Titanfall Dev Defends Against Claims That Matchmaking Eliminates The Need To Have Dedicated Servers

TitanFall uses dedicated servers for improved performance above all.

Posted By | On 26th, Jan. 2014 Under News


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After complaints about the multiplayer cap being limited to 12 players, Respawn Entertainment has now taken to defending TitanFall against assumptions that having matchmaking completely voids the purpose of dedicated servers.

On the the TitanFall forums, the developer stated to a user in particular that, “You’re conflating server browsing with dedicated servers. Regardless of the method you use to connect to them, dedicated servers offer better performance, lower pings, more consistent pings, remove host advantage and increase security when compared to P2P. A server browser that listed P2P servers would provide none of these benefits, so surely it can’t be “the entire reason” for dedicated servers.

The logic here is supposed to be that when you eliminate server choice, players will be connected to players from other parts of the globe, especially with lower player caps. The dev responded that, “This is incorrect; many matchmaking systems choose to match players across regions in favor not matching them at all, but it is not a “guarantee”. Your assertion that, with a server browser, there will always be a game with other players available with a low ping is also incorrect. Simply put, sometimes there’s not going to be anyone to play with locally at 3am, matchmaking or not.

“Server browsers and matchmaking both provide numerous (if sometimes different) benefits. Give them both credit where credit is due.”

Addressing another concern where the map was stuck in an infinite loop thus facilitating a restart. Respawn stated that, “I’ve never seen anything like this happen in all of our hours of testing. That’s no guarantee that it couldn’t, but the nice thing about being exclusively dedi’s instead of P2P is that we can fix this sort of thing quickly without any sort of patch required for the clients.”

TitanFall is currently slated to release on March 11th in North America and March 14th in the UK for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.


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  • You’ve gotta ask yourself exactly who these concerned people are that are looking at this title with such a critical eye.

    • rxl209

      im concerned because i preordered it

  • Frdjck

    Respawn should have known that by not releasing the most anticipated multiplayer games of 2014 on Sony console and by being exclusive to Microsoft console, they would attract angry fanboy on their forum. The whole 12 player max debacle and now the dedicated server complain are mostly due to people that are angry that they won’t be able to play Titanfall except if they buy a 1000$ PC. It’s not called a “Console Wars” for nothing.

    • rxl209

      most anticipated? …..lmfao

    • corvusmd

      It is BY FAR the most anticipated game of this generation, pretending it’s not just proves you’re a fanboy. It’s the ONLY exclusive on either system, that the OTHER system is complaining about NOT having….think of it that way. It is so far (other than possibly Halo 5) the only TRUE system seller game on the horizon. Maybe “last of us 2” and “Uncharted 4” but both of those series are highly overrated……true they are good..but not as amazing as some wish to believe.

    • You are flat out wrong

      lol nope. More people are hyped for MGS5, Infamous, Destiny and The Division this year. Try harder. Titanflop is just…well, it’s nothing really.

    • s3ltzer

      Marketing and propaganda can make people buy into almost anything….

    • s3ltzer

      It’s overhyped. Thank the MS and EA marketing teams for that…

    • rxl209

      im jealous? of what exactly, i have a pc , a 360, and still wont buy this game

    • Nintendosonyfan

      Lol it is the most anticipated, the most covered in game news, the most talked about. Don’t be so jealous and mad, go play infamous when it’s out, we will play titanfall and u will cry. Why so mad brah? Lol FACED!

    • You are flat out wrong

      Only by Xbot scum with no games to play. 🙂

    • cozomel

      Grow up kid, you’re pathetic

    • corvusmd

      True, jealously is uncontrollable, they troll everything that is good that isn’t Sony. True, MS bought the rights, but at the same time, Respawn has publicly stated SEVERAL times that PS4 can’t run Titanfall because they don’t have good enough server support, so in a way….Sony made that decision by not upgrading their network (yet charging for it). True, all indications point to Titanfall 2 not being locked up, but unless Sony upgrades their dedicated servers….it’ll be XB1 exclusive again.

