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Game Description: IMC continue the fight for the Frontier in the IMC Rising Map Pack, the third DLC map pack for Titanfall. Despite gains made in earlier conflicts, the IMC must seek every advantage they can find, given that their reinforcements from the Core Systems are still years away. The IMC begin re-commissioning old secret installations to rekindle their shattered industrial military complex. In support of this objective, IMC security forces deploy to track down their own deserters and mutineers, before too many of the installations’ precise coordinates find their way into the hands of the Militia. Featuring three all new maps: Backwater, Zone 18 and Sandtrap.
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Frontier’s Edge, Titanfall’s second DLC pack, is now live for Xbox One. Find it on the Xbox Store, or select Store from the Titanfall main menu.
Releasing simultaneously with Frontier’s Edge today is Titanfall Game Update 5, which among other things, supplies Achievements for the new maps. Our friends at Respawn were kind enough to share those with us to pass along to you here:
|Haven Victor||Win a single match on Haven|
|Haven Connoisseur||Play every game mode on Haven|
|Executioner||Execute 2 Titans in a single match on Haven|
|Overkill||Kill 15 Titans while you have a Titan burn card active on Haven|
|Export Victor||Win a single match on Export|
|Export Connoisseur||Play every game mode on Export|
|It’s a Trap!||Kill an enemy with the trap on Export|
|Hidden export||Kill 25 enemies while cloaked in Export|
|Dig Site Victor||Win a single match on Dig Site|
|Dig Site Connoisseur||Play every game mode on Dig Site|
|Dirt Nap||Kill 12 pilots in a single match on Dig Site|
|Gravesite||Kill 50 Pilots in Dig Site|
See you on the Frontier’s Edge tonight…
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Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Delivering blistering fast, fluid combat that gives you the freedom to fight your way as elite, assault pilots or agile, heavily armored titans. Rethink fundamental combat and movement with new abilities to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation. Heart-pounding multiplayer action combined with dramatic, cinematic moments lets you enjoy the fiction and characters of the universe without having to leave your favorite game online multiplayer mode. Online multiplayer matches featuring both human/AI allies and enemies create an experience like none other.
While you’re waiting for midnight in your neck of the woods, why not join us live from SXSW in Austin? Both in-person or on Twitch, we’ll be celebrating Titanfall’s release from 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Watch right… here:
Here’s what to look for tonight: developer walkthroughs of new Titanfall maps, answering fan questions, and unveiling an amazing new collaboration in the Titanfall universe. We’ll also be holding Twitter contests throughout the stream, we’ll announce how to enter during the broadcast.
I’ll be hoisting the even along with GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, and Twitch’s Jon Carnage. Special guests include Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Joel Emslie, Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions and Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83,
Last week, we invited you to join us to celebrate the launch of Titanfall, and the response has been incredible. While more people have RSVP’d via Facebook than can even fit in the building, this will be a first come-first served event.
And here’s a way to become even… first-er:
Join us this Sunday, March 9th at 5pm for a casual meet-up at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain. The first 50 people to arrive at the store will be granted VIP access to Monday night’s launch party. Just line up in the designated area outside the store (but not before 4pm!)
We’ll also be playing games and raffling off prizes (including an Xbox One), so feel free to come on by even if you’re not looking to attend Monday’s launch party. We look forward to meeting you (and receiving your recommendations for good local BBQ).
See you Sunday!
Titanfall + SXSW = a party you won’t want to miss.
To celebrate the launch of “the most important game in years,” Xbox One will be hosting a launch celebration in Austin, Texas at SXSW on March 10, with special guests from Respawn Entertainment. Xbox Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi will be joined by Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella and community manager Abbie Heppe, along with fans, developers, and SXSW attendees.
Located at the Microsoft Studio at 323 Congress, the celebration (Facebook event page here) will kick off at 9pm, featuring exclusive opportunities to meet the developers behind Titanfall, cool giveaways, and of course, lots of Titanfall gameplay. A special performance by Childish Gambino, one of the most exciting young talents in music, mixing a unique blend of hip-hop genres, will cap the evening.
Attendance will be on a first come, first served basis – although we’re planning other ways for folks to get into the event – keep an eye on Twitter for more details on that.
If you won’t be in Austin, we don’t want you to miss the special celebration, and we’re building a special Twitch broadcast just for you. Tune in to our Twitch live stream at twitch.tv/xbox or on the Twitch Xbox app starting at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific) on March 10 for incredible gameplay action, special appearances from Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions, Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83, Xbox’s own Major Nelson, GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, Twitch’s Jon Carnage and many, many more.
Additionally, over 6,000 midnight openings will take place at retailers nationwide to celebrate the launch of Titanfall on March 11.
Titanfall is less than two weeks away, we hope you join us at the very beginning.
Today, we’re revealing a special offer to celebrate the launch of one of the most anticipated games of the new console generation, the Xbox One Titanfall Special Edition Bundle.
This bundle includes:
- Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor
- Standard Xbox One wireless controller
- Standard Xbox One Chat Headset
- Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall”
- One month Xbox Live Gold membership
The Xbox One Titanfall Special Edition Bundle will become available for at retail alongside the release of the Titanfall starting on March 11. Retail price is $499. It will be available in limited quantities in all markets where Xbox One is available.
