Xbox One owners can register for Titanfall alpha

Xbox One owners will not only be able to purchase a limited edition Titanfall controller, but today it was revealed that a select few will be picked to participate in an alpha test for the highly anticipated first person shooter.

Emails were sent out by developer Respawn Entertainment to some gamers, according to this NeoGAF message board post. The emails were thankfully not a phishing scam but rather provided a link to the official Titanfall website, where people with an active account to Electronic Arts'  Origin service can sign up to be considered for the Titanfall alpha test.

This early build will apparently be for Xbox One owners only (Titanfall will also be released for the Xbox 360 and PC). So far, there's no word on how many people will be picked for the alpha test nor are there any gameplay details.

The full version of Titanfall, which will be released on March 11th, will be a multiplayer online only game as gamers take control of "pilots" on foot that can also get inside 25-foot tall mech-like machines called Titans. Respawn Entertainment will support up to 12 players in a match but will also throw in some elements like AI-controlled characters and chatter that are normally found in single player games.

Did you see the invite and delete it? If so, check your trash can and see if it's still available!

Source: Titafall website via NeoGAF | Image via Respawn Entertainment

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It's sad this is on 360 as well. The hardware will be holding it back which is always the case with cross platform games like this, no exceptions. At the end of the day the maps, A.I, and everything have been designed to run on ancient hardware. They can add things on the PC and XB1 versions, make it more shiny, but it's just a pig with lipstick when it comes down to it.

Xbox one getting preferences? Sounds like the devs making the cardinal sin of pandering to consoles (aka compromising everywhere)

Perhaps you can also think of it as testing the newest systems? PC is a known dev environment that has been around forever. Xbox One is brand new and is full of unknowns. Hence its better to test on the unknown environment to find last minute issues that you may not have been aware of.

Hopefully I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about this game... Too much forced hype, it feels as something is wrong... I'll wait for the reviews before I commit.

well. better getting alpha testers here than the alpha testers later with release like on BF4.
Guess they call it alpha since it is full of bugs as well

W....T....H? It's being released in 2 months and they are only at the alpha stage? It should be at the Beta stage at least, if not near completion.

These alphas/betas are demos with a different name and more marketing hype. They have been for years. They will claim its to help develop netcode and balancing etc but those issues will still be there in the full game, it's merely marketing hype (making people feel special getting selected for early access, excuse to promise exclusive ingame content/badges/ribbons/etc) and nothing else.

Actually these types of trials close to launch are usually used to determine server capacity needs and networking performance. Its impossible to replicate real-world scenarios perfectly in a test environment, so this allows the team to see how the servers react to real-world load and make adjustments before the retail launch.

Alpha? This game releases in less than than two months. It SHOULD be close to complete. At the very least it should be mature enough for beta status. I wonder if we're going to get another pile of garbage that is/was BF4 come March 11th.

spacer said,
Alpha? This game releases in less than than two months. It SHOULD be close to complete. At the very least it should be mature enough for beta status. I wonder if we're going to get another pile of garbage that is/was BF4 come March 11th.

Agreed. Also, iiiick, who would want to play a real alpha? Betas can suck bad enough as-is

spacer said,
Alpha? This game releases in less than than two months. It SHOULD be close to complete. At the very least it should be mature enough for beta status. I wonder if we're going to get another pile of garbage that is/was BF4 come March 11th.

I guess instead of employing and paying a group of professional testers, EA would rather have all of us do it for free.

spacer said,
Alpha? This game releases in less than than two months.

It's the first closed test. These are usually defined as Alpha. If they do an open test, then it will be branded as the Beta. It's just wording so people don't go in expecting a finished, polished product.

That's my point though. It's close enough to the release date that people should be expecting a finished product. Or one that is pretty darn close to finished.

Alpha is the new beta, and beta is the quality people are "okay with" at release, seeing as we now throw our money at incomplete games and even games that haven't started development yet! (see Kickstarter)

huh? It's a closed alpha testing. Why would people be expecting a finished product?

I am sure they are far beyond alpha by now but this testing could just be using an old stable demo build to test the servers?

timster said,

I guess instead of employing and paying a group of professional testers, EA would rather have all of us do it for free.


They probably have those too, but over the years I've become utterly convinced the best way to find game imbalances, exploits, etc., is to turn real players loose on the game. Its like distributed computing, with each one (generally) looking to optimize, min/max, and ultimately break the game in their favor. I don't care how big the studio is, but they simply can't compete with tens of thousands of power gamers when it comes to putting theory to the test.

timster said,

I guess instead of employing and paying a group of professional testers, EA would rather have all of us do it for free.

Having players test it means they can get info far beyond any test environment they could dream of.

Merson316 said,

It's the first closed test. These are usually defined as Alpha. If they do an open test, then it will be branded as the Beta. It's just wording so people don't go in expecting a finished, polished product.

What? LOL

I've been beta testing games for a long time. Probably loner than most people here on Neowin have even been playing games, and this is the first time I've heard of the first stage of closed testing being alpha. Maybe the first closed internal test, but not the first closed public test.

GollyJeeWizz said,

What? LOL

I've been beta testing games for a long time. Probably loner than most people here on Neowin have even been playing games, and this is the first time I've heard of the first stage of closed testing being alpha. Maybe the first closed internal test, but not the first closed public test.


BF3, MOH:W & BF4 all followed the same path. It's an EA thing. I would know as I was invited to the closed alpha for all of the above games. Perhaps such a decorated and well established tester such as yourself was not invited to these NDA agreed tests.

1st test with public involvement = Closed Alpha
2nd test with public involvement = Open Beta

The difference this time with TitanFall is that the news surrounding the alpha has been larger as they have actively asked for people interested in the game to apply. While the other games have invited those based off previous exposure to the series.