Respawn: Open beta for Titanfall is "possible" before game's release

This past weekend, developer Respawn Entertainment started a limited closed alpha test of their highly anticipated first person shooter Titanfall for a select number of Xbox One owners. With the game itself due for launch in less than two months, many gamers have wondered if Respawn might offer an open beta for the game.

In a post on her Twitter account this weekend, Respawn's community manager Abbie Heppe offered an encouraging response on this topic to a fan:

Any open beta test would have to be launched very soon. Titanfall is due for release for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11th. In the meantime, a few people who have participated in the closed alpha test have decided to break the developer's NDA and post up their impressions, screenshots and gameplay footage taken from the early build. Titanfall's publisher Electronic Arts has been busy this weekend, asking that video sites remove the clips from the closed alpha test.

A developer at Respawn, Rayme Vinson, did confirm via Twitter that the textures in the Titanfall closed alpha test have been reduced to 25 percent of what their resolution will be like in the final game. In other words, any footage or images from the alpha test that people might see on the Internet are not even close to what the final shipping version will look like.

Source: Abbie Heppe on Twitter | Image via Respawn

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I was all for this game until I realized I need Origin.

Too bad to give up such an inspired title because I do not want another attack vector to my personal information.

deadonthefloor; Origin actually has LESS of my personal information than Valve does - and I have never purchased a game through either. How much do you trust Valve?

Also, notice that I have never purchased a game via either service - I use them for one reason - game-backup/restoration services. I purchase my games typically with old-fashioned cash, and via retail. I have bought one DLC via prepaid debit card, and though it redeems through Origin, I didn't buy it there. Therefore, you can provide the absolute bare minimum and be done with it - or are you one of those rare gamers that is single-player-and-offline-only?

PGHammer said,
..... or are you one of those rare gamers that is single-player-and-offline-only?

For the most part, single player. I got roped into a uPlay account after I bought AC3, and that is the only third party account system where I am a member.

Same here - even in SimCity (2013), I typically play in Sandbox mode - not straight MP. However, you can use Origin or Steam as straight game-backup services - which is not the case with uPlay. That is ALSO why, given a choice between uPlay and Origin (which is indeed the case with GRiD 2 or MGR ReVengeance), I'd choose to redeem via Origin - not uPlay.

Still, even the open-alpha footage was shockingly good (better than BF4's open beta); if the Titanfall open beta has even HALF the graphical goodness the released game will have (basically in line with the Crysis 2 AND Crysis 3 MP betas), it will do for "mech" games what MWO, Blacklight, and Hawken have all FAILED to do.

Hawken is okay - however, neither it or any other "mech" game so far, is really "stand-the-genre-on-its-ear" in the way that even the original MW was. (To be honest, tanks are a lot easier for most general gamers to grasp then mechs, apparently - look at how well World of Tanks has done; and you can't use the price excuse, since all the games I mentioned are F2P.)

Maybe instead of erroneously using the word "beta" they should just properly call it a "time limited demo"

Luc2k said,
I wonder if it will be as meaningless as BF4's open beta.

Given the grief they got over BF4 I doubt it'd release in such a sorry state, plus BF4 was rushed out to beat Call of Duty, I don't think Titanfall has the same problem. I doubt it'll be flawless though, EA rush out everything, just not as quickly as bf4 was.

McKay said,

Given the grief they got over BF4 I doubt it'd release in such a sorry state, plus BF4 was rushed out to beat Call of Duty, I don't think Titanfall has the same problem. I doubt it'll be flawless though, EA rush out everything, just not as quickly as bf4 was.


Way to be clueless. EA are just the publishers in this instance. They will deliver what they are given by Respawn. If the games broken, it's not going to be EA's fault this time.

Merson316 said,

Way to be clueless. EA are just the publishers in this instance. They will deliver what they are given by Respawn. If the games broken, it's not going to be EA's fault this time.

Clueless? EA are the Publisher, EA set the deadlines, EA are the cause of Devs having to rush games. EA were the ones who didn't give Bioware enough time for Mass Effect 3, EA are the ones who made them release Battlefield 4 unfinished.

They're funding them and there's surely a deadline attached to the contract. The "open beta" demo is also something typical for EA.