If Respawn has shown anything so far with Titanfall, it's that they are dedicated to working on improving the game post release. Since Titanfall dropped back in march there have already been a series of updates bringing changes such as private matchmaking, titan burn cards and even a new game mode in the form of Marked For Death. The latest change to be announced is the upcoming Black Market. A bazaar of sorts for players to acquire items in an attempt to get the edge over their opponents.
Black Market is where players will be able to exchange a new in game currency, the oh-so-imaginatively named Credits, for packs of Burn Cards or special titan Insignia. These credits are earned for in game actions such as: winning or completing a match, earning that first win of the day, completing daily challenges and even by selling off unwanted Burn Cards. The special Insignia for so called “elite units” can only be unlocked via the Black Market.
Although the Burn Card packs are marketed as being somewhat random this doesn’t mean there is no control over the type of card received. Each of the eight packs are themed and give players some idea of the cards they may receive. With packs ranging from a fairly basic sounding “Standard” edition through to the likes of “Intel” and even allowing for a specific “Titan” set.
Crucially however Respawn has stated that this does not mean the arrival of microtransactions in Titanfall. A system like this being implemented means it isn’t that big of a logical leap to thinking microtransactions may be brought in at a later date. I’m hoping Respawn keep their word on this one though and that it remains an isolated system based on actually playing matches rather than using real life funds to gain a slight temporary advantage in-game.
For those who have hit level 50 and perhaps even maxed out at Gen 10, all that rather meaningless XP earned will finally have some use; XP earned in matches will also grant credits to spend on the market. Access to the market earned by hitting level 11 and does not reset after regeneration so players have no need to stock up on packs prior to regenerating.
The Black Market is expected to arrive with the fifth Titanfall update next week, on July 31 alongside the Frontier's Edge DLC. Respawn are also looking to add new item types into the Black Market in the future, so we could have new skins or even a new range of weapon attachments to look forward to. Until then, the ability to stock up on map hack will have to be enough.