For Electronic Arts, video game releases don’t get more high-profile than the upcoming Titanfall 2 release for Xbox One, PS4 and PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Titanfall 2 is a follow-up to a first-person shooter team that’s regarded as some of the best there is. Respawn Entertainment’s executives formed the company after founding Activision studio Infinity Ward and creating the Call of Duty franchise. Electronic Arts hopes that Titanfall 2 will succeed where the original game failed by offering more character customization, more Titan classes and better visuals. There’s also some new behind-the-scenes infrastructure for the game. That’s where the Titanfall 2 Beta release comes in.
The Titanfall 2 Beta release will allow Respawn Entertainment to do as much as it can to ensure the game’s successful launch this coming October.
Titanfall 2 Beta Release Confirmed
Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment confirmed there was a Titanfall 2 Beta release coming on June 12th. The confirmation came during EA Play, an event that Electronic Arts used to reveal upcoming releases for the 2016 calendar year and beyond. Titanfall 2 launches on October 28th.
When the Titanfall 2 Beta release will arrive exactly is unclear because neither the publisher nor developer confirmed a calendar day. Instead, the two stuck to a general overview. The game will have beta for players to test the its online systems ahead of release.
Why Respawn is Holding a Titanfall 2 Beta Release
We don’t have the exact date of the Titanfall 2 beta release. That being said, we do know why Respawn is holding one for the game. A new blog post on the game’s forum reveals more about what Respawn is calling the Titanfall 2 Technical Test and why it’s necessary.
“There is a certain class of bugs that only show themselves once you have massive numbers of people playing together, and we hate those kind of bugs because they can ruin a game launch. So, let’s try to find those bugs as early as possible,” company representatives say in that blog post. The original Titanfall was an Xbox console exclusive. On top of that, the game had full access to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Compute technology. Respawn used that cloud processing power to run the game’s Titan artificial intelligence so that players could be outside of their giant robot and still control it. Matchmaking, the system that connects gamers in one place to other gamers that also want to play, used this technology too.
Titanfall 2, apparently, doesn’t use Xbox Live Cloud Compute or Microsoft Azure for matchmaking . “We are using a brand new system for running our massive army of dedicated servers all over the world,” the studio says. To break in these systems, Respawn needs help from the wider community.
The studio says that it’s designed simulations that test the game’s back-end mechanics, but no simulation would be able to match a bunch of real-life users pushing its systems to the breaking point. The team would rather find issues with the game’s infrastructure ahead of launch.
How You Might Get into the Titanfall 2 Beta Release
Respawn nor Electronic Arts have confirmed exactly how users will get into the Titanfall 2 beta release. That being said, there are some hints in that same blog post detailing why a test of the game’s systems are necessary.
“We need as many players as possible in the multiplayer tech test to make sure we can deliver as smooth a launch experience as possible,” the studio says. This is completely speculation on our part, but getting the amount of users testing the game that the studio clearly wants to do will require a more open take on a Titanfall 2 Beta release. Some game developers like to use multiplayer betas as a way to entice customers into purchasing their game ahead of release. This usually works, but doesn’t get them as many users as they would have if there was an open beta release that anyone could download and participate in.
Look for the Titanfall 2 Beta to be an open beta release, with a possible early release window for those that have placed pre-orders. An open beta seems like the only way the Titanfall 2 Beta release could get the amount of users it would need to be incredibly effective for Respawn and Electronic Arts.
With Titanfall 2 announcements now mostly over for Electronic Arts, look for the publisher to announce more details about the Titanfall 2 Beta closer to the game’s launch in the fall. Titanfall 2 is expected to be a huge launch for Respawn and EA. Pre-orders for the game kicked off after the EA Play briefing concluded.
The game starts at $59.99 for those with an Xbox One, PS4 or Windows PC. Xbox One and PS4 owners can also pick up Titanfall 2 Vanguard Edition for $249.99. It comes with its own helmet, flash drive and more.