When the Star Wars Battlefront beta begins on October 8 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners, it will require you to have an online connection even when playing Survival Mission mode offline with a friend through couch co-op.
Community Manager Mat Everett explained the details over on the EA Star Wars website:
For the Beta, an Internet connection is required to play Missions. However, when Star Wars Battlefront ships on November 17 you will be able to play Missions offline.
Giving out some more details on the PlayStation Blog, Everett re-confirmed that the beta is “open to all PS4 players [around the globe]. There’s no need to register so you can dive into the game and join the fight.” Additionally, PlayStation Plus isn’t required to access the beta.
Everett then talked about how this is a technical test and there may be some downtime:
“[The beta is] an opportunity for the team at DICE to test various aspects of Star Wars Battlefront and its online infrastructure. Because of this, you may experience interruptions to gameplay.”
“As this is a technical test, there will most likely be downtimes and restarts, etc. Full details and updates will be posted on the forums.”
A 7GB download, the beta includes Walker Assault on Hoth, Drop Zone of Sullust, and Survival Mission on Tatooine. As well, the cap is level 5 (you can still unlock items after hitting the cap), stats and progression will not carry over to the final game or final Companion experience, you’ll be able to choose from three control schemes (default, Southpaw, Lefty), Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are available in Walker Assault once you locate the hero power-ups, you’ll be able to customize the weapons and gadgets of your character, and while specific character customization isn’t in the beta, you’ll be able to choose from randomly generated male and female models.
Here’s the weapons and vehicles you can expect:
Rebel players will start off with the A280C blaster and can play to unlock the DH-17, DLT-19, and E-11 blasters. There are a few other weapons players can unlock via Star Cards, but we don’t want to spoil those. Keep in mind, the Beta only offers a taste of weapons, Star Cards, and features. We plan to reveal more weapons on our official site before November 17.
With the limited selection of weapons in the Beta, the Imperial troops will be able to unlock the same weapons as the Rebels. The difference is they will start off with their own trusted E-11 blaster. Don’t worry, they won’t miss too many shots…
Players will be able to pilot an X-wing, A-wing, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, AT-ST and a Snowspeeder. You’ll also be able to control the weapons system of the mighty AT-AT.
EA didn’t say when the beta would start on October 8, or when it would end on October 12.