The Titanfall Beta upon us! Tomorrow, Respawn and EA will show Xbox One and PC gamers what's coming in their multiplayer-only giant mech shooter. The closed beta starts on February 14, because Respawn Entertainment hates your non-game playing significant other and any plans you may have made.
If you're lucky enough to get in, you can expect to play three game modes available during the beta: Attrition, Hardpoint Domination, and Last Titan Standing. Attrition is the game's straight-up deathmatch mode, Hardpoint Domination has players on each team attempting to hold specific points around the map, and Last Titan Standing starts every player with a Titan and ends when only one of the giant mechs remains.
Does that information help you not get immediately stomped out when you enter the game? Nope. To help new players out, Respawn Entertainment has kindly released a video full of tips and tricks to give you a leg up on the competition.
Here's a few more tips if you're just starting out:
- Hiding won't help; you need to get out there and do damage. Every bit of damage you do while you're in pilot mode lowers the timer on calling down your Titan. If you're on a streak, you'll see your Titan far sooner than other players.
- Every pilot starts with a cloaking ability. Use it frequently because the recharge time isn't that bad. Need to get away from a lumbering Titan? Cloak yourself and duck around a corner!
- Don't forget the NPCs! Each match is augmented with a number of NPC AI players, but you'll need to worry about them just as much as you worry about the real players. At the very least, they're something for you to kill.
- As the video says, your Titan isn't just a big mech for you to ride in. When you activate your Titanfall, it's also a very big, one-shot weapon that can be aimed. Use your Titanfall to inflict maximum damage and throw the enemy off their game!
- You can also respawn inside your Titan if you've died and have yet to use your Titanfall. Just pick that option instead of your normal respawn and you can even the odds much quicker.
- Don't be stuck in the idea that the only way to use your Titan is to ride it. You can also hop out and leave it in Defend mode, like a big turret, or have it follow you across the battlefield as a decoy. Especially in Hardpoint Domination, Defend mode is a useful option.
Haven't signed up for beta yet? You still have until February 14 at 4pm PST to put your name in the digital hat. Just head on over to this page to register! And if you're keeping yourself pure for the retail release, you don't have to wait long. Titanfall is coming for Xbox One and PC on March 11, with a March 25 release on Xbox 360.
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