Lotta Bots: All Titanfall Updates Except Maps To Be Free

By Nathan Grayson on April 16th, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Are the best things in life free? Are they really? I don’t know, but I do know that giant-robot-related things are pretty darn cool, and those are going to be free from now until the end of time. Well, Titanfall time. Respawn’s laid out its update roadmap, promising more information, regular tweaks and additions, new modes, and free everything – except for map packs. That’s a shame because it fragments the community, which in turn fragments my heart. OK not really, but it is kind of a pain.

Respawn announced in a blog post that it’s more or less figured out its ideal groove in terms of update frequency, which means we can expect more changes and additions at a more rapid pace soon. Game director Steve Fukuda explained:

“Our plans for supporting Titanfall are simple. We’ll keep you better informed between updates, and we’ll deliver free updates to you on a regular basis.”

“Beyond features, there’s more tangible content coming as well. Some of the new content we are developing for future updates include a new Burn Card set, and Titan “Nose Art” Insignias that you can use to customize the identity of your Titan. We are also developing new game modes and game mode variants. New maps? As you may know from PAX East, we announced the ‘Expedition’ map pack going on sale in May. (Note that with the exception of map packs, all other updates to Titanfall will be free of charge.)”

Also on the docket: balance tweaks and fixes (think the most recent patch), convenience features like the ability to make custom loadouts specific to modes, and infrastructural changes like a non-beta, fully fleshed out private match option.

So basically, Respawn is hoping to make Titanfall stick around for quite some time, like your (giant robot) cousin who asked to sleep on your couch for a few days only to stay glued to it for months. Speaking personally, I really hope the new maps and modes shake-up basic game flow a bit more drastically than the current selection. I adored you once, Titanfall, but you’re kind of a one-trick (giant robot) pony. Who is a giant robot because I feel like I forgot to mention that.

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57 Comments »

  1. rocketman71 says:

    If they want it to stick around, they should free it from the Origin service, and add public server files / LAN.

    Otherwise, they are Call of Duty 7 and they only deserve contempt.

    • Bull0 says:

      By that logic we’re on about Call of Duty 15 at this point

    • P.Funk says:

      It’ll stick around, just they’ll ensure its on EA’s terms their way.

    • Potentaint says:

      Public servers would be nice. None of that other stuff matters to me. Origin actually runs a lot better than Steam. I don’t blame them for not wanting to give money to Valve for distribution. Also, I used Mexican Origin to buy Titanfall when it came out and it cost me like $38.

      • bleeters says:

        I think my problem here is the assessment that it’s a case of either Origin or Steam. Why not neither? Neither would be cool.

  2. Bull0 says:

    Oh, finally.

  3. Myrdinn says:

    I must admit I’ve quit playing online FPS for some years. But it still bothers me to see companies sell map packs for a PC game. The most popular maps in my FPS memory are all player-made (dust, italy, 2fort5) with the notable exception of Facing Worlds.

    Are there any plans for a map editor for this game? Heck, do they even make those things anymore?

    • BobbyFizz says:

      It’s source based so I expect essentially it would be easy to have that functionality. Funny to think that the editor for source is a bolstered up version of worldcraft for quake which is 20 year old tech.

      Alas these games are locked down these days which leaves player made maps, the things that once made games great, are increasingly a thing of the past. It’s a pisser. A frustrating pisser.

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        Arnvidr says:

        It’s stupid. I remember when you got maps for free and paid for features.

        • Moraven says:

          Killzone: Shadow Fall is going that route.

          Season Pass gives you co op, end map signatures, skins plus access to the new class.

          All maps and new modes are free to all.

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          Mungrul says:

          I think it’s even more saddening when you realise the Respawn / Infinity Ward / 2015 guys came from the Quake 3 mapping and modding community. Hell, CoD and MoH: Allied Assault were based on the Quake 3 engine, which has automatic client map delivery built in, tech that would thrive with today’s bandwidths.
          Such a shame to have seen the FPS genre move from such a completely inclusive environment to a walled garden.

