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!