Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 will be launching an open multiplayer test this weekend.
Starting on August 19th and running until August 21st, anyone with an Xbox One or Playstation 4 will be able to download the Titanfall 2 open multiplayer tech test, free of charge. Another test is scheduled to run the weekend after, from August 26th until August 28th.
The first multiplayer test, starting August 19th, will include a brand-new game mode called Brand Hunt. In this 5v5 mode, players must use everything in their arsenal from pilot abilities to Titan’s to capture resources from waves of AI enemies.
The multiplayer test being run on August 26th will contain additional weapons and abilities, most notably the new game mode “Amped Hardpoint.” Amped Hardpoint is an entirely new mode introduced in Titanfall 2, which pits 12 players against each other to capture and objective. The twist? Defending a hardpoint allows the team to “Amp” it up to receive a double score. For a full breakdown of what you can expect to see, you can visit the game’s official website here.
Unfortunately, the test will only be available for consoles as the PC will not be receiving the multiplayer test. The reason for this is that there is a huge variety of hardware when it comes to traditional PC builds. With several different hardware configurations available, Respawn Entertainment have not been able to run through their hardware compatibility test as of yet. Respawn Entertainment’s Founder and CEO, Vince Zampella, states:
“Two big issues from a development standpoint: hardware variety & “min spec” optimization. We’re still making a lot of tweaks and changes to the renderer, the game, and effects so we haven’t run the game through the hardware compatibility lab yet to detect and handle a large variety of hardware – video cards, CPUs etc. Quite frankly, we aren’t ready to deal with that yet, we are still making the game better. We also haven’t done enough work to fully support our ‘Min Spec’ on PC yet.” He continues. “So, currently the PC game isn’t as easy to throw out for testing as the console is, because of the additional variables and configurations that we need to support. Also, because the single player story has some wonderful secrets that we really want to preserve for launch, we also have to worry about leaks. Our wonderfully curious PC players have proven in the past that they will dig out anything they can, and there’s a risk that they could spoil some of our single player.”
Titanfall 2 will be available on October 28th, 2016, for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.