Respawn excludes Windows gamers from Titanfall 2 tech test
August 16, 2016 // 1:24 p.m.
Developer Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that the upcoming Titanfall 2 multiplayer technology test is to be exclusive to consoles, with PC gamers being left out until the official launch in October.
The follow-up to the Xbox and Windows exclusive first-person multiplayer shooter Titanfall, the imaginatively named Titanfall 2 includes both a story-driven single-player campaign and the multiplayer action fans of the original enjoyed. An upcoming technology test for the game's multiplayer aspect is being prepared as a means of stress-testing the servers ahead of launch, but the company has this week confirmed that it will not include PC gamers.
'So why not PC? Two big issues from a development standpoint: hardware variety & "min spec" optimisation,' explained Respawn founder and chief executive Vince Zampella of his company's decision to exclude PC gamers from the technology test. '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.'
Zampella also confirmed that fears over data-miners' curiosity into the single-player aspect of the game played a part in the decision to lock down the technology test to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. '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.'
Admitting that the news is 'a big disappointment for our PC fans,' Zampella asked players to be patient and rest assured that the game's Windows version will be polished and ready for its launch on October 28.