It’s hard not to enjoy Titanfall on some level. Although it’s not exactly a revolution in the world of multiplayer shooters, it’s an incredibly enjoyable game, and it made our list of the Top Five Games of 2014…So Far. What’s more, there’s still the upcoming DLC pack of Frontier’s Edge, which is scheduled for release on July 31.
One of the most important factors in the success of Titanfall is the attentiveness of Respawn Entertainment. There have been four major updates to the PC and Xbox One shooter so far, with Respawn going so far as to remove unpopular game modes and replace them with new content. Now, players can welcome another update with an interesting way to change how Titanfall works.
Titanfall will be getting a fifth update alongside the release of the Frontier’s Edge DLC. The most important part of the update is the addition of The Black Market, and with it an in-game currency. The Black Market will unlock for players at level eleven, and can be used to buy items like Burn Card booster packs and Titan Insignia.
Gamers will be able to purchase Burn Card booster packs, which will give players random cards, granting players with amped Titan weapons and abilities. The booster packs are not entirely random, though — players will be able to hazard a guess at what cards they will receive, as they’re grouped by theme. As well as that, there will be additional Titan Insignia to purchase, which will then become available on the Titan Custom Loadout screen. All items will be purchasable using the new in-game currency of Credits.
But just how do users earn Credits, exactly? Players can gain Credits through winning and completing matches, as well as selling unwanted Burn Cards. Credits will also be earned through completing daily challenges, and when a player reaches level 50, a percentage of their XP will also be converted into Credits.
Although the addition of an in-game currency and marketplace may raise concerns over the eventual addition of microtransactions to Titanfall, fans shouldn’t worry. Respawn Entertainment still see Titanfall as a microtransaction-free title, and will not let gamers pay real-world money for an edge in-game. “We have stated several times that Titanfall will not have micro-transactions,” said designer David Shaver. “Fear not, for we plan to keep that promise — NO MICROTRANSACTIONS! The only way to get Credits is by playing the game.”
Respawn Entertainment have also stated that this is not the end of what they plan to do with The Black Market. Although they cannot say what they are at this time, it’s a nice little change to how Titanfall works. Let’s wait and see exactly what else they have planned.