Titanfall's Next Update Weakens the Game's Best Gun, Adds New Modes

Respawn has released the full patch notes for game update four.

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has released the full list of additions and changes coming in the next update for its first-person shooter, including tweaks to weapons and burn cards.

Some of the most significant components of the fourth game update were already well-known: namely, the introduction of two new game modes and Titan customization. The two new modes will be introduced one after the other in the new Featured Game Mode playlist, which will offer access to a particular mode "for a limited time only." First up is Marked for Death (the mode that resembles Counter-Strike's VIP mode), with Wingman Last Titan Standing coming "shortly after."

As for Titan customization, that will manifest itself in a few ways. Burn cards for Titans will be added that enhance Titan abilities or weapons (for instance, Electric Smoke will last longer, or you can deploy a pair of Particle Walls at the same time). Unlike regular burn cards, these won't be lost until you die as a Titan, which should help to ensure they don't go to waste. Players will also be able to select one of three Titan voiceover options and complete certain challenges to unlock insignias that can be placed on their Titans. And, finally, Auto-Titans will be able to use every ability at their disposal, allowing them to, for instance, use Electric Smoke when an enemy player jumps on them.

Burn card collections are getting some welcome changes as well: You'll now be able to store up to 46 cards in your deck from the start, with that figure increasing by six per regeneration, up to a total of 100. Additionally, you'll be allowed to exceed that maximum deck size following a match, though you'll have to discard some as needed to get down to the limit. This will help to ensure you don't lose out on quality cards simply because your deck is full due to being hesitant to use cards in your deck (something I'm frequently guilty of).

Along with a wide variety of other changes and bug fixes, another major change in this update involves weapon balancing. A number of weapons have been altered to either make them more or (in most cases) less effective based on their usage by players. This includes lowering the magazine size and long-range stability of the R101 (the most basic, yet arguably most effective weapon in the game), decreasing satchels' range, and bumping up the damage of the Hemlok in certain cases. Titans have seen some changes, too, such as the Big Punch ability being weakened when used by an Ogre.

These changes, while subtle in some cases, could very well end up having even more of a dramatic effect on the game in the long-term than anything else--they already may force me to abandon my most common loadout (an R101, satchels, and an Ogre with Big Punch).

Titanfall's first DLC was released in May, and is the first of at least three DLC releases it will receive. Respawn is hoping to support the game for a long time to come, though that will depend in part on the community continuing to play it. This next update has not yet received a launch date, but has been described as being "just around the corner."

Check out the full patch notes here and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

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Stryder_18
Stryder_18

What I think is dumb is that the new game modes are only for a limited time. Why would they do this? This game has gotten so stale for me due to the lack of variety. Now they add some variety, even though Wingman is just like last Titan Standing, and the new modes are only able to be played for a limited time? This makes no sense to me! I really hope they reconsider that decision and just leave the new modes.

hotwog21
hotwog21

Microsoft clearly trying to distract from their poor sales.

make it backward compatible with xbox 360 and xbox live arcade games

enable chat between xbox 360 and xbox one

separate the kinect properly

then you will be back in the race. until then choke on your poor sales.


themc_7
themc_7

this game was a big "meh". After playing it for about a week, I had had my fun and I was done with it. I can't explain why. There was nothing wrong with the game, it just didn't suck you in. 

deathstream
deathstream

If they keep adding stuff in they might be back in the running for GOTY by the end of the year.  Critics LOVED the gameplay and knocked points off for the package feeling incomplete.  If they fill out the package enough, they have a shot.  The Destiny alpha was seriously underwhelming and a lot of big hitters have been bumped to next year.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Stupid nerfing the already weak guns, NERF THE OP SHOTGUN it's ridiculous. I am happy about the satchel range though because that shizz was crazy long. And I'm excited for the new mode, I couldn't care less about 2 vs 2 LTS that's just pointless. I don't play as often any more but I'll definitely come back more and more whenever they add content.

russelsviper89
russelsviper89

They should've done all these updates before the game released. Rushing the game to the market doing this over a period of six months is just not right.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

do people still play this ? I played it for like 2 weeks on the PC and it kinda went cold on me :/

coldreboot
coldreboot

Wanna nerf something?, start with that GD kick

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Wow they messed with everything that wasn't broken, sans the R101. It was way too accurate at long range.

-What they should have done was add an option to drop a pod of more difficult grunts/spectres instead of a Titan.

-weaken the titans chain gun (way too many people rely on it)

-added a sniper rifle to the Titans arsenal.

