Every shooter and Star Wars fan across the world has been begging for it, and EA is finally delivering. A Star Wars: Battlefront beta is coming in early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Origin).
We all remember the gameplay reveal on the icy world of Hoth.
Now we all get to try it ahead of the game’s November 17th release. The beta includes Walker Assault on Hoth. On top of the 40-player mayhem, we’ll also get our hands on Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Get ready for scores of YouTube videos showing how overpowered these two hero classes are.
Next month’s beta will also feature Survival Mission on Tatooine. A brand-new mode, Drop Zone, will also make an appearance during the beta.
DICE and EA describe the beta as a “technical test.” The game will be pretty much done by the time the beta launches. Next month’s beta will be about testing server infrastructure and game balance. Server infrastructure needs to be the main focus. Battlefield 4 was a fantastic game, but the first few months were a nightmare. Can DICE launch Star Wars: Battlefront without crippling server issues? I hope so, but there’s no way in hell I’m putting money on that.
Star Wars: Battlefront continues a great trend
Star Wars: Battlefront is just the latest game to conduct a massive beta test prior to release. And it’s a welcome trend.
Beta tests are great for everyone. For us, it gives everyone a chance to play the game and see if it’s something we are willing to throw $60 at. For publishers, it’s a great way to build hype heading into the game’s release. And for developers, it gives them a massive testing opportunity that can reveal balance issues and more.
While Star Wars: Battlefront’s beta is a glorified demo, other developers are embracing the community feedback to address their respective titles.
343 Industries released a multi-week beta late last year. That beta helped make sure the developers were on the right track with their multiplayer feature set. Plus, the beta was early enough that the feedback received from the community could be incorporated into the game.
Ubisoft’s closed alpha for Rainbow Six: Siege helped point out issues with the game. Based on player feedback, Ubisoft decided to push the Siege’s release date back from October 13 to December 1. A beta is scheduled for September 24. This larger beta will focus on server infrastructure and matchmaking. Plus, gamers will have another chance to offer feedback to Ubisoft to make Siege the best possible game when it hits stores on December 1.
There aren’t any negatives to running a beta. Even Activision and Treyarch decided to run a beta with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Treyarch even took the time to patch weapons and Specialist abilities during the beta.
It’s this support that helps build a large and loyal fanbase.