Beta-test the Force in Star Wars Battlefront this October

— 1:07 PM on September 1, 2015

We've been aching to get our hands on Star Wars Battlefront ever since EA released the game's first trailer. The subsequent gameplay videos left us wanting more. Now, EA says players will be able to dive into a Star Wars Battlefront beta in early October. Count us in.

The beta will include two modes we've sort of seen before: large-scale battles on Hoth, and a survival mode on Tatooine. Up to 40 players at a time can partake in the walker assault on Hoth, where a fortunate (and skilled) few will be able to fill the boots of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. For those who prefer insurmountable odds, two players can also take on a survival mission in the desert of Tatooine, fighting off wave after wave of Imperial forces. A third mode in the upcoming beta is called Drop Zone, but EA is mum on the details of that mode for now.

The Star Wars Battlefront Companion app for Android and iOS will also become available at some point during the beta. Players can earn in-game currency in the companion app by playing the Base Command trading-card game, which they can then use to purchase extras like special weapons in the main game. The companion app will also serve as a social hub, where players can check up on stats, customize character appearances, and see when friends are in the game. 

The Battlefront beta will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The final version of the game launches on all three platforms on November 17.

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