If you’ve been following the news on Star Wars: Battlefront 2, then you’ll know that there’s already a lot to be excited about. The announcement that all future DLC would be free came as a pleasant surprise to many players, though many of us were already sold on the game due to the inclusion of both the Galactic Civil War and the Clone Wars, the latter of which had been conspicuous in its absence from the first game. This, combined with all of the recent gameplay trailers that have been released, seems to indicate an installment worthy of the original series.
For those readers still uncertain on Battlefront 2, there will be an opportunity to try the game out for free this October. A previous Tweet from early July announced that the game’s first multiplayer beta would be beginning on October 4 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Details of the event were reportedly vague at the time, with little information otherwise available beyond the inclusion of the Starfighter Assault game mode. Luckily, recent developments have shed further light on the beta.
- As expected, the battle for Naboo in the city of Theed will be playable. The battle will take the form of the Galactic Assault 40-player game mode, in which players assume the role of either the Separatist Droids or the Republic Clone Troopers.
- The beta’s sole space battle is a 24-player fight around the planet of Fondor which, while not otherwise detailed in the leak, is briefly described as an “Imperial shipyard” on the Star Wars wiki.
- A mission called “Strike on Takodana.” Again, there’s few details included, though from the name players have begun to speculate about game mode similar to the aforementioned Assault on Theed. Takodana appears in The Force Awakens as the protagonists’ first stop while fleeing the First Order.
- This last map is described as “your beloved Skirmish that will be called Arcade or something like that.” No additional details have been revealed on this one.
There’s also expected to be solo, split-screen, and cooperative game modes available, an “LAAT” vehicle which the poster described as “it will go round and round like the U-Wing from Scraiff,” and 5-9 emotes for participants to play around with. Players will additionally have access to the credit and card collecting system, though they are expected to lose all progress when the beta event concludes.
While usually leaks like this are to be taken with a grain of salt on the Internet, the account who submitted the information, Some_Info, has an apparent history of submitting information on Battlefront 2 with a reasonable degree of validity.
The beta event is scheduled to take place on Oct. 4 for those who pre-ordered the game, Oct. 6 for everyone else, and to conclude on Oct. 9. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 launches in full on November 17 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $59.99.