Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Beta

Hector Diaz, Photographer

Battlefront 2 is an upcoming multiplayer-shooter video game based on the long-running Star Wars franchise and serves as a sequel to DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront (2015). Set for release on November 17, EA has announced an open beta for the game beginning on October 4 for those who preordered the game. It will then open up to all gamers on October 6, and is planned to run until October 9.


The beta will release with four game modes available as well as new class systems, each with their own unique abilities. Galactic Assault sees players assuming the role of attacking Battle droids or defending Clone troopers battling in the capital of Naboo. Starfighter Assault puts players in the middle of a space battle, as either an Imperial or Rebel pilot. Flying in iconic ships such as the Rebel X-wing or the Imperial TIE fighter, rebels are trying to destroy an Imperial Star Destroyer while the Empire must hold them back.  Strike Mode allows players to either fight for the First Order as they try to retrieve an artifact, or the Resistance as they repel the enemy. A new addition to the game, Arcade mode allows player to test their skills offline by themselves or with a friend, in a solo or split screen game with A.I. bots. Galactic Assault and Starfighter Assault will also allows players to assume the roles of iconic “Heroes” of the franchise, such as Han Solo and Boba Fett in Galactic Assault, or the Millennium Falcon and Slave-1 in Starfighter Assault.


Star Wars fanatic and gamer, Mario Lopez, 12, is excited to try out the beta when it releases and experience the new changes and game modes.


“I am a big fan of Star Wars – been seeing them since I was 4,” Lopez said. “I preordered the game a couple months ago, and I’m planning on playing the beta when it comes out.”


The open beta will prove to be crucial for the reboot of the series, as it will give gamers a glimpse of what’s to come at the November release date. While only a few game modes are available for the beta, the full release will see the inclusion of many different maps such as the Clone homeworld of Kamino and the icy planet of Hoth. In addition to displaying all the new changes and game modes, the beta will allow developers to make any final changes and additions that are necessary to better balance and polish the game.


PC gamer and huge Disney Fan, Matthew Rodriguez, 12, has big hopes for the game’s final release, and would like to see the addition of some old favorites as well as new additions.


“I hope to see the return of A-wings, the addition of Chewbacca, droids, and space battles.” Rodriguez said. “I am also hoping for a good campaign story once the game is in full release.”


While EA has stated than any progress made in the beta will not carry over to the full game, they are still offering an incentive: any players who participate in the beta will receive an exclusive Founders Crate, which contains a rare Star Card as well as a unique emote for one of the heroes, Darth Maul, for players to use when playing online.


Gamer and a big fan of the Multiplayer-Shooter genre, Gisselle Ramirez, 12, is looking forward to try out what may be one of the biggest games of the year.


“I am planning on playing the beta, because any game is worth playing with a friend,” Ramirez said. “I’m looking forward to Heroes v. Villains when it is released. I want to see it continue to grow and expand.”


In addition to the Founders Crate, anyone that has preordered the game prior to October 9 will also receive an exclusive skin for Rey and Kylo Ren based on their appearance in the upcoming Star Wars VIII as well as a epic tier Star Card for Lightsaber Mastery.


While originally planned for a 4-day beta trial, on October 9 EA announced that the beta would be extended by two days and shall run until October 11 in order to give players more time to enjoy all that Battlefront 2 has to offer.