EA announced they are conducting a series of open multiplayer tests for Titanfall 2, giving players an early chance with the upcoming multiplayer shooter.
The tech test takes place over the course of two weekends; the first one taking place from August 19 to August 21, and the following happening from August 26 to August 28. The test features 2 brand new multiplayer modes (Bounty Hunt and Pilots vs. Pilots) on 2 maps (Boomtown and Homestead). A third map and mode will be added on the second weekend. Players will get a chance to pilot 2 new Titans: Ion and Scorch, as well as a host of new abilities and weapons, including a dual-barreled SMG named the Alternator and a horizontally-spread shotgun known as the Mastiff.
To give a taste of what players can experience during the tech test, EA released a new trailer:
Unfortunately, PC players are getting the shaft, as the test is only available to consoles. Respawn Entertainment founder and CEO Vince Zampella explained why in a post on the Titanfall website:
"Two big issues from a development standpoint: hardware variety & “min spec” optimization. We’re still making a lot of tweaks and changes to the renderer, the game, and effects so we haven’t run the game through the hardware compatibility lab yet to detect and handle a large variety of hardware - video cards, CPUs etc. 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. Also, because the single player story has some wonderful secrets that we really want to preserve for launch, we also have to worry about leaks. Our wonderfully curious PC players have proven in the past that they will dig out anything they can, and there's a risk that they could spoil some of our single player."
Titanfall 2 is one of the more highly anticipated shooters releasing this year, and is set to drop for the PS4, Xbox One-and the PC on October 28. Players can gain access to the test by simply downloading it through the Playstation or Xbox online stores.