Excited for Star Wars Battlefront? Well, the wait is almost over! It was just announced that the beta will be here in just a few short weeks!
The Star Wars™ Battlefront Beta will be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and on PC via Origin players between October 8 and October 12. So what should you expect in the beta? Here’s the information directly from EA:
The Beta will let you experience three modes spread across three iconic planets including:
Walker Assault on Hoth: Fight in epic 40-player battles as a Rebel to destroy the Empire’s onslaught of AT-AT’s by calling in Y-wing bombers. Or, side with the Empire and protect your walkers while utilizing their mighty weaponry to crush the Rebel objective.
Drop Zone on Sullust: Escape pods are crashing down and you and your team must fight to control them. With its frantic 8v8 matches, Drop Zone is sure to put your combat and strategy skills to the test.
Survival Mission on Tatooine: Play alone or with a friend via co-op or split-screen as you battle to hold off waves of Imperial forces including AT-ST’s, TIE fighters, elite stormtroopers and more.
In addition to the Star Wars Battlefront Beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on Origin for PC, you will also get a chance to try out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta only at www.StarWarsBattlefront.com, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets players check out game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and more.
If you have a couple questions, a Q and A was development to cover some of the most common questions:
What is the Star Wars Battlefront Beta?
The Beta is an opportunity for the team at DICE to test various aspects of the game and its online infrastructure. Because of this players may experience interruptions to their gameplay during the Beta period.
Do I need to register for the Beta?
The Star Wars Battlefront Beta is open to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC players. There is no need to register. The Star Wars Battlefront Companion is available during the beta to all players with an EA Account atwww.StarWarsBattlefront.com.
When is the Star Wars Battlefront Beta?
The Star Wars Battlefront Beta and Companion will be available on October 8 and will end on October 12. The Beta and Companion is open to players around the world, so everyone will get a chance to live out their Star Wars battle fantasies.
What time will the Beta and Companion be available on October 8?
Time will vary by platform and region. Please come back and visit the Star WarsBattlefront Beta hub or follow us on Twitter for all the latest information.
When will the Beta and Companion end?
The Beta will end on October 12. Exact times vary by platform and region.
Where can I find the Beta?
For PlayStation 4, the Beta will be available in the PSN Store. For Xbox One, players can find it in the Xbox Live Marketplace. On Origin for PC, it will be under the Demo & Betas section of the Origin store.
How big will the Beta download be?
On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the download will be around 7GB. On Origin for PC, the download will be close to 11GB.
Can I pre-load the Beta?
You can pre-load the Beta on Origin for PC beginning at 1am PT/10am CET on Wednesday, October 7th. Check https://www.origin.com/store/free-games/demos-betas on October 7th at 1am PT to start your pre-load.
Is there a level cap?
The Beta level cap with allow you to advance to level five. Once you hit the level cap you will no longer be able to progress to higher levels, though you will still be able to unlock items in the Beta.
Do my stats and progression carry over to the main game?
Stats and progression will not carry over to the final game or the final companion experience.
How many players does each mode support?
Walker Assault supports up to 40 players, 20 per side, with Drop Zone supporting 16. The Survival Mission can be played by yourself or with a friend via online co-op or local split-screen. Local split-screen is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only.
Will there be a mobile app for the Companion?
During the Beta, the Companion will only be playable via browser atwww.StarWarsBattlefront.com. Prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront, the Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store™ and Google Play™ store. Note that stats and progression earned during the beta will not carry over to the final Companion experience.
What browsers does the Companion support?
The latest version of Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, as well as Internet Explorer 11.
Are you ready for the beta? Let me know in the comments!
Looks like eSports has found a home on TV. In the past, some eSports events were shown on ESPN 2. Which caused some controversy, but looks like ESPN isn’t the only one who wants to cash in on the growing popularity of competitive gaming. TBS – Turner Broadcasting System – is one of the biggest TV Networks in the United States. They’ve announced a partnership with Valve to create a new league in association with WME | IMG that will showcase the hit game ‘Counter Strike: Global Offensive” on their channel. If successful, they will branch out to other games.
According to the announcement “All aspects of the eSports league – including the live event experience – will be jointly managed by Turner Broadcasting and WME | IMG, with Turner Studios providing a state-of-the-art facility specifically created to showcase the live gaming competitions. Slated to begin in 2016, the televised presentation of the competitive gaming events will feature 10 consecutive weeks of programming twice per year – the most extensive commitment to televised eSports programming to date – airing Friday nights on TBS.”
The President of Turner Sports, Lenny Daniels shared his excitement of the partnership “We’re looking forward to creating a tremendous live event atmosphere, leveraging the infrastructure and expertise within Turner Studios, and presenting the competitions in an innovative way throughout our portfolio of leading brands.”
The partnership goes far beyond just TV exposure. Turner Broadcasting is making eSports a major focus of their brand. Even featuring up to date reports on their very popular sports website the Bleacher Report. The website will cover a lot of the behind the scenes information from Tuesday to Friday through each tournament week. So, essentially, Turner Broadcasting is treating this in the same way they cover any major sporting event. Live TV, and up to date reports through the Bleacher Report.
If this is successful, expect ESPN, and other majoring networks to start pushing to show eSports on television. With the demographic that TV networks rely on for advertising – 15 to 36 year old males – dwindling, and eSports becoming very popular with that group, it makes a lot of sense for TV networks to start showcasing this. Yet, eSports has been embraced greatly by a live streaming community. Only time will tell how they will compensate for that. What are your thoughts? Will you watch Counter Strike: Global Offensive on TV next year?