Star Wars fans who have been clamoring for a beta version of the upcoming Battlefront game are about to get their wish.
Electronic Arts on Monday announced plans to launch Star Wars Battlefront Beta in "early October" on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC leading up to game's official release on Nov. 17. EA called the beta a "technical test," which will feature several game modes, including Walker Assault on Hoth, a multiplayer battle between Rebels and the Empire supporting up to 40 players (20 versus 20).
Walker Assault will also give you the opportunity to play as two of the most iconic Star Wars characters: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
There's also a Survival Mission on Tatooine where you and a Rebel friend will need to "first back waves of Imperial forces," EA said. Finally, the beta will include a new mode called Drop Zone, but EA isn't ready to give away too many details about it at the moment. The company promised more info on Drop Zone in the weeks ahead.
Meanwhile, coming alongside the beta will be a new Web and mobile companion experience, which will feature the strategic card game Base Command, letting you earn in-game credits that unlock Star Cards and weapons. The companion also lets you check game stats and your progression, connect with friends, and get notifications when they're playing. The Star Wars Battlefront Companion will be available on the Web, App Store, and Google Play during the beta.
Note that you will need an Internet connection to participate in the beta. Gameplay progress, achievements, characters, and character data achieved in the beta will not transfer to the Star Wars Battlefront main game. Not that this is pre-release software and may contain errors and defects, so play at your own risk, EA warned.