Titanfall Introduces More Traditional FPS Mode for 16 Players Without Titans and AI

New "Pilot Skirmish" mode is a pilots-only game type.

Xbox and PC shooter Titanfall's sixth major update will include, among other things, a new pilot-only game mode called Pilot Skirmish. Announced today in a post on the game's website, Pilot Skirmish is an 8v8 mode that features no NPCs or Titans.

Arguably the chief intrigue of Respawn Entertainment's new shooter is its pilots vs. mechs gameplay, so the introduction of this pilot-only mode is somewhat of a surprise. It's not entirely shocking, however, as the developer teased back in February that such a mode might be introduced to Titanfall sometime down the road.

Standard Titanfall matches are limited to 12 players. And because of this player cap difference, Pilot Skirmish will not be a featured game mode when playing the Variety Pack playlist.

Titanfall update six, which does not have a launch date yet (thought it might be September 6), also includes a range of gameplay tweaks and new features, including new options for colorblind gamers and faster matchmaking. A roundup of these changes, courtesy of Respawn, is available below. Looking ahead, Respawn says it will introduce even more new game modes, including Wingman Last Titan Standing.

The game is currently free to play on PC through Electronic Arts' Origin platform for a period of 48 hours.

Marked For Death is Now its own Permanent Game Mode! - When we first introduced Marked For Death, we were planning to rotate it out for another mode after a couple of weeks, but the enduring popularity of the mode convinced us to bring it on full-time. There will now be a Marked For Death playlist to choose from, along with custom Marked For Death loadouts to unlock.

Added Modes for Colorblind Titan Pilots - Three colorblind options (protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia) have been added. They affect IFF glows, crosshair colors, and names above heads.

Pssst...wanna buy a burn card? - Black Market Daily Deals now include the ability to buy individual Burn Cards from a limited, ever shifting stock. These items are in short supply, so prices may vary.

Gambling is for Winners - Roll the Dice is a new ultra-rare Burn Card that gives you the ability to tap into your entire deck from inside a match. It’s the Fabergé Egg of burn cards if you will.

Burn Card Auto Fill - Toggle the new Burn Card Auto Fill option in the Burn Card Menu and it will automatically fill empty Burn Card slots for you. Never fight empty-handed again.

Late to the Game - Joining late is no longer penalized. If you join a match that is more than half way over and your team is not winning, a loss will not be counted on your record. If the match is a win for your team, we’ll count it as one. We've also added a warning message noting you will receive a loss on your record by leaving a match in progress.

IMPROVEMENTS AND OPTIMIZATIONS

FX Optimizations - Optimizing effects processing and moving more effects rendering work onto additional CPU cores is a good thing. So we did that.

Matchmaking - Faster searching, improved team balancing, increasing the likelihood of being in full games, and drastically lowering the chance of having lopsided (e.g. 6v3) matches.

  • The score is now shown in the center of the screen at the end of each Last Titan Standing round.
  • New HUD Icons for team Titan counts and players using Burn Cards have been added. Last Titan Standing now shows the number of Pilots left alive on each team.
  • New voiceover for Round Won and Round Lost events as well as noting whether the gap between the teams’ scores is increasing or decreasing.

GAMEPLAY CHANGES

  • Titans no longer show up on the minimap when they dash.
  • Atlas and Stryder melee damage values have been switched to mirror their original design intent. The Titan melee damage order is now: Stryder, Atlas, Ogre from least to most. This is also consistent with the hierarchy of damage for the Big Punch mod.
  • To stem the influx of Burn Cards at higher levels, the Bonus XP-to-Credits conversion rate for max level players has been adjusted.
  • As part of the pan-galactic stimulus package, credits for selling rare Burn Cards have been increased from 200 to 400.

BUG FIXES (All Platforms)

  • For the Black Market we slightly reduced the chance to get rare cards in the Standard Pack, and increased the number of rare cards in the Premium Pack from 4 to 5.
  • The Auto-Titan vortex effect should no longer orient incorrectly.
  • Fixed the shotgun, vortex fireback, and arc cannon bypassing Titan shields when used against a Pilot doing a friendly rodeo.
  • The map Export no longer contains areas where you can shoot through covered windows.
  • Grenades should now be better at predicting their movement at high frame rates.
  • Fixed a rare crash bug on Demeter in Campaign mode.

BUG FIXES (Xbox One)

  • Fixed issue where a user couldn't sign in to Titanfall if there is a second account on the system which has access to Titanfall DLC content which the first user doesn't.
  • Fixed incorrect leave game dialog behavior when in a party.
  • Connecting a SmartGlass device to the X1 while Titanfall is running should no longer cause a crash.
  • You should no longer be able to get behind walls when rodeoing a Titan that is ejecting on Relic.
  • Titan OS no longer says that you are being attacked by an Enemy Pilot when you are inside an enemy Dome Shield.

BUG FIXES (PC)

  • Fixed incorrect leave game dialog behavior when in a party.
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Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

With no titans, we might as well call this mode "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare."

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

People have been comparing CoD: Advanced Warfare to Titanfall ever since it was announced. This new game mode should certainly help to determine if their is any similarities, or even which is the better game.

The features they talk about under the 'Late to the game' heading are pretty cool as well. There's nothing worse than joining a game just in time to come stone-dead last.

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

Any chance of unlocking that 60fps so I don't have to choose between a vsyncs input lag and screen tearing

McGregor
McGregor

Cool, this game mode will be fun. Not that Titans aren't fun, but I can't stand the AI.