    • You are flat out wrong

      “Respawn has publicly stated SEVERAL times that PS4 can’t run Titanfall because they don’t have good enough server support,”

      Another dumb Xbot who believes the PR hype.

  • Nintendosonyfan

    Sold my ps4 and bought an Xbox one, main reason besides hating the controller was titanfall. I can’t wait and am so glad I got rid of my ps4.

    I don’t respond to trolls or fanboys. Don’t be mad I got rid of my ps4, I didn’t like it, get over it.

    • Frdjck

      Your story sound fake. But good for you if it’s true.

    • rxl209

      why are you telling people this? i threw away a pair of socks yesterday, now weve both posted something nobody cares about

    • Nintendosonyfan

      Seems like ton care, no go away troll and buy new socks to jiz in

    • Mini

      lol you are joke, kid

    • corvusmd

      Because he bought an XB1 to play the game that was mentioned in this article…it applies very much…you trolling for no reason however….does not.

    • TomShoe

      Don’t care. Enjoy your XBO, I’ll enjoy my PS4.

    • corvusmd

      Insecure much? If you’re enjoying your PS4 and don’t canre about XB1….why are you on a site that has nothing to do with PS4?

    • TomShoe

      I have more than one console. 3DS, PC, PS3, 360, you name it. I’m glad he’s enjoying his new XBO, but there’s no need to go sounding like an asshat.

    • Mack

      What kind of socks?

    • cozomel

      I Sold my X1 and bought a PS4, main reason besides hating the controller was Infamous. I cant wait and am so glad i got rid of my X1.
      Also, I dont respond to trolls or fanboys. Don’t be mad that i got rid of my X1, i didnt like it cuz its an overpriced and inferior POS with no games, get over it

    • Nintendosonyfan

      I’m glad u got rid of ur xb1 and bought a ps4, nobody would want u on the same console as them. Now that I schooled u, begone. Lol try harder and have fun with ps3.5 and infamous, no more replies for u, u’ve been FACED.

    • cozomel

      What’s the matter brah, you mad? But I’m glad u got rid of ur ps4 and bought a x1, cuz nobody would want u on the same console as them. Now that I schooled u, begone you pathetic sad @$$ troll. Lol try harder and have fun with xbox720 and titanfail, no more replies for u, u’ve been FACED.
      And p.s. learn how to speak and write better english you uneducated border line re-re!

    • Psionicinversion

      xbox 720… i think the term your trying to put is xbox 180 (due to the DRM turnaround), thought id correct ya :d

    • RAULxPUDD

      ^^^^^Translation= I have never owned an XB1, i got a PS4 on release day and my feelings are hurt by seeing a game as big as Titanfall not on PS4. Oh and im also sad about the one guy saying he sold his PS4 so i had to make up the lie that i sold my fictitious XB1 to rest peacefully at night, Thanks for listening everyone.

    • s3ltzer

      Well, bye. I own both, and I’d dump the XBox One before I ever dump my

    • Sean

      Maybe you should have taken the extra $100 you spent on the Xbox One and put that towards a good PC graphic card?

      Connect an Xbox controller to your PC and you’re off and running.

      Seems like a lot less hassle compared to selling one and buying another.

  • Psionicinversion

    MS will be giving Titanfall dedicated Azure servers for free, same as all AAA titles i think so of course itll have dedicated servers. the 12 player maximum is pathetic i wonder why its so limited? hardly a title for the next generation of anything i reckon. I was looking forward to Titanfall but i hope its a heavily modified source engine cus itll just be another CoD same engine from 6000 years ago deal. But ill definately hold off for reviews on PC before i make the decision to buy. Pre-ordering any game these days is hit and miss especially from EA, most of there AAA stuff is rushed to market and most of it is broke on release.

    • corvusmd

      Stop jumping to conclusions….6v6 is not pathetic, it’s actually a good thing in my opinion. Including bots, and a titan countdown clock are both pretty genius ways to keep the game moving and encouraging people NOT to camp….because now they have to protect their bots so they can get Titans before the other team. If they made it 32 vs 32, then either everyone would camp still like on BF4 or it’d be so cluttered with all the real players and bots. I honestly don’t see what the big deal is, it’s a fast paced smooth game that never seems dull in the action….so…why do we care how many “REAL” players there are? In fact the bots look more talented than most “real” players out there.

