Alien monsters or monstrous Mechs, it’s ‘pick your poison’ where the next generation of sci-fi shooters is concerned. In the one corner we have Titanfall, weighing in at trim 3 billion tons, and boasting a hype man in Microsoft worthy of its outstanding talent.

Debuting March 11, 2014 this robotic wrecking ball has yet to endure its date with Destiny, Bungie’s latest, potentially greatest multi-platform prospect.  Set for release in September, the title, like its challenger must first enter a prolonged period of training, a Beta testing phase intended to trim off unnecessary fat.

Unfortunately, neither side has been particularly forthcoming where a start date is concerned. That is, until today, when both Bungie and Titanfall‘s Respawn Entertainment unveiled new information regarding the massively multiplayer Betas. Writing on its Twitter wall, the team at Respawn informed fans that further info would be available as soon as next week. Destiny publishers Activision, also took a significant step by cementing its Beta date as Summer 2014.

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While Destiny‘s Beta test process appears rather straightforward — with pre-orders theoretically guaranteeing a place – Respawn continues to confuse its fans with a series of unclear info drops. The studio’s community manager Abbie Heppe has already taken to Twitter to assure gamers of the extensive scale of Titanfall testing, stating “all you hardcore fans should not have a problem getting in.” The tweet led many players to infer that pre-orders will indeed lock-down a testing spot, though Heppe never clearly states that as fact.

Adding to the uncertainty, company co-founder Vince Zampella also weighed in to the situation, telling Titanfollowers that Respawn may not be able to guarantee Beta codes with all pre-orders. With so much riding on the success of both titles, it’s surprising to find just how disorganized Respawn appears alongside old campaigners Bungie. Destiny may have a ways to go until its grand debut in September, but the ex-Halo studio is already offering fans a set of clear-cut guidelines, as well as a reasonable time-frame for play.

What do you make of Respawn’s lax attitude to Beta play? Which sci-fi shooter has you the more excited? Can science fiction supplant the modern-day shooter as top dog of the FPS scene? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest Sony and Microsoft news, right here on Game Rant.

Titanfall arrives on March 11, 2014 for Xbox One and PC platforms. The game’s Xbox 360 port was recently delayed to March 25. Microsoft has yet to confirm the role of pre-orders in Titanfall’s Beta test selection.

Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles. Players are required to pre-order the title in order to take part in the game’s Beta testing phase.


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Source: Respawn, CVG, Abbie Heppe