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Titanfall 2 multiplayer beta test coming to console only, not PC

Respawn’s concerned about spoilers

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

When Titanfall 2’s multiplayer tech test arrives, it will will give players a chance to preview the game’s online competitive multiplayer and give developer Respawn the opportunity to stress test its servers.

But it will only be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Respawn confirmed today. Titanfall fans playing on Windows PC will have to wait for the full game in October.

Respawn founder Vince Zampella said the decision to skip Titanfall 2’s multiplayer tech test on PC comes down to two main reasons: Respawn is still working on supporting various PC hardware configurations and it doesn’t want dataminers to dig out spoilers for the single-player campaign.

"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.," Zampella wrote in a post on the game’s official website. "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."

Zampella said Respawn recognizes that this may be disappointing for PC gamers, but "we feel this allows us to concentrate on the real purpose of the tech test and focus on the server stability and scalability."

Titanfall 2 will be released Oct. 28.

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