For more about this special offer, including pre-order details, click here.
Recently, we asked you what you wanted to know about Titanfall. Literally hundreds of you contributed questions, many of them quite excellent. So we filtered out questions that we knew would be answered by other articles about the beta (for more on the beta, click here), then we sat down with Respawn Community Manager Abbie Heppe, who graciously provided detailed answers:
Michael Gulliver asked: What features, using the Xbox One, set Titanfall apart from other next gen games?
Abbie Heppe, Respawn: We’re one of the first games to really take advantage of the Xbox Live Cloud and to have dedicated servers across the world to provide a really consistent, awesome experience for gamers. That’s been amazing. Of course, we do some of our AI calculations in the cloud as well, and really, it powers our game.
We had a tremendous opportunity and the right timing to create something new right at the start of next gen, and to have the option to use Azure.
Adam Bankhurst asked: I am a huge fan of story-based games and tend to lose interest in multiplayer-only games after a short while. What will Titanfall offer to keep me coming back for more?
Respawn: We have a variety of classic modes, three which we’ve shown so far, there’s some that we haven’t talked about yet. That’s if you wanna hop in with your buddies, get into a quick match, skip the story elements of the game. With the campaign multiplayer, you’ll play once through as the IMC and once through as the Militia. Because it’s a multiplayer game, it’s always moving. It’ll start out with these scripted sequences, and there’ll be way more dialog and characters and way more context for the world than you would otherwise get in the classic modes, but it’s not a single-player game. It is still a multiplayer game with story elements woven in. So when we talk about the game having single player elements, one of the things we’re really talking about is the quality of what you’re seeing in multiplayer. It doesn’t get done a lot, because normally you’re saving the high-quality art, animation, everything like that for the single-player and scripted portions of the game. For us, we’re trying to get that attention to detail and those big, epic moments and that really cinematic stuff, but have it happen in multiplayer. So, doing things like having those cool animations where the Titans reach and grab you out of the air or slide through their legs or getting on their back and rodeo-ing them, all of these are part of the way that you’re going to weave that experience where you come out of that and you’re going to have your own story. That’s one of the consistent things when people play, they come out of it and say “so, I did this thing and then I did this other thing and then this cool thing happened!” That’s you building your own story within the story that we’re giving you context for.
ƦeνoƖυtioɳ asked: Are there plans for supporting competitive play in tournaments and such?
Respawn: That really hasn’t been our focus. Our focus has been to get a really solid foundation out. A game that is really fun, that will attract players, and keep them playing for a really long time. That said, we have a TON of interest from the e-sports community, and I know we’re not going to be shipping with all the features that they’re going to be wanting in the game, but we’re in our first iteration. A lot of the games that have developed good e-sports features and the competitive community are ones that multiple iterations to get that done and to build in those things. So while that couldn’t be a priority for us here, we’re definitely listening to all of the feedback. We’re interested in what competitive players think when the game ships, and it’s definitely something we’ll look into, but not something that’s been our primary focus.
Paul Rogozinski asked: Circle strafing is one of my biggest complaints in most Mech games, usually due to reduced maneuverability coupled with high defensive capabilities. Have there been any design decisions with the Titans themselves or environments that would push people away from just circling around each other and force them to use other tactics?
Respawn: The mode that we’re showing today, Last Titan Standing, will help you get an appreciation for the higher-level Titan tactics. Yeah, you can just run at people and swing your Titan fists and shoot off your shoulder rockets into them, but there’s a lot that you can do almost fighting game-style, spacing people out with quad rockets and using the electrified smoke to provide cover while you dodge behind a building and flank someone from the side. Especially with the three different kinds of Titans, it benefits different gameplay styles. The Strider is not going to be rushing in on anyone; it’s weak, it’s going to attack from a distance. The Ogre is definitely your rush-in-and-melee Titan, but if you’re up against a Strider and it moves a lot faster than you, you’re going to have to rely on a different tactic like trapping them or working with your teammates. It’s not about “I’m a big Titan and I’m going to smash my Titan fists into you!” Although that is awesome fun.
Kade asked: Can friendly team members be killed by calling in a Titan on top of them?
Respawn: Not friendly, but enemy for sure, and it is so embarrassing to get killed by Titanfall. You’ll see better players try to trap people. You’ll be like ‘why is he just hanging out right there?’ and you’ll realize he wants you to walk over there so he can drop a Titan on you. It is probably the most satisfying way to kill someone.
Robert Sparks asked: How many levels will it take to reach max in Titanfall, and will this game feature a prestige style system?
Respawn: You are definitely going to put in some time levelling, but we are going to leave that stuff for the players to figure out. We really like to strike a balance between a slow grind and a really rewarding levelling up system. We don’t want you to spend all your time hating that you have to complete some task. There are some [tasks to unlock things] in, but we try to make it so that it’s not overwhelming.
Wayne Mcd asked: Will Titanfall feature deep customization options? weapon attachments, Camos etc?
