Smart Pistol will return in Titanfall 2, regardless of what you say

There are many Titanfall fans who want to be done with the Smart Pistol, but unfortunately, it's making a comeback in Titanfall 2.

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Sorry, Titanfall fans. The Smart Pistol isn’t going anywhere as it will make its return in Titanfall 2.

Titanfall 2 game director Steve Fukuda spoke with us during E3 last week to chat about changes his team will make to the sequel’s multiplayer game modes. While many original Titanfall players were hoping the plans for the Smart Pistol would be crushed by a giant mech, Fukuda reveals the controversial weapon will be making a return in Titanfall 2.

“We are going to be bringing back the Smart Pistol, but different,” he tells us during our interview. “[We know] that’s what received a lot of negative feedback, and we’ve been working on that to make sure that it is a more balanced experience for all players.”

Fukuda also mentions his team is taking all player feedback into consideration, although it appears not enough of us have been complaining about the Smart Pistol to warrant its removal. Hopefully its tweaks will cause it to feel less overpowered than other weapons in our soldier’s arsenal.

Check out our full interview with Steve Fukuda below, although if you're here to hear his comments on the Smart Pistol, you'll hear them nearly as soon as the video starts.

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    June 24, 2016 10:55 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Smart Pistol will return in Titanfall 2, regardless of what you say

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      June 24, 2016 11:42 AM

      I had two deal breakers for me not buying this game. One was keeping all of those stupid bots,and the other was the smart pistol.

      Seems like they haven't learned anything at all.

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      June 24, 2016 11:44 AM

      Whyyy

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      June 24, 2016 12:05 PM

      I still think it's a clickbait headline. *shrug*

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      June 24, 2016 12:07 PM

      I loved titanfall and I understand the limitations of some of the cheat mechanics that were in the game including the smart pistol. However it feels terrible to get killed by a weapon with auto aim even if it has severe limitations.

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        June 24, 2016 12:15 PM

        At the end of the day it's no different than an airstrike or helicopter or mothership or %killstreak% or rocket barrage or high noon or %ultimate%.

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          June 24, 2016 12:17 PM

          And I generally don't play games with those gimmicks.

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            June 24, 2016 12:34 PM

            That's fair! I love giant robots, so I generally play games with those.

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              June 24, 2016 12:36 PM

              It's the movement in titanfall that I like!

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                June 24, 2016 12:40 PM

                Titans losing so much durability and movement is making me wary. I still haven't watched FrothyOmen's 1+ hour long recap of the EA Play crunch.

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                  June 24, 2016 12:50 PM

                  I haven't paid much attention. That's funny because I didn't think titans were ROFL stomp powerful. I always thought they had really good balance with the pilots. It was one of the things that impressed me most about the game balance.

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                    June 24, 2016 1:13 PM

                    I felt the same. A good Titan could be countered by a good Pilot fairly evenly. I also liked that Titans had a decent amount of depth and complexity to their mechanics with overshield and dash management, tacticals, ordinances, and primaries.

                    We'll see. The first was good so I'll remain positive.

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          June 24, 2016 12:20 PM

          Sure it is. All of those other things are things you have to wait to get. You start with the smart pistol.

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            June 24, 2016 12:37 PM

            Which is a close range weapon in a game built to accommodate GIANT COMMUNIST ROBOTS. I only used the SP for Generation challenges or to farm bots in Attrition because literally all the other Pilot weapons were superior vs. other Pilots.

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          June 24, 2016 12:34 PM

          Stealthsuit + Smart Pistol + Hide behind counter/machinery/doorway niche + wait for someone to come in room and not see your cloak + hold down fire button. KILL CONFIRMED.

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            June 24, 2016 12:38 PM

            Nope! Holding down the fire button would shoot a SINGLE, NON-AUTOAIMED shot.

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              June 24, 2016 12:42 PM

              After the waiting part. I dunno; I didn't have the temperament to use such a weapon.

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            June 24, 2016 1:26 PM

            the frustrating thing about SP isn't getting sniped like that (that never really happens), it's when you pull off some sweet parkour moves that are too nimble for manual aiming but get blasted anyway

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              June 24, 2016 1:46 PM

              It happened to me enough (in the beta) that it is what I remember the game for.

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      June 24, 2016 12:11 PM

      this is good news. game will own

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        June 24, 2016 12:14 PM

        I have faith. At first blush I don't like the changes to Titans (no overshield, you can steal health-by-rodeo from enemy Titans to deliver to friendlies) but I'm still gonna preorder. TITANFALL was so, so good.

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          June 24, 2016 12:16 PM

          I think the rodeo thing sounds pretty clever and gives even more objective for people. But I am kinda a Titanfall fanboy, so there's that. Also, oh man thise guns sound so much better in that trailer and I am hyped about that too.

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            June 24, 2016 12:39 PM

            Something about the new reticles is making me O_o, but that one dude had the C.A.R. so that's making me HNNNGGGG!!

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              June 24, 2016 12:41 PM

              I don't know that I noticed the new reticle, I was so caught up in watching all the crazy antics. Now I will have to watch the trailer again when I get home!

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      June 24, 2016 12:32 PM

      Smart pistol was a big portion of what turned me away from the first game. So, enjoy!

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      June 24, 2016 1:06 PM

      I'm confident they'll get it right. It's a great gun against grunts. Maybe they'll restrict auto aim to those guys this time.

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      June 24, 2016 1:11 PM

      Smart pistol is probably the only reason I still occasionally play Titanfall.

      Having to use the US West/East matchmaking just to find players means my ping is hot garbage, but the smart pistol at least lets me compete.

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      June 24, 2016 1:18 PM

      Smart Pistol was totally fine in the first game and I bet it will be totally fine in the second game.

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      June 24, 2016 2:44 PM

      Never felt like the pistol was that big a deal really. Its really just new players using it. Much better weapons later on.

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      June 26, 2016 10:58 AM

      I think with the right changes the SP could be just fine. I was never a fan of it and generally used the R97 and CAR because SMGs seemed like the best fit for a game like this...but if they tweaked it a bit they could make it less annoying.