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A free update for Xbox One exclusive Titanfall has added in a new co-op mode, new enemy types, and new Ranked Play options.
Developer Respawn has been adding both free extras and paid-for map packs to Titanfall ever since the game’s launch in March, but none of them have really done much to counter criticisms that the game doesn’t have enough variety and game modes.
This new update though is much more substantial, thanks to a new mode called Frontier Defense. This is a four-player co-op survival mode, where you have to defend a position from waves of enemies.
According to the Titanfall blog it will include new computer-controlled enemies such as ‘stealthy spectres and cloak drones, explosive suicide spectres and nuclear titans, ranged mortar titans, and melee-resistant arc titans’.
Other new features include Ranked Play, which adds a new tier of challenges across all of the existing competitive modes. It’s only in beta at the moment, but will be available to anyone that’s level 32 or higher.
On top of this is a new three-star ranking system, which you’ll earn if you hit a certain score in each game mode – including Frontier Defense.
There’s a huge list of all the other changes and additions in the blog but other highlights include being able to give everyone the same burn cards in private matches, bug fixing, and shorter load times.
But there’s also hints on other new options to be added later in the year, with the Deadly Ground mode coming on November 4. This will see the floor covered in a damage-inducing electric fog (‘hot lava’ in general shooter parlance) and can be used in existing modes such as Hardpoint and Capture the Flag.
It can also be used in Marked for Death, and presumably the new Marked for Death Pro variant which will be arriving on November 26. This will see the popular mode become round-based and institute a policy of no respawns.
These plans show that Respawn are still serious about supporting Titanfall, but it offers no hint as to whether the company has plans for a sequel – or whether the franchise is going to stay as an Xbox One exclusive.