Star Wars Battlefront beta will be open to all

There's been a great disturbance in the Force every time EA has doled out information about the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront. It's only fair, then, that the company is rolling out the welcome mat to everybody who wants to take part in the beta-testing phase of the game.

Community manager Matthew Everett confirmed this news in a blog post today, and he says the beta will cover the game's offline and online play modes, as well as network and split-screen co-op. PS4, Xbox One, and PC owners will all be able to get in on the action, too. Everett stopped short of revealing a launch date for the beta, but he did confirm that it's still on for next month.

That news comes along with details of the game's "Drop Zone" gameplay mode. This mode is a control-point-style mission in which opposing teams will need to capture and defend at least five escape pods of an unspecified number that will fall on a planetary surface during the course of battle. If neither team can accomplish that goal within 10 minutes, the team with the most pods in its possession will win. These missions will take place on familiar Star Wars worlds like Hoth, Sullust, Tatooine, and Endor.

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