DICE will allow gamers to try out Star Wars: Battlefront next week. You can sign up now for a shot at this closed alpha test even if you didn't pre-order the shooter.

The alpha test will be held on the PC through EA's Origin platform. You can register for consideration at the game's official website. Sign-ups will be allowed until June 30th. Selection for the test is said to be completely random.

Battlefront's alpha test will launch on July 2nd and run until an unknown date. PC gamers invited to participate will be able to start downloading the files on July 1st. If you're lucky enough to get an invite, here are the specs you'll need to run the game:
  • CPU: Quad Core CPU e.g. Intel Core i5-2300 @ 2.8 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 955 @ 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit operating system required)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 with 2 GB of Video Memory
The content of the alpha test is unknown. DICE says the purpose is to "perform a number of technical tests." I'd imagine players will be limited to a small amount of maps and modes.

If you don't get into the alpha, I wouldn't worry about it. I imagine there's going to be a wider test on PC along with tests on PS4 and Xbox One. DICE traditionally holds closed and open beta tests for its shooters prior to launch as well. They've been under the microscope after the big launch problems with Battlefield 4. They're going to do plenty of pre-release testing to ensure that the game's not a complete mess. It's a necessity for a multiplayer-only game like Battlefront.

EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore said earlier this week that they'd be willing to delay the game past its scheduled release date if there were problems:
You can’t ship it if it doesn’t work or the quality isn’t right. You just bite the bullet. Trust me, shipping Hardline in March was not the easiest thing to do from a business perspective, but it was the right thing to do from a player perspective.

If all goes according to plan, though, Star Wars: Battlefront will be debuting on November 17th on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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