An awakening is coming. On October 8th. For four days, you will be able to play the Star Wars Battlefront beta on the platform of your choice – PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. It’s called a beta, but it’s more like a demo. EA probably got tired of everyone hounding them about letting us play Battlefront early.
DICE will be looking to test out their servers and matchmaking with this beta. There’s no server browser on Star Wars Battlefront so that “new skill-based matchmaking system” better work. Or DICE, you could just give us the server browser. Why was it taken out to begin with? DICE is known for Battlefield. Battlefield is known for server browsers. Yet Battlefront doesn’t have the feature. Weird.
Anyways, let’s all pray, cross our fingers, rub a rabbit’s foot or whatever you do for good luck and hope Battlefront’s servers are ready on day one.
Enough of me complaining. It’s Star Wars. It could be garbage, and I’ll still play it. Here’s what we will be playing on October 8 – 12.
Walker Assault on Hoth. We’ve seen countless videos. Now we will all get to play it. 40 players face off on the icy world. Will you fight with the Rebel Alliance and take out the AT-AT’s with a squadron of Y-wing bombers? Or join the Empire and destroy the Rebel objective.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the better half of three months, here’s a gameplay video of Walker Assault on Hoth.
Drop Zone on Sullust. Not a fan of the huge multiplayer matches? Drop Zone should be more your style. Two teams of 8 players face off with the goal of capturing escape pods that crash down across the map. DICE describes the mode as similar to “King of the Hill.” The first team to capture five pods wins. Or, whoever controls the majority after the 10-minute match timer is up.
Survival Mission on Tatooine. Star Wars Battlefront does not have a story mode. Survival Mission is as close as you will get to playing by yourself. What is Survival Mission? You, or a friend can join you, will fight off waves of Imperial Forces across Battlefront’s maps.
DICE also offered a few more details about the Star Wars Battlefront beta. You won’t be advancing past level five, and stats and progression will not carry over into the final game. No real surprise there. As for download size, the Xbox One and PS4 versions clock in at around 7GB. The PC version comes in at closer to 11GB.[divider][/divider]
EA knows they have a winner on their hands with Star Wars Battlefront. It’s Star Wars for crying out loud. The map count is a little concerning, but I imagine EA is already cooking up a Star Wars Battlefront Premium. What EA should do is take a page out of Halo 5: Guardians or Rainbow Six: Siege. Offer free map DLC. Will they? I doubt it. Premium has been a huge hit for EA, and I don’t see them abandoning it anytime soon.
Star Wars Battlefront is coming on November 17, 2015. One month later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What a time to be a Star Wars fan.