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Titanfall 2's second beta begins tomorrow, August 26, for Xbox One and PS4 players

The beta runs through August 28, though no concrete ending time has been announced. 


EA's betas for Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 have at least one thing in common: EA knows when each will begin, but hasn't disclosed when they'll come to a close. While Battlefield 1's open beta kicks off on August 31, Xbox One and PS4 players interested in piloting new and improved mechs can prepare for liftoff tomorrow, August 26 (via GameSpot).

Specifically, the Titanfall 2 beta begins tomorrow at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern and runs through sometime on Sunday, August 28. As this will be the game's second beta test, Respawn plans to roll out another map, Forward Base Kodai; and another game mode, Amped Handpoint, a 6v6 contest.

Additionally, players will get a higher level cap so they can unlock and experiment with more items.

Titanfall 2's second "weekend tech test" won't be available on PC. The reason, Respawn explained in a blog post, has to do with the countless arrays of hardware configurations and the impossibility of accounting for them during beta phases. "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. 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."

Respawn garnered lots of feedback from the first beta, and tweaked close-range firefights to make them less chaotic, as well as technical details such as changes to serve infrastructure.

Both entries in Titanfall and Battlefield comprise EA's holiday centerpiece for this season. Battlefield 1 releases on October 21, with Titanfall 2 follow a week later on October 28. Both games will launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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    August 25, 2016 1:59 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Titanfall 2's second beta begins tomorrow, August 26, for Xbox One and PS4 players

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      August 25, 2016 2:24 PM

      That excuse for not doing a PC beta is kind of why most other games have betas, to get feedback and fix whatever issues that pop up on a wide variety of configurations. It's bullshit.

      Later in that same blog post they mention being scared people will data-mine the files and spoil some single player junk. That's still not a good reason to withhold a test on the platform that needs it the most.


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        August 25, 2016 2:33 PM

        If that stats site is correct, the MP player count on EA shooters is dramatically higher on consoles vis a vis PC. but I have no idea how accurate that is.

        maybe that's why?

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          August 25, 2016 2:36 PM

          That's true for every multiplatform game. Still not a good reason to ship a busted PC game and do the beta testing after launch.

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        August 25, 2016 2:33 PM

        Yeah, with the track record of cross platform releases lately, it seems like the PC needs the beta more than anything.

        I'm not optimistic that this is going to be a great PC port.

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          August 25, 2016 2:56 PM

          They're still a month or two from release, perhaps they'll wise up and do a real PC test later?

          Hard to give them the benefit of the doubt when they're actually worried about dumb things like data-mining from this one and give that as part of the response as to why they skipped PC. And when they first say the test was for stressing the mp backend yet go and rebalance so much stuff based on brief exposure with console only players.

          It seems to me like they're releasing a PC version out of some sort of obligation, not because they want to, but I also don't blame them for ignoring PC because the console sales will be exponentially higher. Epecially when shipping PS4 this time as well. Said it yesterday but I have no confidence that it will end up in a good state on PC.

          At first I thought it was a bad decision to lump BF1 and this so close together, but now BF1 is looking kind of better to me. Although hard to get excited about that with how awful and buggy those games can be at launch. At least know what Frostbite is capable of in their hands. It will probably sound good, look good, and perform decently. And at least they're holding a beta on PC in a few days.

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        August 25, 2016 2:36 PM

        Well, if the PC version is filled with bugs, we know why!

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        August 25, 2016 2:52 PM

        It's a huge red flag. I'm guessing they're anticipating a big backlash from PC players.

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