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Titanfall 2

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Titanfall 2
Titanfall 2 cover
Developers
Respawn Entertainment
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Source[1]
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2016
Reception
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 87
IGDB 89
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Free-to-grind
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Robot
Themes Sci-fi
Series Titanfall
Titanfall 2 on HowLongToBeat
Titanfall 2 on IGDB
Titanfall 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Titanfall 2 on MobyGames
Titanfall 2 on Wikipedia
Titanfall
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Titanfall 2 2016
Apex Legends 2019

Titanfall 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person shooter and vehicle combat game in the Titanfall series.

General information

Official forums
Official Titanfall Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Origin
Windows
Amazon.com
Origin
Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Ultimate Edition.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Origin
Ultimate Edition. Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
Windows
Steam
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Origin
Ultimate Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
All versions require Origin DRM. Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on March 2017.[2]

Monetization

Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

Microtransactions

Type Notes
Boost One-time purchase of "Jump Start Pack" unlocks all Titan and character's tactical abilities and grants 500 Credits and 10 "XP x2" tokens.
Cosmetic Skins for weapons, characters and Titans.
Currency Credits can be earned only through gameplay.
Free-to-grind Credits earned through playing can be used to permanently unlock weapons, skins, executions and abilities for both Titans and characters.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -novid command line argument
Alternately, move or delete the video files[3]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\r2\media.
  2. Move or delete the following files: ea.bik, all legal_*.bik files, menu_act01.bik, respawn.bik.
Deleting menu_act01.bik is not necessary, but game will boot faster and exit to menus faster.

Raw mouse input

Reduces input lag and makes mouse more responsive.
Use the +m_rawinput 1 command line argument

Additional graphical options

Some of the graphical options can not be changed by the in-game menu, but there is a way to change them manually.
Instructions
  1. Find and open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Respawn\Titanfall2\local\videoconfig.txt in a text editor.
  2. Find and modify those parameters for better visual quality:
"setting.cl_particle_fallback_multiplier" [0-1] - controls draw distance of the particle effects. Recommended value is "0"
"setting.cl_ragdoll_maxcount" [0-∞] - controls amount of the ragdolls on the ground. Recommended value is "16"
"setting.mat_picmip" [-10-4] - controls resolution of the textures. Recommended values are something between "-1" and "-10"
Lower values, like -10 can cause stuttering.
"setting.r_decals" [0-∞] - controls amount of the decals rendered at the same time. Recommended value is "1024"
"setting.shadow_depthres" [0-∞] - controls quality of the spot shadows. Recommended value is "2048"
"setting.fadeDistScale" [0-∞] - controls fade distance of the models. Recommended value is "3.000000"

3. Save modified file and make it read-only.

Game data

In-game advanced HUD settings.
In-game advanced HUD settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Respawn\Titanfall2\profile\profile.cfg
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Respawn\Titanfall2\local\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1237970/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Respawn\Titanfall2\profile\savegames\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1237970/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Game acquired from Steam will launch via Origin and uses Origin's Cloud Saves
Xbox Cloud

Video

In-game video settings
In-game video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Letterboxed to 16:9 when using 4:3 or 5:4 resolutions.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes and loading screens are pillarboxed 16:9. Certain resolutions may require update to configuration file.
4K Ultra HD
Certain resolutions may require update to configuration file.
Field of view (FOV)
70-110°. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Certain windowed resolutions may require update to configuration file.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use the -window -noborder command line arguments
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TSAA, up to 8x MSAA, and up to 8x EQAA.
Also supports Adaptive Supersampling: "Dynamically raises rendering resolution if the game is running faster than the target framerate." Option is unavailable if resolution exceeds 16K either horizontally or vertically.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled, Double/Triple buffered, Dynamic and Nvidia Adaptive (Half-refresh) V-Sync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Up to 144 FPS by default. Unlocked with +fps_max unlimited or v-sync enabled in game and disabled in driver, but does not appear to increase visual smoothness.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode

Resolution

Certain resolutions under Graphics settings may not be selectable even when not using Nvidia DSR or AMD VSR, such as anything higher than 1920 horizontal pixels by 1080 vertical pixels.
Users with NVIDIA graphics cards that support GeForce Experience can use the game optimization feature and configuration in GeForce Experience to update the resolution.
Set to unlisted resolution[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open videoconfig.txt.
  3. Change setting.defaultres value to the desired horizontal resolution.
  4. Change setting.defaultresheight value to the desired vertical resolution.

