Titanfall closed alpha test begins [Update]
posted on 01.17.14 at 05:37 PM EST by (@salromano)
Play testers share new screenshots.

Titanfall

Alpha codes for Titanfall have been sent out to select Xbox One users who applied to receive an invitation yesterday.

There is a non-disclosure agreement for participants of the limited alpha test, but of course, that hasn’t stopped screenshots from appearing online.

An Flickr gallery containing 80 images of the alpha can be accessed here. Just in case, you can download a backup zip (20mb) here.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

Update: Gameplay has surfaced on YouTube. Watch it below before it’s removed. You can also download a backup zip (119mb) here.

  • Six

    Looks good. I hope to hear some impressions soon.

    • Wolf Star

      It’s COD with mechs… That’s about it :P that’s my first impression xD

      • Dick Mountainjoy

        You mean the studio that has literally only done Call of Duty games new FPS plays like CoD? Shocking!

        • Wolf Star

          I don’t know.. almost all FPS games plays like COD .. what’s the difference with this one? It has mechs..

          • Umar Jahangir

            Oh look, a FPS plays like a shooter. ._.

            Yes they have the same basic gameplay but the differences make them unique. Like Borderlands to Bioshock or Bulletstorm to Metro Last Light.

            • Budgiecat

              Gundam for Dreamcast and Mobile Ops didn’t play like CoD

            • Wolf Star

              I like Boarderlands and Bioshock :3

              • LordKaiser

                Same, they had a story at least.

          • Dick Mountainjoy

            Except games like say… Doom are different from CoD, which in turn both are way different from something like Classic Rainbow Six.

            Maybe all games today play like CoD, but that’s just creative bankruptcy.

            • Wolf Star

              few games are exceptional, and yeah I guess..

      • Mar Mar

        Aren’t they using the same font for COD? Especially the timer. And the UI too.

        Titans need a nerf.

  • Unretributed

    Alpha testing? On a game that’ll be out in like 2 months? That doesn’t sound very reassuring.

    • Eric Pena

      Agree im assuming the game will get a delay

      • bloodiOS

        Or simply gets a rushed release.

    • McPoo

      Are the devs themselves calling it alpha? I’ve seen it referred to as a Beta as well a few other terms as well, everyone seems to be calling it something different.

    • Mar Mar

      In 2 months. Maybe it will be postponed if they’re calling it Alpha.

  • DarthBrian

    Images got removed. :(

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Looks like someone got banned over at GAF for the images :p

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        I dug around for a little bit and found an alternative though. Go ahead and update the article with this link for the gallery instead, Sal.

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/48280274@N02/sets/72157639877355693/

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Done. Added a backup zip + video, too. Working on getting the video into a backup zip.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Glad you got to it when you did, lol.

            “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by EA.”

          • AdamBoy64

            Thank you for that.

      • DarthBrian

        gaf banned them or microsoft/ea? :p

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Maybe someone informed GAF to ban them :o

          Either way, not surprised. This is what happens when people don’t bother reading the ToS and NDA when participating in Alpha/Beta testing for a game, lol.

  • icecoffemix

    The part with the mech actually looks quite fun, too bad it’s online MP only. I’ll be enjoying it on my PC if it wasn’t.

    • Elvick

      I might be bummed it’s not on PS3/4 if it had some offline campaign. I just can’t get into online-only games, so it’s easy to not miss it. (though I could probably manage to play it on PC if I wanted to badly enough)

      • icecoffemix

        Titfall 2 and its sequel are probably gonna be on PS4 and depending on the first one reception it may even have offline campaign, so maybe not all is lost.

        Gonna wait a long time for that though.

        • Eric Pena

          Agree it within reason the next part will likely be on the ps4 since at the moment PlayStation seem like its going to have a bigger install base.

          • icecoffemix

            Titfall 2 is sort of confirmed for being multiplat including PS4, that is if MS doesn’t moneyhat EA to make it exclusive for console life again.

            I hope Respawn include clause in their agreement that would prevent this from happening again.

            • Eric Pena

              Doubt this time around i think mircosoft had an advantage from the start of the gen which helped them out in backdoor negotiating the right to titanfall. The developers thought that xbox 1 would be number 1 before e3 . Now it alot harder for that same deal with ps4 install base now growing at a faster rate . It harder when you in second place to get the same deals as first .How do you convince a developer that 4.2 million users should not be tap into. I tell you how more money but would mircosoft be willing to pay higher for a titanfall 2 if it doesn’t sell and while sony asking for the same game if it sell better then expected . At this moment we start seeing sony locking up more games if they can stay ahead 2 to 3 years sony will have more third party games only for ps4 games.

    • DesmaX

      Yeah, slap some shitty SP like Battlefield. That’ll make it worth it.

      • icecoffemix

        Yep, you’re not allowed to have anything but what I wanted.

        But hey it’s not like they’re missing me either if that mode never make it, so enjoy your online only MP shooter (and snark at anyone who disagree with you). :)

        • DesmaX

          Oh, I certaily will enjoy it (Maybe not on release… These EA games servers when the games are launched, also too many games in March)

          But seriously, SP in MP focused games are normally worthless, they just take resources that could be used for a better MP. Seriously, I honestly coudn’t stand playing BF3 SP for an hour

          • icecoffemix

            Well facts is there are people who bought the game for that, are they really that small enough for developers to not care? And does making SP really take away “resources”? I can’t say for sure, I’m not a game dev.

