Titanfall 2’s upcoming open technical test will be playable on PS4 and Xbox One, but not PC.
The upcoming technical test for Titanfall 2 will be many player’s first chance to try out Titanfall 2 before it launches. Respawn Entertainment’s goal is to stress test the server and prove they can scale to accommodate a large amount of players. Essentially, its an open beta, one that Respawn wants as many players to download as possible, but only on console.
Today, in a blog post, Respawn founder and CEO Vince Zampella revealed that the upcoming technical test is not coming to PC. Why? Well there are two main reasons. One, PC hardware variety and minimum spec optimization have yet to be fully optimized for different machines. Second, Respawn is worried some PC players will dig up secrets from within the files and potentially spoil part of the campaign.
“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.”
This is definitely a huge letdown for the PC community, especially since EA’s other big holiday shooter, Battlefield 1, is getting an open beta on PC alongside PS4 and Xbox One. Zampella does state that he believes his team can deliver a great PC experience at launch, which we’ll find out when Titanfall 2 launches on October 28.