While many gamers are making their next-gen console pre-orders and purchases now, some are investing not in each console’s launch line-up but future releases. And although there are many exciting next-gen titles slated to release in 2014, one game — Titanfall — has a lot of people talking.
Even though early hands-off demos and gameplay trailers for Titanfall have sufficiently whet gamers’ appetites for a new breed of multiplayer shooter, the general consensus among the gaming press is that playing the game seals the deal. As a result, gamers are chomping at the bit for any opportunity to try out the game, either at a special event or in a beta test.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any news about a Titanfall event, but what we do have is a tease from developer Respawn Entertainment that an announcement is coming later today. What that announcement might be isn’t exactly clear, but the wording of the tweet — specifically the “Be the First to Fall into Titanfall” — leads us to believe it has something to do with a multiplayer beta.
— Titanfall (@Titanfallgame) October 21, 2013
Like Battlefield 4, and Destiny some time next year, it appears Titanfall will add its name to the list of next-gen titles opting for the ever-popular beta test.
While many gamers will look at betas as multiplayer demos, Titanfall appears to be a game that will benefit from a beta. One of Respawn’s chief concerns with the game is balancing the pilot combat against the titan combat, and a beta test will help the developer discover how truly balanced the options are. Thus far, it appears that both pilots and titans are formidable combat options, but we have only seen the game in a very contained environment.
If this is a beta test announcement, one also has to wonder how Respawn will choose who gets to participate. Bungie’s Destiny, for example, is offering beta access to those players who pre-order the game. It seems reasonable that Titanfall would do the same, but, with Electronic Arts and Microsoft hoping that Titanfall will be the next big thing in multiplayer shooters, it might be a wiser decision to go the Battlefield route: start with a selective open beta and then expand it to everyone a little later.
Whatever this announcement is, it should happen some time later today, at which time we will deliver you the full details.
Do you want to participate in a Titanfall beta if there is one? What about the game do you feel you need to go hands-on with to better understand?
Titanfall is slated to release in Spring 2014 for the PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Respawn – Twitter