Latest Titanfall Update Gets Rid Of The Titans And AI Fighters

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:00 PM
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Imagine Arkham Asylum without Batman. Or Baldur’s Gate without beards. Terrible isn’t it? Now you’ve just got over that, Respawn has announced plans to release a new update for Titanfall, adding a game mode that ditches Titans and the AI pilots completely. Dubbed Pilot Skirmish, the new game mode ups the player count to 8v8 and has pilots shooting it out in basic team deathmatch, without the 40-foot Titans anywhere in sight.

Due to the increased player count Pilot Skirmish won’t be a part of Titanfall’s Variety Pack playlist. Arriving as Titanfall’s sixth major update, the new mode brings Titanfall even closer in line with Activision’s Call of Duty series, stripping it down to its bare essentials as soldiers wall-run and double-jump like loons through the war torn environs.

We weren't totally enamoured with Titanfall when it launched earlier this year, and much of this came down to the titans themselves which, in truth, really weren't very fun to play as. Careening about the place on foot or running along walls has always been a highlight for the game, so this could well make a surprisingly fun addition to Titanfall's repertoire, if a little basic.

As well as the Pilot Skirmish mode, the latest update makes Marked for Death a permanent game mode. Introduced earlier this year, its enduring popularity has ensured its stay. It’s basically VIP mode, in which a team must protect a particular player who has been marked for death.

Among other things Titanfall Update 6 also adds FX optimisations, enhancing the effects processing and moving more of the game’s rendering work onto any additional CPU cores. This should mean much better performance for multi-core processors. For the full list of updates included in the latest Titanfall patch you can read the notes here. Is Titanfall gradually losing its identity by stripping out the Titans? Are the changes enough to keep you playing Respawn’s debut? Let us know!

 

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16:13 Aug-30-2014

I got it last Sunday for 18 euros on Origin. I'm really enjoying it. If only they had fixed the FPS cap... -X(

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08:37 Aug-30-2014

Please change the title. No game's ''getting rid'' of titans..

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23:58 Aug-29-2014

When is this update out?

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23:31 Aug-29-2014

it's just a game mode... dont make it sound like it s forced everywhere...

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17:51 Aug-29-2014

Excellent. Some players mob everybody with titans and the grunts and spectres in between can get a little annoying, But being able to fight without worrying about being punched or crushed by a titan would be great :D But how many points would the teams need to win ?

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17:05 Aug-29-2014

I got titanfall for 2 days through origin, and after 4 matches it already felt boring, the AI in the game makes it feel bad, in my opinion bots should've never have been planned to be in the game besides the tutorial.

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16:40 Aug-29-2014

Um...so is Microsoft trying to cripple the only game that Microsoft fan boys were going crazy about?

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20:41 Aug-29-2014

Adding one extra game mode will surely cripple it.

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06:42 Aug-30-2014

Yes. Such sense. Much titans

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16:19 Aug-29-2014

all modes should have been without the artificial (un)intelligence and 8v8 in my humble opinion. it would be a much better game. this mode sounds like a nice addition.

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15:31 Aug-29-2014

Titanfall is a very well made game. Nice updates, good optimization, good gameplay. Only thing that isn't nice is that it doesn't have full singleplayer campaign.

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15:30 Aug-29-2014

So basically it's a better version of COD Advanced Warfare? Sounds good to me.

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16:13 Aug-29-2014

Quite the opposite

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16:28 Aug-29-2014

Well, what little I've played of Titanfall I've enjoyed it, but I would've liked a mode where there weren't any titans so you can jump around more freely, this sounds like the perfect mode for that.

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15:09 Aug-29-2014

Not a bad sounding mode at all :)

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