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Titanfall patch coming today, adds private matches and more (update)

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Respawn Entertainment plans to release a Titanfall patch today that will give users the ability to play private matches, the company announced on Twitter.

Studio head Vince Zampella originally announced in early March that Respawn intended to add private matches with a post-release patch. "There's things that we want in the game that we didn't get to ship in the final game," he said.

Today's update will also reduce the requirement for the Gen 5 challenge called "Gooser," which tasks players with killing 50 ejecting Pilots in mid-air, from 50 to five. Respawn announced the change late last month, saying, "We went a bit too far with this challenge, especially considering the unique conditions that have to be met in order to have the opportunity to get a kill on an ejecting Pilot." The studio added that it will make special note of players who have managed to complete the challenge in its original incarnation, or who have already surpassed the new quota of five kills.

It's unclear which platforms today's patch will be available on. Titanfall launched March 11 on Windows PC and Xbox One, and was released April 8 on Xbox 360. We'll update this article with more information as it's available. In the meantime, you can check out our Overview video of Titanfall below.

Update: Respawn has published a full list of release notes for the patch, which is now live on PC and Xbox One.

The private match functionality that the patch is adding is currently in beta. It supports two to 12 players, with a minimum of one-on-one play. All of the game's maps and modes are available in private matches, but in them, players won't earn any XP or unlock challenges or Achievements. Private matches still use the Xbox Live Compute Cloud and dedicated servers. And Respawn plans to add other updates like round time and score limits in the future.

Today's patch also includes a host of other tweaks and additions to Titanfall. Players can now use the left trigger as a shortcut to the Xbox One party menu. Respawn removed the wall-hack exploit and changed some colors in menus and games., and also altered game balance in a number of ways. Check out the full list for more details.