Titanfall's non-map updates will be free

Respawn says new features and modes will always be free, though you'll need to pay for map packs.

You'll need to pay for Titanfall's three map packs, but outside of those, all new features and game modes developer Respawn Entertainment introduces will be absolutely free. Game director Steve Fukuda made the announcement on the game's blog today. The game's first paid DLC, called Expedition, was announced during PAX East last weekend and will launch sometime in May.

It's not a terribly surprising bit of news, as other contemporary shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield also do not charge for game updates or new modes. However, unlike Call of Duty and Battlefield, Titanfall does not have microtransactions.

Fukuda's announcement today was part of a wider blog post about what kind of support Titanfall players can expect going forward. He explained that Respawn aims to accelerate the "update tempo" for the game and also communicate better with fans about what is coming to the game and why.

Future Titanfall updates will introduce a variety of changes and tweaks, Fukuda said. First, he explained that Respawn's overall ambition for Titanfall is to "tend the garden and keep the weeds out." This means Respawn will implement minor tweaks and fixes to improve the overall "core health" of Titanfall.

Titanfall players can also look forward to new "convenience features" that are designed to improve the Titanfall user experience overall. One of these new features is the recently introduced Party Colors option, which allows you to more easily identify who is in your party. The next Titanfall update, Fukuda said, will introduce the ability to rename your custom loadout and to make custom loadouts specific to each game mode.

There are also "infrastructural features" coming to Titanfall. One example is the recent release of Private Matches, and future updates will bring more Private Match options, Fukuda said. Where possible, Respawn will first introduce these new changes in beta form, allowing the studio to gather feedback and tweak the game as needed based on responses from players.

Fukuda also teased the "competition-oriented" and "competitive spirit" features are coming to Titanfall in the future, though he didn't say more.

Finally, beyond new features for Titanfall, Fukuda said that Respawn plans to introduce a new Burn Card set, and Titan customization options like the Titan "Nose Art" insignias. New game modes and game mode variants are also in the works, Fukuda pointed out.

"Our plans for supporting Titanfall are simple. We'll keep you better informed between updates, and we'll deliver free updates to you on a regular basis," Fukuda said. "We are constantly tweaking our support plans in response to your feedback, and although we cannot promise everything requested will go through, we are listening. Thanks again for playing Titanfall, and keep the feedback coming!"

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greaseman1985
greaseman1985

Its amazing that in the new age of DLC and season passes, we have to emphasize and get excited over an update being free.

phloyd74
phloyd74

All these people screaming 'map packs should be free'.. .get over it, we live in a commercial world - businesses need to make money. if you don't want to buy add on's, don't buy them, but don't expect that it should be handed out for free. I don't work for free, I'm sure most of you don't either.

Reagan2791
Reagan2791

360 users still waiting on the update that was released last week on X1 and PC. No word on when it's coming either.

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

Im slowly losing my interest with Titanfall.


EA obviously influencing the money making behind this title.

AshTrai
AshTrai

Paid map packs seriously fracture the player base. From what i've seen, 1 of 2 things happens...

1] If not all players in the lobby have the extra content, then the new map is not selected. This means that you almost never play the new content since you are unable to choose what map you play because it's randomly decided by the microsoft hosted server


2] The player-base gets divided in to different blocks of people depending on what map pack they have and they can't play together..


neither is a good idea! Map packs should always be FREE or you ruin the community!

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@AshTrai
Reminds of that situation in Forza 3!
I bought the Nürnburg GP track pack and i assumed everyone who was interested in racing bought one lol
How wrong i was.
They are doing it right in Forza 5...the new tracks and its variations (Road America and Long Beach) are free for everyone to download.

skippiman
skippiman

@AshTrai  The problem is that Respawn needs to make money. It takes a lot to develop map packs and extra content. If they don't charge for them they will lose money/not make as much as they had hoped.

KaptajnKnap
KaptajnKnap

@AshTrai  Exactly what happened in BF3 for example. I bought the game and the first expansion pack and felt that I've been ripped off by EA (a shock, I know!) so I didn't buy the rest of the packs, but several of my friends did. It didn't take the long before I deleted the game from Origin and I haven't looked back, since I had nobody left to play with.

I'd love to play BF4 if it was complete free, otherwise EA will just f*ck me sideways for more of my money after I've bought the game, and have me spend way more money than what the game's worth.

I don't think this financial strategy of theirs is gonna stand firm in the long run, it's a delicate business model and consumers hunger for its end. I'm definitely one of them! :)

seanwil545
seanwil545

@AshTrai  

Match browsers are a console feature and I hate that I have to deal with them on PC. Are people too lazy or too dim to pick a server and map from a list?

Even Sonic Racing Transformed allows players to map/track vote.