Field of view (FOV)

Set max to 120[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open profile.cfg.
  3. Change cl_fovScale value to 1.70.

Depth of field

Disable depth of field[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\r2\cfg and create a file called autoexec.cfg.
  2. Paste bindtoggle f3 dof_enable, then save the file.
  3. Set the game's command line arguments to +exec autoexec.cfg.

Notes

Depth of field is re-activated after every match: hence the keybind, in order to deactivate it again.
Toggle in-game with the F3 key. Replace f3 with another key to change keybind.
Disables depth of field for weapons. Also disables ADS and cinematic depth of field

Input

In-game controls settings
In-game controls settings

Audio

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[8]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Background sounds are only captioned during dialogues.
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Region locked to Polish and Russian in Poland. Changing language to any other languages is impossible.[9]
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Change Language

Change in-game language[10]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\bin\x64_retail\tier0.dll in a hex editor, such as HxD.
  2. Search for en_US and modify it to the desired language, e.g. de_DE for German.
See the SteamDB Depot for a list of available language codes.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Uses cloud servers and bare metal.
Self-hosting
Use Northstar.
Direct IP

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Titanfall 2.
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Cannot select higher resolution than native one when using Nvidia DSR or AMD VSR

Set resolution in videoconfig.txt[11]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Respawn\Titanfall2\local\videoconfig.txt in a text editor.
  2. Modify setting.defaultres and setting.defaultresheight to the desired resolution width and height, and save the file.
  3. The game should now run at the selected resolution.
Please note changing video settings in-game will reset the resolution to whatever is selected in the game menu.

Game too dark or (with higher brightness) colors are washed out

Titanfall 2 can natively only adjust brightness, not gamma level.
Use external injector[12]

Use an external tool such as SweetFX (function "Lift Gamma Gain") to increase the gamma level of the image.

Selecting Video settings in game causes crash or Titanfall 2 only launches in windowed mode

Because of desktop scaling in Windows 10, Titanfall 2 has difficulty running in full-screen mode and/or crashes when going into Video Settings.
In thte Nvidia Control Panel, under "Adjust desktop size and position", either select "no scaling" or put "Perform scaling" on GPU.

Audio Configuration defaults to 7.1 Surround

The game may set the audio configuration to the maximum available configuration for any audio device even if the output device is set to stereo.
Run the game with the -channels 2 command line argument.

Can't join online servers on Intel 10th-gen CPUs or higher

Error message: "Contacting Respawn servers... Data Center: Searching..."

The game is affected by the OpenSSL SHA bug.
See Bypass OpenSSL SHA bug on Intel 10th gen and later CPUs.[13]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Interface Qt
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line parameters

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
-novid Disables intro videos
-high Force Titanfall to launch as a high priority process
-noborder Removes the border around the window
-window Runs the game in windowed mode (use with the above for real borderless)
-fullscreen Runs the game in fullscreen mode
+showfps_enabled X 1 Enables a simple FPS counter at the top-right of the screen
2 Enables a large debug graph that displays FPS, frame times, CPU wait time and average high/low FPS
+cl_showfps X 1 Enables a small alternate FPS counter at the top-right of the screen
2 Enables a small alternate FPS counter in the top-left
+cl_showpos 1 Displays player name, position, angle, and velocity information on the top-left of the screen
+m_rawinput 1 Raw mouse input, may fix mouse lag (or may have no effect[14])
-nomenuvid 1 Disables looping video on the main menu
-automatchmake Launches multiplayer as soon as the game connects to the servers
-width Specify resolution width. Game crashes if less than 800
-height Specify resolution height. Game crashes if less than 600
-channels Specify the audio channel configuration
+FPS_max 75 Specify FPS limit (Change 75 to desired limit).