-instead of wingman just being with Last Titan Standing, it should be in The other modes as well with a total of 3 teams.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Happy with the tweaks they have made. Satchels were to easy to kill people with due to the blast radius so that's a good change.Shotguns were also a little too effective at range and the hemlock was a bit crap. It'll be good to try it out now with the new matchmaking, modes and balances.

hotwog21
hotwog21

seriously? 


are will still falling for these scam updates, living in the future or promises and hope and hype that the game will get better or heaven forbid actually be finished and complete. Same goes for the console.


let me know when its finished.


Next gen is a joke. So tired or waiting for the potential to be unlocked.


get away from me, this whole industry is a joke.

valcrist09
valcrist09

after about a week i was board as hell, i level capped, the game lacks heavily in weapons, unlocks and modes which ends up making the game get boring and dull.  The game lacks really any new invovative modes, I love the speed, the parkcore and the mechs but the modes are bland generic over used FPS modes.  Considering the game under sold and its player base pretty much meh i think i am not the only one that found it boring fast.

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

The game isn't that good I have it on PC. It uses more VRAM than any other game I have and somehow manages to have worse textures than games from 10 years ago. It is the most horribly optimized power hungry piece of poop I've ever dealt with. The gameplay premise is fun for awhile, but has ZERO depth.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Serious contender for Game of the Year.

Amazing game that continues to deliver an amazing, fun experience.

Jkouw
Jkouw

@hotwog21 Backwards compatibility is basically impossible now, the 2 systems have very different architecture, and if you remember the PS3 originally had PS2 support which was expensive and was quickly removed. 


Not sure what you mean by "separate the kinect properly" seeing as how they are selling a Kinect less system now and allowing developers to access the extra 10% of power out of the system that was originally reserved for the Kinect.

Darklurkr23
Darklurkr23

@themc_7 Exactly! I think it's do to the lack of Titan Bodyshop, Single Player, and perhaps the randomness of people vs AI / sometmes people. You run around bam! bam! bam! then *plip* your dead from 400 meters away of a 1 shot in the foot and like - what happened?

At this point I'm actually wishing that LTS WAS the main game. We needed a new mech warrior.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Omg, thank freaking god someone else thinks Destiny is mediocre. I played it at a friend's house and the first thing he said to me is 'wanna see a future disaster?'

Man, it doesn't even feel like Halo. Did they make it play so stiff to not be sued by MS?

grenadehh
grenadehh

@russelsviper89 Just shut up. Crying ass console noob gamers "waaaaah patches what are patches? No game should EVER need tweaking."

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Nothing about the game feels rushed - nothing. As feedback comes in, Respawn responds to fan requests and some changes or additions are made - but it was never a broken game. It's called refinement. It's called an active community that is heard and worked with. It's called continued support. Most importantly, it's called ensuring a quality experience for everyone. Those are bad things?

Have you even played or did another Sony tr0ll feel the need to post nonsense?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The Xbox One community is strong with this title. Most people on my friend's list can be found playing it at any given time.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@coldreboot Uh it's a 1 hit melee kill. All FPS for the past 12 years since Halo 2 (excluding CS and other HL games) are one hit melee.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The kick is so fun though. But rather than just one shot you - it should disorient or at least have an additional animation of a knife kill or something. I kicked my cousin the other day and he didn't instantly die.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I agree. Way to often do I get lag kicked from the front. Annoying to lose a 1v1 because his ONE kick registered before half of my ammo clip.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Gravity_Slave Or you could just make the chaingun kill people in less than 5 hits or 2 hs like it should.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

The other thing they should have done is Titan class specific load outs. Like an Ogre only being able to use a sight stabilizer and Strider only being able to use a Jump kit (hypothetical)

jonnyb81
jonnyb81

@Gravity_Slave I've just begun playing this game, so this is a genuine question:  Would you find realistic value in utilizing a Titan sniper rifle?   Sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but I've never even considered using a Titan at long range for a lengthy period of time.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@hotwog21 How is it a scam balancing the game, improving matchmaking etc? No game will be perfect when it launches. There was nothing broken about the game, but they've certainly made improvements.


No one's forcing you to buy the game at launch if you aren't happy with what's on offer. I was happy enough with the original package, and I'm glad they are making updates to it.

hotwog21
hotwog21

oh and lets not forget that DLC thins the player pools some buy it and some dont, so have fun sitting in lobbies waiting for a game.


Next Gen - just wait, its gonna...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

So what you're saying is that you never bothered to play Titanfall...gotcha.