Pewbert
Pewbert

That awkward moment where the selling point of your game (mechs) has been removed to make way for a generic shooter ...

ECH71
ECH71

Oh my god... 16 players... that's crazy high... it's never been done before by any multiplayer game... EVER!!!!

blackothh
blackothh

Did they ever test out a map mode without the extra fodder and increased number of players? like 10 vs 10 or 15 vs15. Whats the worst that can happen? The game gets laggy and people dont like the mode? Whats the best that can happen? They find out that the mode that everybody wants actually will work?

pupi0828
pupi0828

They should tweak matchmaking and team balancing instead. I played this game only during the 48 hours free session, but i was constatly facing against peoples with level 38+ althought I was only lvl 5. And i was in matches when 3 of us with lvl 15 and below was fightin against 6 40+ players. This is really game killing! I wanted to buy this game but after this free experience I will never gonna pay for this.

themc_7
themc_7

I'm disappointed that I don't play this game. Sounds like they are giving it a lot of love and support. I just can't get back into it. 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

So this is just a Brink cloned map?

This game is over hyped and weak.

Not the title that no one would shut up about when it was first announced that's for sure.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I played the free trial a month or so ago on Origin and I actually found the mechs to be so crap that I preferred to stay on foot anyway.

psxp-one
psxp-one

Lol this fkn game....all xbots were so hyped about it...now only the few and the proud stick their neck out for it.

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

Release the moding tools and watch this game explode with popularity, Skyrim came out 2 years ago thousands still play it cause of all the insane and crazy fun mods add. not to mention how awesome 4K Skyrim looks.

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

How about remove the grunt AI and add 2 more pilots for each team . Call it "What We Should Have Launched in March Mode"

Llouc
Llouc

I don't know why everyone is hating... If you don't think it's cool... play the regular modes but if your interesting in different modes then this will be cool! :)

fatalscorpion
fatalscorpion

Cool this'll be good until destiny comes out.


naomha1
naomha1

Oh, so it's going to be kinda like CoD again, but wall running for no reason now? Right? Ugh.


Titanfall was an excellent game. I was one in the crowd nay saying the game before launch. Went on sale a few months later and I picked it up on Origin (gad!) Freaking game was a blast. No lie. I really thought it was going to be CoD with mechs. It was so much more. Now, though, it's losing a lot of steam. One thing that would really, really open this game up. 32-40 player matches. Make it a Battlefield type match. Hell, even steal Battlefield ideas. Lots of mechs, lots of people running and gunning, destructible cover and buildings, water mechs (I just jizzed), even make long distance pounders. Have someone on the team act as a "lookout/sniper" class that can relay Xs and Ys and have a long bombardment class mech that can tighten up and do, say, massive missile damage up close. These guys have so much potential but they're wasting it on uselese DLC and stale ideas. 


Personally, if I owned my own studio I know what I would be doing.  It wouldn't be going back to CoD, that's for sure.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Yeah, this game is already a thing of the past. Only the dudebros waiting for Halo MCC still play this game....

rjh_24
rjh_24

TITANfall with only 3 TITANS or our new mode with no TITANS ....... but but but you can walk on the walls thats cool right?

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

The community really wanted this so it's nice they are listening, I just hope they don't nerf the carbine again

not-a-troll
not-a-troll

Mucho

             Innovation!

   =D

rcebankz
rcebankz

Everybody's bitching like theyre forced to play the mode, let alone the game itself.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Pewbert I wouldn't say that the mechs are the only selling point, nor would I say that it's a generic shooter without them.

tushwacker
tushwacker

@daikkenaurora12 Comments like this drive me crazy.. The verticality, running speed, free-running, and lack of killstreaks already separated this game vastly from COD. Yes, it's a multiplayer FPS. NO, this does not automatically make it 'like COD'. IMO, the Titans made the game less fun to play because they made it unsafe to really use the free-running much. Just when you started to get moving fast around the map, you'd have to stop and hide in a building until a friendly Titan could distract theirs and let you keep moving. If this mode had been available at launch, I think the game would have done much better.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@psxp-one What's wrong with being excited about a product that looks like it's going to be good? That's what your supposed to do when games are revealed. I was super excited to hear about Second Son and I feel the same about Destiny. Sometimes it turns out great and sometimes you get a dud, but that's nothing new. I swear, people do everything they can to kill everyone else's joy.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@naomha1 So many people have been whining about this not being a game mode. You may not like it but it's one of the most requested game modes currently. They listened to the fans and added the mode.

You may not enjoy it but others will.

DefconRave
DefconRave

@rjh_24 Still only 3 titans? rofl, how can they let their 1 gimmick go to waste. Shame though, the concept had so much potential....

psxp-one
psxp-one

Lol they are listening only for a little while more, remember? They are "moving on" meaning....no more Titanfall for you guys :)

psxp-one
psxp-one

Everyone's? No...xbots, yes!

wookiegr
wookiegr

@DefconRave @rjh_24 I mentioned that I thought it was odd there were only 3 Titans in a game that revolves around them are got a sh!tstorm of rage from the hardcore fantards about it.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@DefconRave @rjh_24 i havent played in the past 4 months so i dont know if they added any or not but still lol 

deathwish026
deathwish026

@psxp-one in all fairness how many other competitive fps give you regular updates for this long ? not many is the correct answer.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

How's call of duty doing for you?

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

@deathwish026

All the major ones? COD, battlefield, halo, killzone all give support. This game hasn't even been out that long yet.