[Update] Titanfall Update #8 Adds 4-Player Frontier Defense Horde Mode

by Mike Futter on Oct 22, 2014 at 07:36 AM

Update #2: Update #8 will arrive tomorrow, Thursday, October 23. It brings with it 17 new achievements, private match burn card sets, and new ranked play.

You can read up on all the changes in the official patch notes.

Update #1: Respawn has announced an upcoming mode for Titanfall that will add a new form of team play. Frontier Defense is a twist on the well-worn horde mode concept that introduces new enemies and a new reason to spend those burn cards.

Frontier Defense will be playable across all 24 maps. New enemies include Mortar Titans, Sniper Spectres, and Arc Titans that will instantly drop shields on Titans and the Harvester (the object you'll defend) if you get too close.

Respawn added some new behaviors for the existing enemies, too. Because the team wanted this to feel like the Titanfall you know, Spectres will be able to rodeo your titan and take it out.

Update #8 will also add Marked for Death Pro, which ends the round as soon as one of the two marked pilots dies. The final new inclusion is called Deadly Ground, which interacts with a number of other game modes like Capture the Flag. The ground is covered with electric smoke, so you'll need to stay on rooftops or wall running. Titans will take constant damage, drastically shortening their lifespan.

The livestream is still in progress, and we're waiting for details on the release window.

Original Story:

It’s been a while since we talked about Titanfall, but today, Respawn has some big news. The studio says it will make an announcement via its Twitch channel at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern today.

All three of the DLC packs that are part of the season pass (Expedition, Frontier’s Edge, and IMC Rising) have been revealed and released on Xbox One and PC (all except the final pack are out on Xbox 360, too). Along the way, Respawn has added new burn cards, Titan emblems for customization, and the Black Market for buying and selling burn cards.

If you’re interested in hearing what Respawn has up its sleeve, tune into the Twitch stream later today. And if you have any hypotheses, share them in the comments.

[Source: Titanfall on Twitter]


Our Take
Respawn could be planning new content, but it’s also conceivable that there could be a monetization change coming for the title. It wouldn’t be inconceivable for Titanfall to go free-to-play. In fact, Dan Tack wrote something about that a while back…