant. Titanfall is a brand new unproven IP that essentially rips a bunch of stuff off from COD. 

People are genuinely interested in taking Titanfall for a beta test. Respawn should be different than Activision and let people see how good the game actually is. If people had tried ghosts beforehand, it would have failed.


Moreover, I also find the similarities between Titanfall and COD continue into the exclusivity of Titanfall. I believe that the first Call of Duty was originally Xbox and PC exclusives as well.


Any rational developer of a new IP should want cross platform distribution. Respawn thinks so highly of themelves for being Infinity Ward alumni that they can be CoD killers through only the Xbox and PC. Call of Duty's explosion in popularity came with the cross platform distribution of CoD: Modern Warfare.


And although CoD, CoD 2, and CoD 3 were cross platform eventually, I specifically remember CoD 3 being the flagship launch title of the 360. 


If Zampella doesn't check himself he is going to wreck himself.

59Hertz
59Hertz

Whew, For a second there I thought I'd find out how to get into the beta.

Gomtor
Gomtor

I'll rather watch a newly painted wall dry.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Considering the recent multiplayer failures of some big games, it makes sense for Titanfall devs to test the crap out of it.  Maybe just make a Steam-like beta where people pay to play early?  Let's see if this baby breaks.

skipper847
skipper847

Its like its only famous people to get into the beta who been paid to say good things about it?.

kounterfeit
kounterfeit

Thanks for the new article that tell us NOTHING. This is why I rarely use this site.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

So there is no actual news here about how to get into the beta and only links to other Gamespot news articles.

with_teeth26
with_teeth26

Its way too close for launch to have a proper beta, this is just a demo in disguise, called a "beta" so any shortcomings can be be waved away with impunity. 

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

So it's not an open beta? Sounds like a marketing stunt now...just like alpha.

BarbieFu
BarbieFu

This game is why i got hypped on this gen and bought my x1!

BarbieFu
BarbieFu

cant wait for this... preordered and paid for! There was a link to respawns beta in the alpha story 2 weeks ago.. i put in an application then... hope to get a code in a week.... one of my friends was in the alpha, got me excited!

jonaadams
jonaadams

For this to be fun the maps need to be insanely huge compared to BF4 maps.

Liquid_
Liquid_

am i the only one who thinks this looks like generic trash?

Chaz456
Chaz456

Is it really going to be a Beta though if it is so close to release? I thought the idea of a Beta was to test on a large scale so they can hammer out problems that come along during Beta testing before releasing the final product. Shouldn't this be considered more of a promo then a Beta?


And if there are problems abound in the Beta then EA/Respawn have dug themselves quite a hole. With all the lawsuits flying around after the BF4 debacle EA would almost have to delay Titanfall if the Beta does not go smoothly.


But all that being said this game looks like so much fun and is the big reason I went with the XB1 so I am crossing my fingers for a smooth launch!

googinhiem
googinhiem

The hype is real this game will be EPIC you will see. Although I think the people that pre ordered should have 1st access to the beta...

blackace
blackace

Those codes are going to be a hot commodity. I expect people will be selling them on Ebay for like $50. lol!! The hype is increasing.

anotherone10
anotherone10

If they want to get "as many people in as possible" to the beta, then why don't they make it an open beta instead of closed?

Stebsis
Stebsis

"How can you get in? We don't know." Pretty misleading headline... oh, it's from Eddie, now it makes sense

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

yea well i'd prefer to savour the excitement for the full product on march 11th. 

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Well, thanks Gamespot.  I came to this article thinking that the answer to the headline question was in the article.  #WasteOfTime

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

I don't think 3 weeks is enough time to test the game, specially with a closed beta, meaning once it goes public the chances for server crashes for over population are big.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i love it how they call it a ''beta''.....its not a beta if your game is coming out a few weeks after. Seriously what can you really change in that short of time of so so testing. Battlefield did the same trick. Its Hype nothing more.


i would buy the game, if EA was not involved. I also love how respawn say they are independent, yet they are owed and funded by EA, that does not make you independent. That makes you a Tool.

bernard978
bernard978

6v6 styled CoD matches with mechs.... I would possibly play the beta but buying it anywhere near launch nope.

Roxas3510
Roxas3510

@whynotdairy  What you're saying would make sense if they weren't having a beta at all, but they are.


"People are genuinely interested in taking Titanfall for a beta test. Respawn should be different than Activision and let people see how good the game actually is. If people had tried ghosts beforehand, it would have failed. "


They have let people see how good the game actually is, and now they're going to do it again. Just because it's not an open alpha/beta test doesn't mean people aren't getting to see the game.


"Any rational developer of a new IP should want cross platform distribution. Respawn thinks so highly of themelves for being Infinity Ward alumni that they can be CoD killers through only the Xbox and PC."


They did want cross platform distribution, but they didn't get to make that decision, EA did (https://twitter.com/VinceZampella/status/395325209521029120).

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@Gomtor  Just the fact that your here talking about the game makes it a win for Titanfall. How dumb are fanBOYs these days? Keep it up your ignorance is very entertaining.

McGregor
McGregor

@Gomtor  After just painting a wall, I'd rather do anything else...

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

$559 for a game? Yikes...you must be rich.

krigan
krigan

@jonaadams You must not have played BF4 before. If they were that big you would be searching for someone to fight for an hr.

BarbieFu
BarbieFu

@jonaadams dont think so, the large maps would slow down the gameplay, tighter areas mean more action... this was made to kill cod... dont think they will copy bf4...

AceJakk
AceJakk

@Liquid_ No you're not.  You may, however, be one of the few on a Titanfall article.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Not generic, it's just overhyped. It's another FPS, but people act like it will reinvent gaming. People are sucker for marketing.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@Chaz456 Its a Demo in my eyes. Aside from some server tweaking, they aren't going to change anything game related, given the hype surrounding this game as well as EA's track record.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@googinhiem  Agreed. I really like the idea of preorders getting beta. For those people who are investing in a game early and putting their faith in the company...it is a nice reward. Of random people who sign up get the beta I'm going to be immensely disappointed.

xTheTrueSeekerx
xTheTrueSeekerx

The beta isn't to see if people like the way the game is played, that's what an alpha is for. A beta is simply to work out the kinks such as server issues. Look at GTA Online. If they did a beta 3 weeks prior, there wouldn't have been nearly as many issues at launch.

I honestly don't know what the problem is with BF4 though. I'm still having issues with it.

Burniz
Burniz

@bernard978  i'm sure you will pre order right after playing the beta...

BarbieFu
BarbieFu

@g0ldenpr0pet im not rich,  i didnt just get x1 for titanfall, i got bf4 and forza too, plus i will get destiny and the devision... also, i knew x1 was coming, so i saved up to get it. Bf4 64 player is the shiz... why the hate? Jealous?

Bowser05
Bowser05

@rockstar_88  Heyhey no need to insult the person that's uncalled for. He's entitled to his own opinion.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Burniz @helldragonzerThere were technically no crashes during the Alpha at all - they deliberately shut down a couple of servers' unexpectedly' in order to see how long it took for the game to switch to a different server and introduced updates mid-game session for the same reasons.

Not really a crash if you did it on purpose.

Bowser05
Bowser05

@bernard978 @Burniz  That's like saying you didn't get Halo so why would you get Bioshock. Point being...how is that related?

normanislost
normanislost

Except for being an fps, 6vs6 game mode and made by the team that made CoD4 and MW2 no its got nothing in common with CoD.......

Burniz
Burniz

@bernard978 @Burniz  so tired of people comparing this game to CoD... this has nothing to do with CoD... You'll see!!