Star Wars Battlefront isn’t scheduled for release until Nov. 17, but if you’re planning to play the game on PC, you may have a shot at playing the game much earlier.
EA is preparing to launch closed alpha testing of the game soon, and it’s beginning to send out invites via email encouraging gamers to apply for the exclusive testing group. Remember, though, this doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the alpha testing. You can also apply to be part of the testing at the Battlefront website here. The deadline to apply is this Monday, June 29, by 8 p.m. EDT.
The game will be distributed through EA’s Origin game distribution system, kind of similar to Steam.
Basically, you’ll be helping the game’s developers DICE by playing through the game and drawing out all of the glitches and quirks they haven’t caught yet. It’s unclear exactly what levels or other aspects of gameplay will be available, although EA is stressing that the game is still under development so players shouldn’t form strong opinions about the game based on this version being tested.
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Here are the minimum requirements for your computer, although it’s important to note that these only apply to the current version of the game being tested, not the final Battlefront product:
- CPU: Quad Core CPU e.g. Intel Core i5-2300 @ 2.8 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 955 @ 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB
- OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit operating system required)
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 with 2 GB of Video Memory
The closed alpha testing will reportedly begin on Thursday, July 2.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones selected, there will be another chance for PC gamers to try out the game at San Diego Comic-Con next month.
EA will be allowing gamers to try out Battlefront on the PC at the Nerd HQ event. The Nerd Machine is putting on this event at the New Children’s Museum near the convention center. Although it’s not officially part of Comic-Con, the demo will be active all four days of convention and free access, so prepare for a long line.
Rounding out the Battlefront news this week is an odd statement from EA’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore, who said that the company wouldn’t be hesitant to delay the game if it ran into problems before its November launch. He told gaming magazine MCV that “you can’t ship it if it doesn’t work or the quality isn’t right.”
But then he follows that up immediately with the declaration “it ain’t going to happen [with Battlefront].” So, I guess we’re good then? Either way, stay tuned for more news on Battlefront as we approach the release date this fall.