The start date of the beta testing of Titanfall, rumored to begin on February 14th, has not yet been confirmed officially by Rerspawn Entertainment, but the official announcement (that will presumably also include application modes) isn’t too far according to Co-founder Vince Zampella.
Need to put a build through certification and pass before we officially announce a date for beta.
Zampella also added that beta codes won’t be region locked, and confirmed that there won’t be any NDA (earlier he had left it conditional), meaning that even those that won’t be in the beta will be able to enjoy a sizable amount of videos, screenshots and information from the testers. He also clarified that an Origin account won’t be necessary for those wanting to play the beta on Xbox One.
Even more interestingly, Zampella announced the minimum hardware requirements for the PC version of the beta:
Min: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1 AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 4GB RAM 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
Besides the 64-bit requirement for the operating system, the minimum specs are very reasonable, especially for what CPU and GPU are concerned, making the beta very accessible even to those that don’t have a top-of-the-line gaming PC.
Luckily, according to Zampella, Respawn will send out a large number of beta codes, or more precisely “as many as titanly possible!” So there are good hopes that most won’t have to sit on the sidelines and just watch videos.
Finally, Zampella also threw a bone to Mac users, saying that the developer is “talking about” a Mac version, but it would have to come after the launch of the game.
Will the beta code offer better textures for the Xbox One version? We’ll have to wait and see about that, but the reasonable requirements for the PC version seem to indicate that Xbox One owners shouldn’t worry too much.