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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Don't worry master race...us peasants will let you know how it is ;)

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My most anticipated shooter. Can't wait try to the beta.

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BETA is what sold me on the first game in the first place;

Not being able to try this game out is a huge disappointment. Why would I want to play a fast paced online shooter like this on console ?

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No beta no buy , cheerio !

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No demo, no buy.

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Don't worry "master race"...us console "peasants" will let you know how it is ;)

Btw...Red Dead Redemption is STILL good on Xbone. Maybe one day. But I love how the snooty PC crowd acts. If it was announced it was PC only, you dbags would be bragging and pounding your flabby chests in victory.

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@Gravity_Slave:

Based on how fast the first game died on PC, its pretty clear PC gamers in general have no interest in the series.

XBOs will probably be on sale for $199 this Black Friday, so those handful of PC gamers can just snap one up.

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@Gravity_Slave: Why are you adding "? You are peasants.

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Hope this is better than the first. The first was so shallow.

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Ps4 all the way and just think a year ago I was going to downgrade my Ps4 to buy a xbone. Wow so glad I didn't have to go that route

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@calstatebadboy: don't know why people knock the X1. It's not a bad system. It's yet to be hacked like Sony's network. It may not be as powerful but it's a work horse and carved a solid base of its own in the gaming industry. Sales last quarter for PS4 were lower than the X1...just sayin

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@calstatebadboy: Fanboys are the worst.

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The first game was EXCELLENT after a few patches -- perfectly balanced Parkour action versus lumbering Titan destruction... A counter for EVERYTHING on the field, once you learned how all the gear worked together (& against).

If anything, I'm a little concerned that "too much kit" will throw off the core gameplay -- but only time & testing will tell.

RE: HAWKEN posts below -- As a Hawken player (and a player of ALL mech games going back to FASA on a table), it is HILARIOUS to read the idiots below that never played either TF or Hawken (or worse, only one of them), yet feel the urge to post about both. If you haven't spent at least 10 full hours in BOTH, just don't bother posting about "comparisons." Completely unrelated, other than mech themes & MP FPS themes. TF wouldn't work with heat management any more than Hawken would with pilots on the field.

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Man I can't wait to play the beta.

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I think he meant to say "it bombed on pc so were only releasing the beta for consoles" lol. If anything though, i blame its pc faliure on origin.

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@jonnybrownieboy: No, the only reason PC isn't getting the beta is because of morons who data mine and leak stuff. Its been confirmed...

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@se7en1989:

Yes because titanfall has such a "large" and "dedicated" audience its imperative that they make sure that no details get leaked.

Cmon, even if that were true, who would data mine such an unimportant game and who would even care if they did?

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@jonnybrownieboy: Dude its already been confirmed, thats exactly what Respawn said followed by another excuse that probably wasn't true. They don't want anything in the single player campaign being leaked and ruined so they dont want the pc community anywhere near they're game till launch. Matter of fact here you go if you dont believe me: http://kotaku.com/titanfall-2s-beta-is-skipping-pc-1785319520

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@se7en1989: you do know kotaku makes a lot of fake articles since 2008? oh yeah nevermind internet hasn't introudce to you at that time

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@MetaMods: Okay then just go to Titanfall's web page and it says it right there, nice try though...

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@se7en1989: why you want me go resapwn's web page? why didn't you link like you did from kotaku? I went to the page and it has zero info of what you just said.........nice try thought.....

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@MetaMods: Well maybe if you had actually read the article on kotaku you would have got the link yourself but here you go http://www.titanfall.com/en_us/news/tech-test-note/ Salty much? ;) oh yea....Nice try.

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@se7en1989: well i did see it now and no i am not going read kotaku news since they used to post fautly news. And you can link it but instead you don't want to. What they said still dont make any sense, most time multiplayer games exe file are running separate from single player.

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I wouldn't bother either, the last game was DOA on PC after a few weeks from what I heard.

Watered Down Miller Lite shooter.

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Having both PC/XO this doesn't bother me, I beta tested the first Titanfall on XO. I still play it every now and then when I get a temporary ban from Halo 5 for quitting a nerf bullet server. It should only be played on PC/XO as that sony controller is trash for FPS.

