The closed beta test for multiplayer shooter Titanfall has officially launched on Xbox One and PC. Invites have been sent out to select players via email.
Titanfall's beta allows you to try out the Angel City and Fracture maps with three different game modes. Attrition is a team deathmatch experience, while Hardpoint Domination is all about capturing and holding territories. Last Titan Standing is a series of five rounds with no respawns. At the start of each round, every player begins inside their own mech.
Unlike Elder Scrolls Online's beta, Titanfall's test doesn't have a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). You're not barred from discussing the game or sharing videos or screenshots. That's great news for YouTubers, Twitch broadcasters and anyone who wants to learn more about Titanfall. Respawn encourages you to discuss your thoughts on the game at their forums.
Titanfall has a lot to prove this weekend. It's a brand-new IP from a new studio. The game's arguably the highest profile release for the Xbox One thus far. EA and Microsoft both sense that Titanfall could be a huge hit. Respawn's decision to make the beta as transparent as possible should help spread information about the game and get players excited for launch.
Respawn plans to send out invites in waves, presumably to keep the servers stable. Beta keys can be sent out as late as February 17th at 11:59PM PST so you've still got a shot at getting in. If you haven't signed up yet, you should do it now. The sign-up form will be removed at 4PM PST today.
If you forget to sign up or are just too impatient to wait for your key, you've got other options. For starters, you can scour the internet for giveaways. For example, Respawn founder Vince Zampella gave away 20 codes over Twitter last night and might continue to do so. You can also trade or beg for a key at /r/TitanfallCodes.
The beta will end on Tuesday, February 18th. Respawn says the servers will go down at approximately 6 PM PST (9 PM EST) on that day.
Players have already begun to post footage online of the beta. You can check out a few examples below.