Enable Quicksave and Quickload

Modify custom.cfg[15]
  1. Create a file named custom.cfg in <path-to-game>\r2\cfg.
  2. Open the file in a text editor and paste the following:
 bind "f5" "save save1"
 bind "f9" "load save1"

3. Use +exec custom.cfg as a command line argument

Notes

As long as save file names are not repeated, multiple independent quicksave and quickload keys can be set.
These commands can be bound to any keys, not just F5 and F9, and the save file can have any name, just not savegame as that is the default autosave or checkpoint file name.
Despite "checkpoint saved" being shown upon each quicksave, quicksaving and quickloading is independent from the checkpoint/respawn system.

Mods

Grapple Stim

Allows the use of either the Grapple or Stim ability in the campaign instead of Cloak by adding a "Switch Ability" option in the controls menu that still lets you select Cloak, which requires a level restart to apply.
Requires Icepick to enable the mod
Disables multiplayer while Icepick is enabled. Just launch the game normally to play without mods.

Northstar

Adds the ability to host and join private or dedicated servers, with multiple new gamemodes and enhancements.
Now supports Attrition.[16]
Disables campaign while running, but does not override base Titanfall 2 files, and is launched separately. Campaign is still playable as normal as a result.
Automatic installation[17]
  1. Go to the R2Northstar Wiki and choose an installer/launcher of your liking.
  2. Go to the GitHub/Thunderstore repository of the chosen installer/launcher (r2modman, Viper or VTOL) and download it by either clicking "Download" or "Manual Download" button, depending on chosen installer/launcher.
  3. Follow the installation instructions provided on the installer/launcher page.
Provides easy modding and updating.
Manual installation[18]
  1. Download the latest release from the official Northstar page.
  2. Extract the contents of Northstar.release.*.zip to <path-to-game>.
  3. Launch the game through NorthstarLauncher.exe in order to play on Northstar servers, or launch the game normally to play on the official servers and campaign mode.
Does not support modding or automatic updates.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3600
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1237970/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1237970) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. E3 2016: Respawn Talks Content Variety, Reworked Engine in Titanfall 2 - Hardcore Gamer - last accessed on 2016-10-23
    "On Titanfall we started with the Source engine; we replaced the renderer, we replaced the audio system, we replaced the net code. What we have now is very different from that. We have stuck with the Titanfall engine, but we did a lot of rendering improvements.There has been a whole bunch of areas where we make big changes to the engine, so there’s not a lot of Source left; we continue to rip out chunks and rewrite chunks and make it do exactly what we want to get out of this engine, and get the performance what we’re looking for."
  2. dsogaming.com - Titanfall 2 developer hopes that pirates will enjoy the SP and buy the game for its MP mode - last accessed on 2017-07-21
  3. Verified by User:Aday on 2018-11-10
  4. Reddit - last accessed on May 2023
  5. titanfall 2 resolution issue - last accessed on 2016-10-01
  6. Titanfall 2 - WSGF - last accessed on 2017-02-08
  7. TF2 - Disabling Depth of Field : titanfall - last accessed on 2018-11-10
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  9. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2021-09-04
    Copy bought on Origin itself. May apply to keys as well, based on experiences from Battlefield: Hardline and Need for Speed Payback.
  10. How to change language to English in Titanfall 2 (Region locked language) : titanfall - last accessed on 2021-10-27
  11. Titanfall 2 Graphics, Performance & Tweaking Guide | GeForce
  12. reddit.com - (PC) Is there a way to remove film grain effect ? : titanfall - last accessed on 2017-07-21
  13. Northstar Wiki - Can't Join Servers - last accessed on 2023-10-01
  14. Reddit comment by dev about launch options - last accessed on May 2023
  15. Youtube - how to setup quicksaves in titanfall 2 - last accessed on May 2023
  16. PCGamer - Titanfall 2's best mode comes to Northstar's fan-run servers - last accessed on May 2023
  17. Northstar Installers :: R2Northstar Wiki - last accessed on May 2023
  18. Manual installation :: R2Northstar Wiki - last accessed on May 2023