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So excited for this beta! Finally get to try Titanfall for myself to see what's up. The game looks phenomenal.

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He is leaving PC out of the beta, because the PC players abandoned the game so quickly after launch. There is still a decent population on XB1 to get into a match of most game types. (at least when I play , which is on the weekends. ) The months that followed TF's launch there were quite a few PC gamers that commented here how the game was dead, yet it was doing quite well on console. So no surprise here.

I'm sure there is a lot of truth to this too- "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."

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@spartanx169x: TF dead on PC - oh really? Just logged in and 404 ppl are playing this game online ATM (01:23 GTM+1). Its not much but enough to get a TDM match in under a min which is much batter than e.g. the new DOOM game which takes forever ot find players even in TDM.


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@SHOGUN_YAMATO: Dude 404 people is not enough to keep a server online. They will shut those servers down very soon.

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@SHOGUN_YAMATO: So it's dead.

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The executive added that he understands this is a "big disappointment" for PC players.

Stop putting untrue words in our mouths.

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If there is any truth to that then fair play , but probably a load of shit , probably scared of Overwatch and Battlefield 1.

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Well according to Zampella the pc version isn't ready yet, which is kind of disturbing considering the game comes out in not to long, he also said its not a beta.

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and then they'll wonder why the game is dead on PC

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@Tiwill44: or more PC gamers are deciding against building another thousand dollar money pit and getting an affordable console for virtually the same experience (better imo)

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@Gravity_Slave: Virtually the same experience? Um... assuming the port is decent:

PC = rock solid 120fps + custom video settings + precise mouse aim + free online

Console = jumpy 30-60fps + no video settings + unprecise joystick aim + paid online

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@Tiwill44: Because they didn't get to beta test a game? LoL PC masterace...

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@xcrimsonxsynx: A "beta test" these days is just a demo, for marketing purposes. They have them so that people can try the game out themselves and if they like it, then they can buy it and tell their friends about it. Every multiplayer game these days has a beta before launch for this very reason.

Not having a beta means that everyone buying the game on PC will be taking a leap of faith, hoping the game will be good. Not many people are willing to do that, especially for a game as generic as Titanfall.

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@Tiwill44:

Please point me to a game on PC which combines infantry, mechs, extreme vertical freedom of movement. The only generic thing in TF is the basic shooting mechanics. Other stuff is definitely not.

And this game is not dead. Some modes are but getting a game in TDM, Horde or Campaign modes is not a problem. Compared to other games with multiplayer components that no one plays, this game is far from being dead.

I would get two copies of the game at launch (my wife also plays it with me, loves it) but gonna wait for a new years sale.

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@SHOGUN_YAMATO: Well, modern CoD games have jetpacks, wallrunning and the new one is gonna have grappling hooks, so verticality isn't unique to Titanfall. If the shooting mechanics are also generic, then shooting with a mech isn't really gonna make it any less generic. Also, style-wise, it isn't exactly bursting with charm and personality either.

Basically, this overall genre has been saturated for a while now, and with no beta, people aren't gonna be able to see how this game stands out from the rest (if it does).

Also, sorry if it wasn't clear, but in my original comment I was talking specifically about Titanfall 2. I wasn't implying that Titanfall 1 was dead.

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@Tiwill44: Even Evolve has that kind of free floaty movement. (And Tribes, which has been around for decades)

Really, Titanfall isn't breaking any ground.

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@7tizz: Uncharted is a third person shooter with a story. 7tizz logic crashes and burns again.

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@7tizz: Ah, post destroys him, so he immediately backtracks to something else he's completely wrong about. The best part is I bet you didn't even know what Tribes is and had to look it up.

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After No Man's Sky debacle, anyone who does this is basically saying "We cannot be arsed to give a decent PC Port, so we will only Beta Test on Consoles." So I am staying the **** away from this.

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Smells like another average made shooter if they decided this way.

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@infiniin: there are lots of games that aren't average (better than) that never made it to PC...your logic is flawed

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