      • DrollRemark says:

        Surely the market is absolutely ripe for a properly moddable FPS now?

        I mean, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, and TFC (and all the others!) are a large part of the reason Valve made so much damned money before HL2. If you were remotely interested in multiplayer FPS gaming at the turn of the century, you had to own a copy of Half-Life. Even if your preference was Quake 3/UT-style arcadey shooting, you still owned HL, just because.

  4. derbefrier says:

    Cool. I dont play it every day anymore but I still get a few hours in every week still. looking forward to new maps.

  5. DickSocrates says:

    Old broken thinking. Fragment the already dying community. As TotalBiscuit pointed out, TitanFall already has a ton of maps (something I wouldn’t know as I’ve never played it and won’t ever). If they really must charge for stuff, haven’t Valve proven beyond all doubt how to do it while not damaging the core game? Cosmetic stuff still works even FPS, weapon skins, but even Titan skins. You’d see them approaching the Titan and after getting out, and just *knowing* you look super-leet without directly seeing it yourself is enough. But no, route-one faulty outdated “map packs”. It’s like they try their hardest to make gaming as unpleasant and stressful as possible.

    • Convolvulus says:

      It’s the difference between private companies and public ones. Assuming for the sake of argument that EA executives figure out why it’s better to provide maps for free, they’d also have to stand in front of shareholders and convince them of the long term benefit. It’s hopeless, honestly. A lot of those people don’t understand video games, let alone the business of video games, yet they have strong opinions about free stuff and why there absolutely has to be another installment in that profitable franchise with the aliens or whatever.

      • dudleyisasillyname says:

        The EA execs had no problem convincing their stockholders that free maps for the Mass Effect 3 multi-player were a good idea, or is it that only games with aliens in them get free maps? Seriously the map packs better have at least 5 maps each for me to justify paying an extra $25 for a game that was already a little overpriced.

        That being said, I am glad that Respawn isn’t trying to be like Blizzard and making me pay for new features, game modes, etc.

        • Deadly Sinner says:

          Only because all of the unlocks came in packs that you could pay money for.

    • shaydeeadi says:

      CS:GO charges for community maps and there isn’t too much dissent about that, I don’t see what the problem is. Grumpy old men will be grumpy old men I guess.

      • Ronlaen says:

        While CS:GO does charge for map packs which they usually have some in rotation it is only for use on their private servers. You can play all these maps on public servers or if you are in a lobby with a friend who has the pass you can play on them without any hassle. These are also community created maps with funds from the sale of the pass going to those map creators. It’s all in the details and I for one don’t mind one bit buying those map passes on day one just to get case drops which will more than make my money back.

      • derbefrier says:

        yeah the effect of these things is hardly ever felt unless the game already has a small community. We all want free stuff and hate when free stuff suddenly comes with a price tag but the truth is its not that big of a deal.

      • Smoky_the_Bear says:

        CS:GO was £12 at release and costs £3.50 in a steam sale, maps cost a tiny amount as well as there being a huge amount of free maps. Titanfall was £45 RRP at release and map packs are £12+ for about 4 maps, no community content possible because its restricted by the developer so they can sell their overpriced maps. If you don’t see the difference here you are blind.

      • Artificial says:

        CS: GO’s way of releasing new maps is great. For a start it barely costs anything. I also like the fact they’re only there on the matchmaking servers for a limited time, so that encourages people to play. I also like the fact you level up that medal you get for purchasing the maps. It manages to do it all without making it feel like you’re getting ripped off just so you can still continue to enjoy the game.

    • kwyjibo says:

      Agreed, this is backwards. It’d work better if the maps were the only thing that were free. But they might not have developed the microtransaction infrastructure, so can only really charge for map packs.

