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Titanfall beta opens this week

Rejoice, shooter fans, for you will soon get your hands on Titanfall, the debut game from Respawn, the studio founded by the creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Some of you, however, will get to play it sooner than others.

That's because the long-rumoured open beta test of the game's multiplayer mayhem kicks off this week - on Valentine's Day, no less - and you can sign up for it right now. Registration is via the official Titanfall website and remains open until February 17.

If you've somehow missed news of what looks like 2014's most innovative FPS, Titanfall throws agile parkour-style ground troops and enormous mechs known as Titans into the same combat arena. Players are joined by class specific AI squadmates, with a heavy emphasis on chaotic and spectacular combat.

Three game modes are available in the beta. Attrition is a pure team deathmatch mode where the goal is to completely wipe out the enemy. Hardpoint is a base capture mode in which you must conquer and hold three hotspots on the map. Finally, Last Titan Standing gives every player access to one of the game's hulking Titan mechs right from the start, and lets you batter each other to a standstill.

The beta is available on PC and Xbox One. Rather generously, once the beta is installed, it'll be available to anyone with an account on the console - not just the person who downloaded it. The game is also coming to Xbox 360, but that version won't be available in the beta.

Titanfall launches for PC and Xbox One on March 13. The Xbox 360 version follows on March 28.

Published: 12/02/2014

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