Respawn: There are attachments and unlocks that you’ll get as you progress through the game. Right now the customization is not visual, it’s your loadout and how you want to equip your character based on how you want to play. We do get the customization question a lot, and there are three different types of Titans with different looks, and different colors depending on which side you’re playing on. As far as pilots go, we have a male and female version of each one, so you’ll at least get a super-cool looking pilot that’s your own. The artists have had a lot of fun with the look of the pilots and those cool helmets – there’s some that we haven’t shown yet that are just super-cool looking. That’s the extent of visual customization, but as far as your loadout, sure, we totally want you to play your way with the stuff that helps you do the best that you can.
Rick Aguillon asked: Since there will be AI players. In the game modes you’ve created, will we be able to interact with them? Meaning, (securing points, flanking, suppressive fire, calling for backup, etc.) or will they calculate those decisions on their own?
Respawn: So the AI stuff is something that we’ve really been passionate about talking about, because it’s such an integral part of the game. AI can refer to four different things:
You have the Marvins, they are like the handyman of the universe. They’re not worth killing. They’re kind of sweet, and you’re kind of a jerk if you sit around shooting them. They’re there for some flavor.
Then you have Grunts. Grunts are your sort’ve standard military cohorts. You’ll see them rappelling in from helicopters, and they’ll assist you on the battlefield. They’re rushing into points. They follow the flow of battles. They can also help you find where there are enemy soldiers and enemy Titans. They’re not very dangerous – maybe if you had lost a lot damage and one of them hit you, yeah they could kill you.
Jeff Rubenstein, Xbox: I was killed by one.
Abbie Heppe, Respawn: Yeah, it happens. But in general, they’re there not only to help newer players feel like they’re accomplishing something and getting a bunch of kills, but they also provide the sort’ve humorous element to the world. They will talk to each other, they will melee each other, they will drag their buddies behind cover. They will be like ‘oh, there’s a Pilot coming through.’ ‘I don’t see what the big deal about Pilots is anyway.’ So you should eavesdrop on them, because it’s kind of funny.
But they’re human, and they don’t move like Pilots do, and you’re very much more powerful than they are, and they do make the world feel really alive. There’s some more high-level tactics: for example, if I’m going into a hardpoint, sometimes I’ll let the AI rush in first. I’ll wait for the guy who’s upstairs waiting there to hit them, see where he’s at and take him out myself because he thinks I’m one of the dudes running up. So they can be used to your advantage, even if you’re a stronger player.
Then there’s Spectres. Spectres are much tougher, much more dangerous. You can hack them to turn them to your side with the Data Knife. They’re way more powerful, way more deadly, and they also move differently. They can jump up multiple stories. So sometimes you’ll catch one out of the corner of your eye, you’ll think it’s a Pilot. They’re way more mobile and scarier.
The fourth AI is the Titan. When you’re not in the Titan, you can have it follow you around the map, you can guard where you are and it will fight other Titans for you. It will grunts for you, it will take out Pilots for you, and it’s really satisfying when you’re doing your own thing on the map, and you’re racking up kills because your Titan is doing really well.
So AI is really more than soldiers running around. It’s a really integral part of what Titanfall does.
Dan asked: How many pilots would need to stand on top of one another to equal the height of one Titan?
Let’s say they’re maybe 6 feet tall… three and a half, almost four. Let’s check with the collector’s edition. [Abbie gets up, and measures the CE Pilot figurine with the CE Titan model] Yeah, I’m going to stick with three and a half.
Thanks to all of you who sent in questions – due to the huge response, we’ll be sure to do this with more titles moving forward.
Winners of the Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controllers have already been contacted.
If you haven’t already, be sure to apply for the beta here!
With just under a month away from Titanfall, the stream of info on the game just went into overdrive. First, Xbox Wire met with Respawn to document the journey of Titanfall from the earliest days of the studio:
Then the team went hands-on with the upcoming beta to share what you should expect:
BTW, you *did* sign up for the beta, didn’t you?
Meanwhile, media who recently got their hands on Titanfall released their impressions today. Take a look at some pieces that delve into classes, game types, and what the game feel like in general. Some good reading here:
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession – Destructoid
In-Depth Hands-On with the Titanfall Beta for Xbox One – Attack of the Fanboy
We’ve got a positively immense amount of Titanfall coverage planned over the next 4 weeks, including deeper dives into the game’s features, and the all-important answers to your burning Titanfall questions. In the meantime, sign up for the beta, and we hope to see you out there this weekend!
BTW: You did pre-order Titanfall right?
Update: Are you craving a Titanfall ringtone/message notification for your device? I’ve got you covered here:
Oh, and it’ll be awesome.
So what else do you want to know? We’ll be seeing the fine folks of Respawn Entertainment this week, and we’d be happy to ask them… whatever you want us to ask them! Fire off a question in the comments below, and if we select your question to be asked, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a hot Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller.
PROTIP: We’ll be looking for interesting, nuanced questions; something a little more in depth than “How many ______ will be in the final game?” We’ll all find out details like that when they’re ready to announce them.
Thanks in advance, and we’ll post the answers as soon as we’re able to!