Titanfall 2 Beta Not Coming to PC, Dates Teased

The studio actually only needs one platform to test server scaling.

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[UPDATE] Vince Zampella has now offered a tease for when the Titanfall 2 beta may begin.

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Titanfall 2's upcoming multiplayer beta will not be available on PC, Respawn Entertainment announced today. Instead, it will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In a blog post, Respawn co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella said the studio is holding the beta to test its servers and validate that they can scale as intended. The studio actually only needs one platform to test this "since our server backend is per-platform," Zampella said.

"More platforms can be a good sanity check, but we don't need to test them all to make sure we are on a good path for launch," Zampella said.

The Titanfall 2 beta, or "multiplayer tech test" as Respawn calls it, is skipping PC for two main reasons, including hardware variety and optimization for "min spec" machines.

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"We're still making a lot of tweaks and changes to the renderer, the game, and effects so we haven't run the game through the hardware compatibility lab yet to detect and handle a large variety of hardware--video cards, CPUs, etc.," Zampella explained. "Quite frankly, we aren't ready to deal with that yet, we are still making the game better."

On the subject of minimum-specification optimization, Zampella said Respawn has not done enough work to fully support Titanfall 2 on lower-spec rigs.

"So, currently the PC game isn't as easy to throw out for testing as the console is, because of the additional variables and configurations that we need to support," he said.

Zampella also explained that releasing the Titanfall 2 beta on PC might lead to some story secrets emerging from "wonderfully curious PC players." These users "have proven in the past that they will dig out anything they can, and there's a risk that they could spoil some of our single-player," he said.

The executive added that he understands this is a "big disappoint" for PC players, but remarked that he's sure the team at Respawn will "deliver a great PC experience for launch."

A start date for the Titanfall 2 beta has not been announced.

Titanfall 2 is scheduled to launch on October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Tomorrow during Gamescom, Respawn will broadcast a live multiplayer match featuring a number of gaming personalities.

For more on Titanfall 2, check out GameSpot's recent feature on the franchise-first single-player campaign.

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im skipping any games made by them.......dont want to test PC you wont sell games.......

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@smokerob79: lol you act like the PC is the major market and the console the small market. If anything, more homes have a console in them than a gaming PC. most everything involving media and entertainment can be done better on a console.

Streaming videos? Check!

Games and DLC? Check!

Web Browsing? Check!

Skype and Chat? Check!

So exactly why is the PC superior again? Oh that's right...pay more, brag about it. Gj

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@Gravity_Slave: "most everything involving media and entertainment can be done better on a console."

Can be done on console? Not nearly as much, but sure. Can be done better? You're either trolling, or extremely stupid. I'm leaning towards the former, since I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt and hope they're not actually this stupid. And for the record, the PC market surpassed the console market a couple years ago.

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Pretty poor spin attempt.

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Guess I'll play the Beta on Xbox One and if Titanfall 2 is legit, I'll get it on PC, along with Battlefield 1.

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@davillain-: if they dont care about PC players i would get it on console so you at least know it plays......im sick of games on PC running badly even with good hardware.......

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@7tizz: titan turd was not that game........hawken was 10 times better......but you cant get that on consoles.....

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@7tizz: You mean Overwatch? Or Uncharted 4? Oh, wait, I got it! Call of Duty!

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@Barighm:
--the game was ok
--the game-play strategy 'could be' exciting
--especially with a few friends
--and the bots were kinda a cool 'twist'(for a COD clone)
--but
--NO ONE was ever playing it
--i can not remember exactly how many modes there were
--but
--you couldnt even get the 'storyline' part done
--because no one was playing(and it was set up weird~youd end up having to 'go over' the story sections over and over without ever finishing the whole thing~if someone left~after a few minutes the story would reset)
--and then on top of that
--the servers wouldnt drop you into a game until EVERY player slot was full
--and then as i said
--of all the gamemodes
--people ONLY played one
--i tried my best with it for about 2 weeks(probably about 2-3 months after launch
--i sit there starting at unfinished lobbies more than anything

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Generic Mech Shooter 2 not getting beta on PC? Oh no.

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@derceto: There really aren't that many mech games out th ere.

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@Barighm: yes there is.....and if you have a PC one of the best ones is free.....its called hawken.....you cant get out of the mech so its great......

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Because PC player numbers of the first game dropped off a cliff after launch, because they didn't like another consolized bro shooter?

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@Thanatos2k: the console version still has a strong community. It's because the PC crowd is dwindling in numbers. Kinda hard to justify spending 3 times more on a game system that lasts half as long and barely looks better than a PS4.

