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The Star Wars Battlefront beta is set to launch in just three days and, when it does, players will get to side with the Empire or the Rebels in order to vie for control of a galaxy far, far away. Before Oct. 8 hits, though, the team over at PlayStation has put together a handy rundown of everything you’ll need to know, no matter what platform you actually play on.
Since the Battlefront beta will be open to all comers when it launches on Oct. 8 (or earlier for Xbox One players), anyone who wants to check out the game before its Nov. 17 full release can do exactly that in just three days’ time. If you find yourself in that particular camp, you might want to check out a rather lengthy FAQ the PlayStation Blog has put together for the upcoming beta.
PlayStation’s Ryan Clements spoke with Battlefront Community Manager Mat Everett to get all of the details from EA and DICE directly, amounting to all sorts of interesting tidbits that should have you ready for battle in no time.
Running from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12, the Battlefront beta comes in at about 7GB, in case you were wondering how much of your precious hard drive space you’d need to forfeit. As outlined last week, the beat will include a trio of modes and maps, including a Walker Assault on Hoth, the Drop Zone mode on Sullust and even a Survival Mission on Tatooine for those of you who prefer to play solo or co-op. The full game will include quite a few more maps and modes, but this should give everyone a nice taste of what’s to come. As a reminder, two-player splitscreen is an option.
The level cap for the beta is five, but none of your progress from the four-day beta will carry over into the full game. The “Hero” function will be live in the beta, meaning you’ll probably get a chance to take on the role of Luke or Darth Vader at some point.
Full character customization will not be activated for the beta, with players having access to one gun from the start and the ability to unlock two more through progression to level five. More gear can also be earned through Star Cards, but the team is keeping all of that a secret for the time being. As for vehicles, you’ll be able to take control of an X-Wing, A-Wing, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, AT-ST and a Snowspeeder. Folks fighting for the Empire can also take charge of the AT-AT weapons systems.
There are far too many to just regurgitate them here, but there are also a bunch of nice tips and tricks on offer to give you an edge when the beta launches. There’s also a reminder that the Battlefront companion experience will be live for the beta, giving access to a mini-game, loadout customization and the like. That’ll only be available through a web browser during the beta and as an app once the full game arrives.