Titanfall restores CTF to PC by popular demand

Last week, Respawn removed Capture the Flag from the PC version of Titanfall. This did not go over well, so now they've put it back.

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Last week, Respawn removed Capture the Flag from Titanfall's PC version. The developer cited extremely long wait times, instead opting to leave the game mode available for Private Matches and playlists. This decision did not go over well with the game's PC fanbase, especially in the wake of the game's third update. So Respawn is taking a mulligan and putting CTF back into public playlists, along with some new updates.

After going into a lengthy explanation of how Titanfall's matchmaking system works, the developer has announced the conditional return of CTF. To address the problem of long wait times, the game will now widen matchmaking parameters after 5 minutes to search neighboring continents for players. The trade-off, however, will be a higher ping when connected to far-away players.

Respawn is also working to re-balance lobbies to help make the game a little more fair.

"We're going to start rebalancing teams during the lobby countdown if they're lopsided," the Respawn post added. "6v4 matches will balance to 5v5, and we'll shuffle players so that teams have even skill. The premise for our choice prior to this change was that we needed to account for parties that can’t be broken up. In other words, we needed to face the worst problem head on, and we’ll continue to find more ways to balance these lobbies and do better for the lobbies that don’t have the party problem. It turns out a majority of teams will have a party of 2 players and less than 5% of teams are a party of 6."

The matchmaking updates are set to arrive on both PC and Xbox One today.

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    May 23, 2014 11:45 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Titanfall restores CTF to PC by popular demand.

    Last week, Respawn removed Capture the Flag from the PC version of Titanfall. This did not go over well, so now they've put it back.

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      May 23, 2014 12:07 PM

      Wait....CTF wasn't removed. I was playing CTF on the new expansion maps...

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        May 23, 2014 12:09 PM

        On PC?

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          May 23, 2014 12:19 PM

          It was still in the variety pack rotation, the CTF only playlist was removed because it was nearly impossible to find a game. They removed a few hours after making a change that might have brought more players back, though.

          Will be interesting to see how long before it's dead again with the small playerbase on PC.

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        May 23, 2014 1:29 PM

        It was only removed on PC and as it's own playlist. It still existed as an option in private matches and was one of the modes that still came up in the Variety Pack playlist.

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      May 23, 2014 12:09 PM

      Well, I really appreciate them taking the time to explain all of that in the blog post and try out different options to get the players what they want. It's an interesting look into how the game is doing on PC, too.

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      May 23, 2014 12:54 PM

      Remove LAN and public dedis and that's what you get. The developer can do whatever they want.

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      May 23, 2014 1:33 PM

      I really like it when Dev studios spend time to communicate with their players openly. Yeah, they get a lot of hate mail for sure, but I appreciate the communication even if I don't always agree with the balancing/game play decisions.

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        May 23, 2014 7:05 PM

        They only responded as a result of the uproar it caused. If you go to Repawn's Titanfall forum you'd see that things there were starting to get ugly. It's bad enough that they still haven't fixed SLI, but the mini map and HUD is still missing in Nvidia Surround.

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      May 23, 2014 8:34 PM

      horray! My favorite mode is back.

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