            • DesmaX

              Oh yeah, people do buy because of that, and I guess they do need some “cool set pieces” for the trailers. But that doesn’t mean they’re good.

              And, to answer that other question, “resources” are everything they have to make the game (Money, employees, you name it). To make a Single-Player mode, you still have to inject more money into the project, and move personnel (Or hire new ones) to work on it. Hell, the set pieces alone are quite expensive to make (Bet you could make another game with their budget).

              • icecoffemix

                Of course it need resource but does it “take it away”? I understand that resources is limited but there are surely equilibrium where pumping money into it within the scope of the project will not improve it any further and better left for sequel. Also will the MP become less “amazinger” if they make the SP?

                OTOH what other problem will they face if they don’t make it (maybe marketing : http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=750776) ? Will the public accept it? Why is the most successful shooters in the world still include SP campaign in it (however short or bad it is)?

                Those are rethoric question btw since I’m sure that no one can answer it with 100% certainty. Just something to contemplate, I’m actually rather interested how Titanfall will fare because of this.

                • DesmaX

                  If one thing, it does increase the development costs, which is getting kinda ridiculous these days. And, of course, it does get hard to market, like he said (I mean, making set-pieces sorely for the trailers is a common practice in the industry, not only in gaming).

                  I do believe that, in the end, it’s the same thing as slapping a shitty MP on a SP focused game (*cof cof* Tomb Raider). In the end, it’s something that I can’t see people buying said game because of it. But, if you like it that way, it’s cool, I won’t object.

                  And one thing that isn’t related, but I’d like to say, is when MP focused games forces you to play the SP to get new stuff (Like BF4, as you need to complete challenges in the SP to get weapons and dogtags for MP), which I personally hate

      • Luna Kazemaru

        you know this is a bad way to make a point right?

        • DesmaX

          Maybe it was

          I’m not having my best day

      • Eric Pena

        We see if you are saying the same thing when your game become useless when they shut down severs

        • DesmaX

          Titanfall has dedicated servers, on both platforms.

          • Eric Pena

            You do know dedicated servers can shut down. You do also know Titanfall dedicated server will be control by ea. This isnt a situation where clan or a third party can create a direct link with each. If the developer cannt afford the game sever or want to shut down the sever because part 2 coming they can.They can force you to buy part if they want to.

            • DesmaX

              Dedicated Servers will live as long as there’s a community for the game. And even if it needs EA control, it’s something that’s far less demanding than actual servers. Shutting down servers soon after the sequel releases would hurt the publisher reputation (I mean, people woudn’t buy a online only game that’ll only survive for 2 years).

              Even their sports game EA let’s 2 sequels be released before shutting down it’s servers, and it’s safe to assume that the community for these games move to the sequels as soon as they’re released (I know my dad is a huge PES fan, and he needs to buy the sequels every year)

              • Eric Pena

                I disagree with you on that if Titanfall sell under 500k and in all likely hood its possible with the huge releases in march if that really the launch date .Didicated servers cost more money to operate and mantain compare a normal sever which its is not use often in video games home entertainment systems. Think about it like this if Didicated servers were cheaper to operate Wouldn’t all developer be using it already

              • $18114340

                Realistically speaking, that’s not how dedicated server support works. They don’t all work the same way. EA tends to have a better track record with keeping their more popular games up (I think the servers for Battlefield 1942 are still up, actually, and that game is old), but it’s not out of the realm of reason that EA would shut down the master server, thereby killing access to any other dedicated server actually hosting the game.

                So don’t worry, Titanfall and Battlefield probably have an equal chance of shutting down and becoming completely useless… which is not going to happen, at least not for several years.

                The reason why sports games shut down is not only because they release yearly (and so it makes no sense from a financial standpoint to keep them up), but could also be due to licensing issues — all the people, stadiums, brands represented in-game are real, after all. Once the licenses expire EA risks legal action if they keep the servers up for those games. Titanfall and Battlefield aren’t like that, they are EA’s brands and EA’s alone.

                • Eric Pena

                  We cannt predict how a game going to do with there being bigger musts have coming out in the same time frame it that titanfall launch period is in . “mgs5 gz ” just to name one .

        • AdamBoy64

          Yeah, that’s the problem with all online features on consoles.

          I don’t consider any online features as actually being part of the game. Because chances are by the time I come to play it, they’ll have closed down the servers, rendering them useless.

          If they aren’t closed the first time I play it, they certainly will be when I want to play it again in a few years time.

          So yeah, it’s easier just to dismiss them.

          • Eric Pena

            The problem isnt a system problem but a game problem titanfall is an online only game . If the sever was ever taken down you lose the ability to ever be able to use that game. If im spending a full 60 dollars on that game i want to always be able to use that game.

  • McPoo

    I hope this is the new Shadowrun 360

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I’m sitting this one out. Plus i’m getting the feeling that FPS oversaturation is starting to take its toll.

    • $18114340

      only starting now?

  • FAQyoumate

    It’s like a mix of Hawken (mechs), BF3 (graphics) and Ghosts (dinamic multiplayer). Running, shooting, jumping on buildings. Looks great, but plays awful…Or it’s just my awful team