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@Gravity_Slave: Yes, because real shooters exist on PC that play better, so PC players play those, not the mediocre consolized bro shooters that don't even have dedicated servers and force you to install Origin.

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@Thanatos2k: PC gamers are a sad folk for sure

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@kevb0ard: for once we agree on something. They sure do act like children

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@kevb0ard: Autism has arrived

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@BabeNewelll: Should have gone with "Autism Speaks" like that PSA campaign.

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@kevb0ard: How is it sad that we don't want another Bro shooter? There are better Shooters out there.

See Exhibit 1: Doom.

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@kevb0ard: no we just have better taste and we vote for our wallet for a good game not shovel into their asses and buy it

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@MetaMods: lmao "better taste"?..."vote with your wallet". Wow, your elitist douche baggery knows no bounds.

News flash snooty-mcSnootinstein. Just because you spend 2-3 times more on a platform that lasts half as long and barely looks better, doesn't mean you are better. But way to perpetuate the ignorant PC elitism.

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@Gravity_Slave: gj of winning immature of the week. calling someone douche baggery makes you proud? It's nothing to do with elitsit most people and I do know most PC gamers picks better taste at certain games. Good job of turning mature coversation into 14 years old name calling.......really really good job at it

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@kevb0ard: no we have better options for free......hawken cost nothing and is 10 times better.......its a mech game not a first person shooter......

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Keep this garbage to consoles , don't listen to few people on PC market, it will be ghost town in a week again.No overall just cancell game and stop making ones you SUCK AT DOING IT, zamprella started ruining gaming industry with MW2 5 hour campaign and lame maps and cut butchered content.

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@wexorian:

"garbage"

"ruining gaming industry"

Ah... Classic GameSpot community negativity, always trying to find something, anything to complain about. Many people enjoyed the original and are pretty excited for the sequel! More content will ensure the playerbase has a longer life, and those wanting a dedicated single-player Campaign will have that with T2.

I'd love to hear why Call of Duty / Titanfall is ruining the industry though. If anything, the popularity of CoD brought more people into the industry that would have otherwise not been here. Also, those games don't affect your enjoyment of games you enjoy!

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@jetset575: It ruins gaming industry, it's not only cod,titanfall,destiny,division,street fighter,evolve,no man's sky,etc 90% of games nowdays are cut content 80-100$+ games, that are filled with dlc and thousand bugs with overhyped false adverts everywhere , games that loose whole fun after 1 week "mostly", and most of them are MP games that should give players fun for a year or so. that's my problem that tendency started with COD games milking spree, with Activision doing that other companeis jumped on Milk train and ruined their franchises to death.

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@wexorian: Alright, you're going with the "what you pay vs. how long you play" argument and that's totally fair, but it's also subjective. You have to remember than many of those games you mentioned can last months on end for many people.

Even if it's MP only for a $60 game, if you spend at least two or three days worth of playtime, that could be considered well worth the money. It's really just comes down to your preferences, because many people spend a large amount of time playing the games you listed, and find them worth the price of entry and then some.

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@wexorian: aww someone's cookin in the pain kitchen...smells like freshly made salty tears to me!

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@wexorian: wht do you guys think... how old is this subject?

my bet is 12,

now it's your turn, younger or older?

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@kevb0ard: I'm betting he's an adult, sounds like uneducated WT to me.

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@kevb0ard: instead of make fun his age, how bout lets make fun of yours? lets guess your then......

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@kevb0ard: and how old are you? my father can beat your father

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@wexorian: Yes don't listen to the market that the game did really well on. *facepalm*

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@sbnewsom: it only did well after they dropped the price to 30 bucks after the first 4 months......do games that truly do well drop the price in the first 4 months???

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Hopefully the PC version download isn't 70% uncompressed audio like it was with the first game. What a dumb decision that was.

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@dominoodle: Dumb decision was to buy game overall.

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@wexorian: I got the deluxe edition for $20 and played over 20 hours. I had fun with it.

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@dominoodle: only 20 hours??? yeah great game.....NOT......

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@smokerob79:

It wasnt great, but for 20 bucks it was ok. Whoever paid more is a fool.

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@smokerob79: I have so many multiplayer shooters dude. I can't play all of them for hundreds of hours.

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So I signed up for the pc beta for nothing?

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@095610: and paid a lot more for nothing. You're on a roll

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@095610: Yeah , F EA,

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kinda weird beta isnt coming to PC since i played it on PC at E3 but with PS4 controller

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@senorbusyman: Yes, because playing a demo at E3 on a specific hardware configuration is the same thing as the potential to beta a game on a PC on an extremely specific but vastly different hardware configuration that is the pc audience. Dumb logic is dumb.

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I'll be so excited to play this when it goes on EA access!

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