The beta for Star Wars Battlefront surpassed nine million players on October 11. That distinction makes it EA’s largest beta event ever, and it signals good news for the future of Battlefront.
Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, the producer of Star Wars Battlefront, praised the players in a post on the game’s official website.
“We could not be happier that so many of you wanted to come in to get a small taste of what our passionate team has been working on,” Ingvarsdottir said. “The beta has been one of the most talked about topics around the game over the last six months, and it was exciting (and a little nerve racking if I’m being completely honest) to open it up to the world.”
At E3 2015, it was announced that Star Wars Battlefront would have local split-screen co-op, as well as online co-op and competitive multiplayer. Players will be able to pilot all the classic Star Wars vehicles and choose a side in the war between the Empire and the Rebels. Characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will be included in the game, which will be rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
We observed from the E3 demo that Battlefront seems to be pushing that rating about as far as it can go, in terms of violence.
Multiplayer modes were revealed on the official website back in September. Some modes, like Fighter Squadron Mode, are exclusively about vehicles, while others put you on the surface of familiar Star Wars planets to defend checkpoints. The Walker Assault mode is based on the famous “Empire Strikes Back” scene where the Rebel forces on Hoth take down an Imperial Walker. Of course, if you’re playing on the Empire’s side you want to keep that Walker walking.
Star Wars Battlefront will launch on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sony is offering a special Darth Vader PlayStation 4 bundle at launch to entice players.