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Titanfall patch adds private matches

Gooser challenge, other balance tweaks included

A Titanfall update releasing Thursday adds support for private matches across all platforms.

The online-only shooter previously required all players to find games through its matchmaking system. Respawn Entertainment noted that the private match features is still in beta, however it will allow access to any map and mode.

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Private matches do not generate any experience points or contribute to challenge progress, though they still take place on dedicated servers. The option to tweak setting like round time and score limits will arrive in future updates.

Respawn Entertainment producer Drew McCoy previously confirmed that private lobbies for friends and competitive teams were on the drawing board.

The patch also scales down the game's Gooser challenge, which originally called for players to score 50 kills on pilots ejecting from Titans. According to a previous update the challenge will now require only five, "considering the unique conditions that have to be met in order to have the opportunity to get a kill on an ejecting Pilot."

Players who completed the original Gooser challenge will have their effort recognized in a future update.

Several other balance changes are detailed on Titanfall's official website.

Respawn announced on Tuesday that it had scaled back tweaks to Titanfall's matchmaking until it could resolve issues that left some players without matches for extended periods. The Xbox 360 version of the game released this week to positive reviews.

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