Originally Posted by aaronwt
What is the info? The site is blocked here at work for me.
"We've managed to get The Art of Titanfall book ahead of its release on February 25 and, in doing so, uncovered a range of new details on the weapons, maps, story and even the monsters of Titanfall.
That's not a typo. Here... there be monsters.
Before we get to that, let's start with the details we'd already had a whiff of. Those maps that were data-mined from the beta are apparently legit, as there are entries for Colony, Boneyard, Corporate, Overlook, Nexus, Airbase, Outpost 207 and Lagoon in the book. Additionally, there's also an entry that seems to be more lore-focused for a planet called Demeter, the "red giant". It's described as an IMC stronghold that serves as a refuelling point for long-distance jumps, which makes sense seeing as it's named after the Greek goddess of agriculture.
In terms of the other maps, there's new info. Lagoon was once a tranquil place, until an IMC megacarrier crashed into the middle of it. The result is an arena that's going to be tight and confined. Overlook is of a similar size, but its a prison complex, designed to hold Militia prisoners of war. Corporate is the Hammond Corporation's headquarters, and looks both sleek and modern, while Colony features a crashed carrier and has long been out of the IMC's reach.
The accompanying text for Outpost 207, meanwhile, gives us one of our first proper insights into how Titanfall's narrative will be woven into the multiplayer gameplay. "Militia leader MacAllan is especially keen to make an assault when IMC’s capital ship IMS Sential pulls in for repair, although no Outpost-protected facility has ever been breached before," it reads, "An audacious plan to use a derelict ship as bait is hatched, but IMC forces are unlikely to be fooled quite so easily." It seems, then, that in the case of Outpost 207, this is the backdrop your firefights will take place against.
Then we have Nexus and Airbase. There's a lot of art for Nexus, which is set on a planet called Harmony, that has quite a strong mechanical edge to it. Apparently the map was originally planned to feature a huge space elevator that ferried cargo out of the atmosphere, but this was abandoned in favour of a more terrestrial battleground. Airbase, meanwhile, is a distant moon of Demeter. It's got 'dog whistle defences' - giant sonic emitters to keep local wildlife away. Interestingly, it was designed as a gameplay experiment, in a bid to see how giving Titans a tactically superior higher "hill" to hold works.
Finally there's Boneyard. It's set on Planet Leviathan in the Badlands system. The planet is named after the local fauna, huge monsters that drove the IMC off-planet and forced them to abandon it. Their skeletal remains provide the backbone for the world and it looks spectacular. There's art showing the IMC battling local flying creatures, while Leviathans disappear into the clouds in the background, looking reminiscent of the gargantuan creatures glimpsed at the end of Frank Darabont's movie adaptation of The Mist.
So, what does this mean? Was the original reason the Titans were developed because of the hostile local wildlife encountered on these foreign worlds? It's an exciting thought, one made even more so by the accompanying news that some of the creatures "will walk or fly around levels harmlessly until people interfere. Others will attack when you just stare at them." Looks like you'll have more than just the Militia and IMC to worry about then. Will you be able to set up traps featuring the wildlife and unsuspecting foes?
Looking at the section focused on vehicles, a range of hitherto unseen tech is listed, including Drones and Gorilla Tanks. Could these be high level burn cards reserved for those that wrack up killstreaks?
A number of weapons are also revealed. The Arc Cannon looks set to fire bolts of lightning that can hit multiple targets, and is designed to be used as a short-range, high-damage option. The Rail Gun, meanwhile, shoots pure plasma and boasts high damage, range and accuracy. Finally, the Avenger looks like it could be the Chaingun masquerading under another name, but we can't be sure."