    • Psionicinversion

      Well i am looking forward to it in ways guess ill just have to see for myself, as long as the bot AI isnt to dumbed down it might be ok then. Fighting real people is better though cus dont get much satisfaction killing a bot, might as well play a single player. If its anything like CoD or BF’s single player AI wont be good cus i ran round on hard mode killing everything pretty easily so those extra bots wont account for much although having a few players mixed in using the bots as a body shield might be useful

    • Psionicinversion

      Just watched a closed alpha play test of it, looks quite good actually so i take those comments back. Just hope theres an open beta for the PC crowd before it releases

    • You are flat out wrong

      Don’t make excuses for uncustomisible lobbies and bad AI bots being used as cannon fodder for casuals so they can feel good about themselves.

  • Axe99

    Anyone suggesting that matchmaking and p2p trumps dedicated servers needs to spend a bit more time gaming and a bit less time flaming!

  • You are flat out wrong

    All these Xbots in this comment confirms them as the worst fanbase in the industry. Can’t wait until Stephen Elop throws them in the landfill.

    • JerkDaNERD7

      …You are flat out wrong

    • s3ltzer

      I’ve run into some bad members on PSN….equally as bad as XBL. At least XBL has better moderation though (banning).

    • corvusmd

      …says the guy with the most presumptuous name trolling an article that has nothing to do with him. Too bad you have no games to keep you busy.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Too bad I’m not getting one until Infamous and Ground Zeroes in March. Meanwhile the Bone isn’t getting Halo 5 until 2015. Xbone has no games!

  • GenuineGamer

    Before I go on, I landed here while surfing gaming news… but here’s my 2 cents.
    It’s mind numbing to see how many people buy into this PR, and also sad that MS has to buy exclusivity in a lame attempt to get ahead. But, they can keep it.
    This game is not a system seller by any means. It is a COD style shooter that most of you will stop playing when the next iteration of a COD style shooter is released by the end of the year. Would I have played it if it came to PS4, sure… would I sell my PS4 just to play one game… never. What is a system seller, for me (a guy that just wants to play games, not talk to my console and ask it to help me watch tv) is that my console plays most titles @ 1080p and 60fps. And before you say it doesn’t matter… it does. Frames matter and resolution (especially on very large screens), and saying they don’t is just a coping mechanism for those that don’t have it. Call me a PS fanboy if you want, I admit that PS4 is my preference, but I’ve also owned almost every console in the last 2 decades. I chose what gives me what I want.

    • Psionicinversion

      Do ya know what ive bin thinking about recently with the state of x1 vs PS4 1080p 60fps stuff is why its doing that. All people spout out is better GPU and GDDR5 thats all my mate says at work but if i gave him a banana and said thats a stick of GDDR5 looks cool dunnit he’d believe me(exaggeration obviously) but solidifes the truth that a lot of gamers who spout these facts havnt got a clue about the tech inside either system.

      What i want to see is figures on bandwith throughput of both consoles memory subsystems (its thats right word) want to see throughtput beteen the ddr3 to controller to GPU or to esram to GPU (theres a 1000GB+/sec memory link 1024bit for all the eSRAM caches) thats got to be used for something or why bother or maybe its there to ensure theres no bottleneck. Without knowing this its impossible to tell if either console will improve much

    • corvusmd

      Please don’t call yourself a gamer if you buy the false hype and pick a side…forcing you to miss out on tons of amazing games, and pretending you’re happy playing MP games on an inferior network that wasn’t upgraded at all….yet now charges you.

