Developer Respawn Entertainment has announced the multiplayer technical test for its upcoming mech-shooter Titanfall 2 is "around the corner" for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but not for PC players. CEO Vince Zampella made the announcement in a post on the game's official site, saying there were two "big issues" that led to the developer's decision to skip the PC this time around.
"We're still making a lot of tweaks and changes to the renderer, the game, and effects so we haven't run the game through the hardware compatibility lab yet to detect and handle a large variety of hardware — video cards, CPUs etc," Zampella wrote. "Quite frankly, we aren't ready to deal with that yet, we are still making the game better."
Zampella added the team is not entirely confident about their PC optimisation at the moment and is still working on its minimum-specification optimisation.
"Currently the PC game isn't as easy to throw out for testing as the console is, because of the additional variables and configurations that we need to support," Zampella said.
He also mentioned the game's single player story has a few "wonderful secrets" that they are looking to preserve for the sci-fi sequel's official release rather than risk any pre-launch leaks.
"Our wonderfully curious PC players have proven in the past that they will dig out anything they can, and there's a risk that they could spoil some of our single player," Zampella explained.
While the news will certainly come as a disappointment for PC gamers, Zampella said they feel this decision will allow them to "concentrate on the real purpose of the tech test and focus on the server stability and scalability."
Besides giving gamers a taste of how the game will play, beta periods and tech tests are used by developers as an opportunity to stress test its servers and smoothen out any potential glitches or bugs before the game's official launch. Windows PC players, however, will have to wait until the full game releases in October to try it out.
The developer has not specified a start date for the Titanfall 2 "multiplayer tech test." Console players, however, should expect the beta to kick off fairly soon.
Titanfall 2 is set to release on 28 October for PS4, Xbox One and PC.