DICE and Electronic Arts announced that the Battlefield 1 Open Beta will begin August 31st on Xbox One, PC via Origin and PlayStation 4. The company stated that players who sign up as a Battlefield Insider and choose their platform before August 21st will be eligible to receive early access to the Open Beta.
According to this morning’s announcements, the Battlefield 1 Open Beta will feature two franchise favorite modes – Conquest and Rush – on the new Sinai Desert map. Playable with up to 64 players, this map includes a new controllable Armored Train behemoth, rideable horses and three new Elite Classes – Sentry, Flame Trooper and Tank Hunter.
The game was first teased back in May, and since then fans have been awaiting for the open beta to test their machines against the new title. The beta will also give fans a chance to test out the new mechanics, and for EA to ready the servers that will certainly be hammered on opening day. The game will have the backdrop of World War 1, featuring horses, tanks and sentries.
Fans wanting to check out the Open Beta gameplay content before August 31st can do so by watching the Battlefield 1 Squads livestream on August 16th at 12pm PT at twitch.tv/battlefield or by coming to play the game this week at gamescom in Cologne, Germany. That is, if you happen to be going to Gamescom this year.
Battlefield 1 Squads will showcase two team captains, each leading a crew of 32 players, made up of the top Battlefield YouTube personalities, Twitch Streamers, and internet stars. Fans can also watch the new Battlefield 1 gamescom 2016 trailer below.
As for the game itself, Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC and PlayStation 4. Players who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 18, 2016. Also don’t forget that EA Access and Origin Access members can try Battlefield 1 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial starting October 13, on Xbox One and PC, respectively. EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of the game on Xbox Live, and Origin Access members get a 10 percent discount when they purchase the game through Origin.