(Way to say you hate it and like so much of the other stuff in the same paragraph. Twit)

toddx77
toddx77

@Sevenizz @Gravity_Slave   Normally I don't care for MP unless it is an MMO.  I rarely play MP in games like COD, Halo, Left 4 Dead or Battlefield and with Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider, and Batman I never bothered to touch MP.  I was slightly into Uncharted 2's MP for a little while.  However I decided to try out Titanfall over the weekend since Origin was letting people play it for free and I loved it.  I bought it as soon as my free time expired.  The game only gets so much hate because console wise it is only on xbox and not playstation and this gen the xbox is the cool console to hate.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@Sevenizz It's certainly a good game, but the depth of content will probably rule it out of GOTY.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Darklurkr23 @themc_7 No. Stop. Never speak again please this game is not mechwarrior and is nothing like mechwarrior. Never make that reference.

howiex89
howiex89

@Sevenizz I watched my mate play it on twicth I was underwhelmed and told him why.... he agreed! He played a bit more and said he couldn't see himself buying it. I can see Destiny strugguling. Halo 5 will restore order, heck even the mastercheif addition might at this rate. 

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

@Sevenizz Nothing, really? The whole "campaign" felt like a rushed after thought, there were no private matches in a mutliplayer only game at the start (weird), there were only 4 game modes (actually 3 because attrition and pilot hunter are basically the same thing), no custom names for load outs until recently. 


I mean I like the game, it's fun, but to say nothing feels rushed is a little odd. It just has a lack of content compared to other shooters. Granted it has gotten better, but a lot of this added stuff should have been there in the first place. Having said all this, I think the sequel to this game will be incredible and it will hopefully be the shooter I envisioned this game to be.

toddx77
toddx77

@Sevenizz @Printul_Noptii  The PC community is also strong.  The longest it has ever taken to find a match for me is 1 minute.  There are always people playing it.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jonnyb81 It works well in LTS if you hide like a bitch and full charge the sniper.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol you just used the word realistic in a Sci-Fi shooter. I think you were going for "practical". Either way, to answer your question:

There are already long range Titan primary weapons.

-40mm "Cannon"

-Plasma Rail Gun

Both single shot factory settings. So why not a sniper rifle for titans? Some of the maps are huge. Why not have something with a scope? Imagine the joy of vaporizing a pilot from a thousand meters.

And Notice the red panels on weakened titans? Those are soft spots for precise direct fire.

See my point?

xeidog69
xeidog69

@AyatollaofRnR @hotwog21 Pre launch they stated that they were not doing DLC for one and then quickly turned around and said yeah we are. Sucked too because I had pre ordered/pre loaded the game and paid $60.00 . Launch day they announce season pass and had a game bundle to where it came out cheaper. Oh and I just paid $10.00 or whatever for 3 maps. Game was great during beta so I took the plunge only to be jipped on launch day because I could have had season pass + game for only $15 more as opposed to $25.00. Then game got kinda boring so took a break, Come back for expedition and its now a waiting game to even be partied up. Game did reinvent some things and made it fresh but too little to nibble on.

toddx77
toddx77

@hotwog21 @Sevenizz   I don't have any of the DLC yet on PC and I never have trouble finding a game with a full 6 on 6.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

On XB1, the community is vibrant enough where the DLC gets plenty of easy to find games for all!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Agreed 110%. For a console not selling as well as it's main competitor, it's threads sure do generate a lot of posts. After MS and Sony E3 shows, the Xbox thread was generating ten times more posts. Most negative. Why would that be? Jealousy? Sad their PS4's sit idle while MS users actually play theirs? Who knows?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I disagree. The game is an online shooter - that's what it is. Take it or leave it. Should a single player game be left out if contention then? Because many times, multiplayer is omitted from them. Wolfenstein rings a bell.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@grenadehh @jonnyb81 How the hell do you 'hide like a bitch' in a Titan (although admittedly I do have an Upload clip of me rodeo killing an Atlas hiding under the pipes in the middle of 'Fracture'...)?


The Plasma Rail gun IS the Titan sniper rifle (although an amped Kraber absolutely kicks Titan ass if you go for the weak spots).

jonnyb81
jonnyb81

@Gravity_Slave haha!  "Realistic" - "having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected."    


I see your point, though.  I'm totally on board :)

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Link the thread or quote where no DLC was promised.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Exactly. You don't see ppl complaining about Wolfenstein not have any MP. Why is it okay for one way and not the other? Hypocrites.