Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella revealed today that Titanfall's player count will only go up to 6-on-6, a decision that has been met with a rather large amount of fan backlash.
Asked on Twitter to dish out the specifics regarding Titanfall's player count, Zampella responded like so:
The backlash has been swift. Here are a few choice responses plucked from the Titanfall Twitterati:
However, Zampella said Respawn ran plenty of trials before settling on the 6v6 ratio. To be fair to them, it's not as if the staff -- many of whom are ex-Infinity Ward -- haven't made world-beating multiplayer shooters before. They might just know a thing or two.
“It is incredibly fun, we did a lot if testing. It is all about what we found most fun,” he said.
Player count and player balance is important for any game, but having played Titanfall and had an absolute blast, I'm not convinced that adding more players to proceedings would necessarily be a good thing. Some people will always want scale from their FPS games, and that's fine. But Titanfall has never been, and will never be that game. Since inception, it's always been focused around providing a tight, fast-paced style of play. Between the enormous Titans -- twelve of which seem quite enough for one level -- the Pilots who are capable of traversing terrain far more dynamically than any other FPS multiplayer archetype, and the numerous AI bots who'll expand proceedings and give players more thing to shoot at, I think we'll be just fine.
We still don't have all of the details regarding game modes in Titanfall, but we'd wager that the slimmed player count will feed back into quicker queue times, meaning fewer minutes spent kicking your heels in a virtual lobby. Titanfall doesn't play like COD or Battlefield, and whilst it might not be able to boast the diversity that those all-in-one FPS leviathans might, there's something to be said for knowing exactly what you're about and perfecting that. We're not in a position to say whether or not Respawn have achieved that, no one is, but we're certainly not going to begrudge them the chance to try.