    • GenuineGamer

      Well all of the “false hype” is slowly but surely being proved as games release at lower resolution on the xbone. Tomb Raider DE just dropped and that is the case; now there is speculation that Watch Dogs will follow suite. Also, perhaps I wasn’t clear about being a multiplatform owner in the past. I gamed on both 360 and PS3… I’ve always preferred Playstation. I’ll buy an Xbone someday, but nothing that has been announced for it has made me want to buy it… perhaps in 2015 when Halo 5 comes out… that is the only game that will make me want to buy One (fingers crossed they’ll come out with a slim console with no camera). Likewise, I’ve used both Live and PSN equally. PSN was sketchy at times on PS3, but has been nothing but solid on PS4 thus far; the differences between the networks are vastly fewer than ever. The DS4 is also the first controller I’ve used that easily trumps the 360 gamepad, I didn’t think that was possible.

  • corvusmd

    All the jealous fanboy rage the hits ANY article about Titanfall just continually PROVES Fear on the other side….no one is going to Uncharted, Infamous, Deep Down or Order articles and trying to prove to people that they are having fun “wrong” …all the hate that stenches these articles is never based in any fact, and it’s childish (“teh powa of da cloudz” …then they turn around and talk about Playstation Now). I know among other fanboys, you all think that you are making sense…but the second that fanboys set foot on a page for the opposition (like now) and spout off nonsense like this…you’ve lost. You are no longer a gamer at that point, you’ve forgotten that games are about having fun…that’s it!!! At that point, all you are is someone that bought marketing hype (from someone that ONLY wants your money) and deep down you feel so insecure about it…you need to try to suck the joy out of anyone else that didn’t make the same decision as you…as a feeble attempt to “prove” you made the right console choice.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Fear of a multiplat? Get a grip, son.

    • corvusmd

      Little boy, you can stop talking to me now, you never make sense, you’re always wrong and all you do is troll all day because you’re scared you made the wrong console choice….here’s a hint…gamers like games…stop trying to tell people they are having fun wrong.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Nice to know you couldn’t directly address the point.

    • GenuineGamer

      Any mature gamer that wants to play the “other system’s” exclusives should just save up the dough and be a multiplatform gamer. Unless they have to rely on someone else’s paycheck (aka kids), owning both consoles isn’t THAT expensive. The fact is, neither console has a “system seller” just yet. Titanfall can’t be labeled as such until it proves itself worthy. Halo 5 most likely will be, as will Uncharted 4 for PS. That said a “system seller” is all in the eye of the gamer. I’m starting to feel like a troll, but Xbone fanboys are riding Titanfall pretty hard, and I just find it amusing and can’t resist calling it out. Try being a game fanboy or multiplat fanboy… but I guess that really isn’t a fanboy anymore is it?

    • corvusmd

      I trust that you are saying being a game fanboy and multiplat fanboy to agree with me right? I can’t tell, but you do know that’s what I was getting at, right? It just seems that PS fanboys are the worst right now…I have nothing against any system, just some of the fans. I do agree that Titanfall has a TON of hype and the XB1 fans are getting super excited about it, but so far all that hype seems to be justified…we’ll see when it finally releases. However, all the reviews and alpha tester testimonials have nothing but good things to say about it. So I guess it can appear that XB1 fans are riding it pretty hard, but then the same thing can be said about Uncharted or Last of Us…and we don’t even know anything about either of those yet.

  • William Richmond

    why is it so flipping difficult to give the option for both? I’d rather have the option and not want it, than to want it and not have it.

  • Rat-RippeR

    The hype got me to buy this game and after 2 weeks i was completely bored and fed up watching a stupid ORIGIN , connect circle go round and round for 2 minutes between every round . This game is a campers dream . Not only can they go invisisible but they can sit on a roof with a SMART pistol that aims for them . Teamwork is not rewarded . Disable turrets to help your team and you get no points .You cant talk to your team mates , the voice system is worthless .
    oh and the chat box ..right in the middle of typing to someone it starts connecting and you watch that goofy Origin Circle spin again and again and again . Two guys were on a server and ttogether with their Teamspeck they owned that server . They played as a team in Titans always 2 on 1 .The guns are terrible …If you want to be top score in this game ..Camp and use a smart pistol..don’t try and help your team . For these reasons and many more . This is TITANFAIL for this die hard gamer . I want to play with my friends on a server where I know the players . I want to talk to my team mates while playing and for me it is TEAMWORK , I enjoy . This game has none ~ Score Titanfall 1 To 10 = 2


 

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