    • MkMax says:

      more maps would be very nice, unlike Biscuit i dont think they are that many

      however, what the game needs the most are new modes, unlocks and titan customization

      you barely unlock anything interesting after lvl30 and the few things things you do unlock you end up losing soon after when you regenerate (why not add new unlocks for new generations instead of taking away things you just already unlocked, sigh)

      another thing i would love, LOOOOVE is an assault mode like unreal tournament 1 had, those mini campaigns were so much better and repayable than the annoying and boring tripe they included with the game and forced us to play to unlock the other titan frames

  6. MkMax says:

    Im still having fun with the game, but i have noticed a HUGE drop in ppl playing it, now it can get somewhat difficult to find a full match of the less popular modes and empty slots no longer get filled quickly

    I imagine them giving away free things have a lot to do with that but the community splitting after the map pack release could be a devastating blow

  7. Ginjarou says:

    Totally agree that DLC just divides your community and player base…

  8. JonClaw says:

    These comments talking about a dying population and no numbers to back it up annoys me.

  9. Stupoider says:

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/241306/dice-well-never-charge-for-battlefield-maps/

    Not really related to the matter at hand but I still couldn’t help being reminded about it.

  10. Wytefang says:

    Never really understood the complaints that new maps or expansion packs fracture the community. Buy the packs if you’re worried about fractured community, then. It’s fairly simple.

    I find it odd that people could pony up the $60 for a game but then suddenly have a hard time managing a $10 map DLC purchase.

    I realize that the fracturing happens but the complaints about it seem over-angsty, imho.

    • Correa says:

      So players are to feel guilty about the fracturing and reach into their pockets? It’s not the players causing the issue here.

      • Wytefang says:

        No, didn’t say that. I did say that it’s hardly a difficult fix. Buy the DLC. Problem solved. They (the companies) are NEVER going to relent and just give crap away, move on, that ship has sailed. So if that’s not going to change and you’re horribly upset by the “fractured community” your best option that remains is to simply buy the maps.

        • Correa says:

          Actually you did when you said if they are worried about it.

        • The Random One says:

          Buying the map packs doesn’t solve the problem, and it’s incredibly disingenuous to suggest it does. Regardless of whether you buy the map pack or not, you are unable to play then with the people who chose differently than you, and that’s what the community being fractured means.

          • derbefrier says:

            doesn’t mean hes not right. these companies are not going to suddenly start giving away free maps when, if you are all honest, hasn’t been a problem in past games. except to maybe curtail a little bit of bitching on the internet what real reason do they have?

          • Wytefang says:

            Well I can agree that it’s hardly an ideal solution – of course we’d all love it if they (companies) started offering the maps for free to keep their communities in one piece. My take is that they’re never going to do that, ever again, so if people are unhappy, other than pointless internet griping, you’re best bet it to pony up the miniscule $10 for the DLC and join the fun rather than sitting in some internet corner, sulking. I don’t know, there’s not really a great solution for this issue.

        • SkittleDiddler says:

          Or not buy the game at all and support companies that actually do give away free maps for their games. The ultimate solution.

    • Distec says:

      $10 for maps is not good value when you compare that to the price of the full game. And I’d rather not encourage the practice further.

      But sure, it’s the players’ fault. Okay.

      • Wytefang says:

        Again, see above. Never said it’s the players’ faults but you win 1st prize for misinterpreting or twisting a post’s intended meaning. Congrats! :P

        • Distec says:

          Actually, it pretty much was what you said. And I wasn’t the only one who caught it.

          Thanks for the prize though! I’m hoping you can avoid giving these out in the future by writing clearly. :P:P:P:P:P

    • Smoky_the_Bear says:

      Your point is stupid. It’s not people worrying about buying the map packs or not. Regardless if half of the community goes and plays new maps and the other half doesn’t then the community is split. It doesn’t matter whether the individual in question plays the new maps or not, there is still a fracturing there. As the playerbase naturally dwindles you have some people who are sick of the old maps so play the new ones, some people who do not play the game enough to want to buy the new ones. Both sets of players will experience higher queue times etc due to the fractured community.

