As “Titanfall” developer Respawn Entertainment transitions from making the game to supporting it, the Los Angeles-based company said it is developing a number of free updates for the first-person shooter aimed at enhancing players' experience, including the ability to rename their custom loadouts.
The first update will make "minor tweaks and fixes" to the current game, rather than adding new features. The second update will add "convenience features" while the third update will address "infrastructural features" such as custom Private Match options.
“As excited as we are to support the game, we're relatively new to the ethos of post-launch support," Steve Fukuda said on the game's official site Tuesday. "My role as Game Director on Titanfall has been to keep a clear vision of the game, and to direct the game's development across all the disciplines.
"Now that we are transitioning from making the game to supporting it, one of the many things I want to improve is what I call our 'update tempo' - not just accelerating how often we update the game, but also improving our frequency and quality of communication about those updates with the community. The purpose of this blog is to keep you better appraised as to what we're up to, including the time between updates. You'll also hear from other devs on the team, giving you insight from a developer's perspective across a variety of disciplines.”
Specifically, the first update will seek to improve the game's overall performance, such as the “recent adjustments to the Gooser challenge, more generous Hardpoint scoring for attacking players and weapon balance tweaks to the Titan 40mm and Quad Rocket,” Fukuda said, stressing that these changes will improve the “core health of the game.”
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The second update will target “convenience features” such as players' ability to filter challengers. “For example, our most recent update introduced the requested Party Colors feature, allowing you to easily identify fellow party members both in game and in the lobby,” Fukuda explained. “The next update will bring more convenience features such as: the ability to rename your custom loadouts and to make custom loadouts specific to each game mode, a way to filter your Challenges by criteria such as 'closest to complete', and displaying the final scoreboard from your previous match in the Last Game Summary so you can review the scores at your leisure in the lobby.”
The third update involves “infrastructural features.” For example, the recent beta launch of private matches. Fukuda said that future updates will bring the first wave of customized private match options, giving players more control over their experience.
Respawn is also developing a new Burn Card set and “Titanfall” art that players can use to customize the identity of their Titan. New game modes and game mode variants are in the works.
“Our plans for supporting Titanfall are simple," Fukuda said. "We'll keep you better informed between updates, and we'll deliver free updates to you on a regular basis. We are constantly tweaking our support plans in response to your feedback, and although we cannot promise everything requested will go through, we are listening.”
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