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

For the moment I'd be happy if they just fixed the match making like they already claimed to have fixed. Getting a bit sick of playing game after game with a team of players that have barely played the game, against a group of players who haven't stopped playing it since it came out.

quakke
quakke

Not as cool as free stuff from UT99..

fillup0
fillup0

If they have map pack playlists and the matchmaking doesn't favour people with the packs then it'll be fine I guess, but it'll probably do what the CoD games did and split up the playerbase.

observer98
observer98

I'm still wondering how these maps work in an MP only game. Do you host the maps for others or does everyone playing need to have the maps?

fillup0
fillup0

@observer98  It's all handled serverside so I'd imagine that matchmaking would  match people who have the same map packs as you unless it can't find people.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@observer98
If its anything like Halo,then the matchmaker will offer only maps all gamer have...or seperate modes like "DLC only".

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

"Updates will be free"... Yeah, that's called a patch, they've always been free.

You know what used to come in free patches? Maps! Can you imagine that way back with COD MW1 you didn't have to pay for new content?

Just wait for it, all you chumps that support excessive DLC will soon be paying for patches too.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@ShimmeringSword You got it wrong!

A patch is a patch,an update is an update.
By updating you add new modes,variations and other small content.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@sladakrobot @ShimmeringSword Update is an extremely broad term, so is patch. Many game patches come with content, many game updates come with none. You've dodged the point however, all that matters in my post is that you now have to pay for what used to be free.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@ShimmeringSword
My understanding of a patch is that is fixes things and an update add/improve.
But i could be wrong.

quakke
quakke

@ShimmeringSword
"
WAY BACK with COD MW1 you didn't have to pay for new content?"


There is just so much wrong with that phrase..

Kooken58
Kooken58

@ShimmeringSword I remember those days, Bad Company 2 came out with a few patches that offered a couple new maps. I think this was the last BF game that ever did that. No surprise since EA saw that the Players playing COD were willing to fork over money and be ripped off with 20 dollar map packs, so they jumped all over that crap.

mattcake
mattcake

"Fukuda".

*head turns sideways like Stewie*

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

This whole motherf*#king game should have been free in the first place!

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

#dealwithit kiddies. I play this game for a little fun but soon as Watch Dogs comes out I'll be leaving it behind. Paid DLC just spreads the servers thin and ultimately kills off the game because it separates the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. Pretty poor strategy if you ask me.

jyml8582
jyml8582

But Watch Dog will have paid DLCs....

ratchet200
ratchet200

@jyml8582 That's not going to split up players and force them into different matches then those of their friends.

virtualskill
virtualskill

@XNEXUS666X  Agreed. Hate how the more mappack downloads there are, the thinner the playerbase gets..

anvilone
anvilone moderator

@XNEXUS666X It also separates the core from the casual, which most core players will tell you is a good thing. That said, at a $25 price point for the season pass, I don't think price is going to be the deterrent. Like every major online MP, the player base will boil down not to the haves and have nots, but to the plays and play nots.

repetitious
repetitious

Lol man you're so pathetic spending this much time to hate on a game, its one thing saying it once, but multiple OPs in every TF article is really sad,

Time to get a life kid

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

Wow this is really good news.  I don't know if you heard but EA is going to charge $60 to fix BF4.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Still 20x better. And actually takes skill, too. You folks actually have aimbot pistols? Seriously? I'm curious

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@eternal_napalm  You'll note the number 4 in the title. Of course content and feature set wise Battlefield is better than Titanfall. Titanfall is the first entry in the series.


BF4 despite being the fourth entry in the series, was plagued by problems with online play. Titanfall actually worked from the get go.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Battlefield 4, even with its issues, is 20x the shooter TitanBot is :)

anvilone
anvilone moderator

@eternal_napalm "You folks actually have aimbot pistols? Seriously?" If you played the game, you'd be aware that the smart pistol requires more skill than the other weapons in the game, versus other players.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@eternal_napalm I should be, but it kinda lacks the element of 'fun'. Possibly due to horrible net codes and a multitude of bugs that never get fixed.

souljacker47
souljacker47

How about fixing the screen tearing? I can't believe this hasn't been fixed yet.

Kooken58
Kooken58

Sad, remember when the occasional new map use to be free? Or better yet when Online FPS's had Mod support?  They use the Source Engine, which is a grea engine when it comes to modding yet don't implement it. Game is way overpriced for how little it offers in comparison to other online FPS games out there.

deadpen
deadpen

Does the Season pass sound worth it now?

seanwil545
seanwil545

Well, they could offer Mod support and allow the community to create and distribute their own maps!?!? But let's be honest, there's no money in that approach for Respawn or EA.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@seanwil545 There is money in that approach but its EA we are talkign about here, they want to force as much people as possible to buy their product, they honestly don't care who sticks around or not. Look at games that do offer mods, they have a loyal community who sticks around and keeps the game healthy.  If the game had mod support, we could probably see people playing this game several years down the road. Instead, by the time Titanfall 2 comes out, the game will be a ghost town.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Exactly. It's all about sponging money for maps they probably slap together in one afternoon.