      • Wytefang says:

        I think we all understand what it means for the community to be fractured. The issue as many of us see it (in my opinion, of course) is simply that it’s not going to change because some faceless gamers gripe about it on the internet somewhere. It’s not (sad as that may be for those of us who aren’t happy about it). So rather than sulking in some digital corner, why not just pony up the measly $10 (maybe people can forgo their usual fast food meal or something – get healthy AND get some new maps) and join the fun, instead? ;)

        • Diatribe says:

          Or, maybe you can save $70, plus the cost of future map packs by not buying the game and not having to worry about it becoming difficult to find matches because of the fractured community in the first place. Then go play one of the many FPS games that doesn’t charge for new maps and is lots of fun (e.g., Red Orchestra 2). Insanity!

        • Smoky_the_Bear says:

          Maybe because a lot of us don’t want to spend the money? Sure it’s not much individually but to buy all the map packs costs more than the price of a full game. Then we have to do the same for multiple games if we want to play them all. So you are suggesting people drop around £100 a year on map packs just to make the problem “go away”. Only it doesn’t make the problem go away because the community is still fractured and even if the entire reader base of RPS buys the map packs it does NOTHING to change this.
          You are basically saying “stop complaining”, this is a discussion boards, people are supposed to voice opinions, negative and positive.

    • hotmaildidntwork says:

      Have you considered how insanely dumb that argument sounds when applied to pretty much anything?

      “Look it’s not like the corporations are going to *stop* breaking down people’s doors and implanting mind control chips in their brains to make them buy and advertise products just because a couple of people complained on the internet, right? You might as well HELLO FRIEND OR LOVED ONE HAVE YOU TRIED NEW COKE WITH REAL COKE YET? BET YOU CAN’T DRINK JUST ONE! just relax for the few minutes the surgery takes and join the fun!”

  11. Leprikhan says:

    I actually sort-of wish that they did the opposite. It seems to me if you have DLC map packs, the people who want to play the same mode have to be separated into two different pools. Meanwhile, if you have DLC game modes, then you just buy the DLC if you want to play the mode and otherwise just keep enjoying what you’ve been enjoying up until that point, along with those who enjoy that mode regardless of DLC ownership.

    I’d rather have more people to play with than more maps to play on. I just don’t get the value in these things.

  12. The Random One says:

    Saying that all updates to your multiplayer shooter will be free except for the maps is like saying that everything in your restaurant in guaranteed to not be covered in feces except for the cutlery.

    • Wytefang says:

      I suppose…if you’re a huge fun of unadulterated hyperbole. /eye-roll.

      Tell you what, feel free to message them and tell them that for you, specifically, you don’t want any of that free stuff without the maps too. Then you can stand by your righteous indignation and your principles! ;) Enjoy!

  13. Radiant says:

    From the vids and the enthusiasm I was expecting a more fluid fps but it turns out the core shooting mechanics are the same tedium we’ve come to expect from the current batch of indistinguishable call of duty sequels.

    With Titan fall, for all it’s mobility, you still have to stop what you’re doing and play call of duty modern shooty when you have to actually shoot someone.

    • derbefrier says:

      no you dont. its called hipfire

      • Radiant says:

        Same as cod right? Good luck shooting and hitting something at any speed past walking.

        • derbefrier says:

          I do it all the time luck has nothing to do with it. Its the leet skillz I have

    • Radiant says:

      Also for a multiplayer only game it’s completely bereft in actual multiplayer tools.
      You cant even swap sided to even up the teams for crying out loud,

  14. Radiant says:

    Origin/Ea community management team to reply and refute all negativity in 3-2-1… prepare for new poster fall.

  15. adeptacheese says:

    how very generous of them to have free patches

  16. Ridnarhtim says:

    I remember when games came with dozens of maps, and keep adding new ones for free.