The Battlefield 1 Open Beta will begin on August 31 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin, EA and DICE announced today. If you sign up to be a Battlefield Insider by August 21 and select your platform preference, you’ll receive a code to access the Open Beta early.
“From infantry skirmishes in the narrow streets of the village of Bir el Mazar to dogfights above the majestic cliffs, you’ll need to make tactical use of the dunes as you engage in explosive battles,” EA says of the Sinai Desert map included in the Open Beta. “When all hope is lost, reinforcements will arrive in the shape of a powerful Behemoth: a deadly Armored Train charging through the desert sands.”
The Open Beta also includes two modes:
- Conquest – An all-time fan favorite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.
- Rush – A 24-player mode where the Attacking force must find and destroy the Defending force’s Telegraph Posts, which can be used to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the Attackers their mission by disarming explosives they plant on the telegraph positions. Should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to the next sector and protect the Telegraph Posts there.
The beta fineprint adds that your progress, achievements, characters, character data, and anything else achieved through gameplay won’t transfer over to the full game when it launches on October 21.
Featuring God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash, the new gameplay trailer gives you a look at the horses, tanks, armored trains, and more that you’ll find in Battlefield 1.
If you want to see Open Beta gameplay early, the Squads livestream will take place tomorrow, August 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET on Twitch.