Anticipation is high for EA Studios upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, which will have another playable demo at the D23 Expo in Anaheim this August.
While the game is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in North America on Nov. 17, executives recently revealed that Xbox One users will have a slight advantage over players on other platforms: They’ll be able to access the game first, with a few conditions.
The head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, confirmed on Twitter that players who are members of EA Access will be able to access the game before anyone else.
EA Access is a subscriber-based service that EA offers to allow players to access its games earlier than official release dates as well as play EA-published games as often as they want. It costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 for a full year. Microsoft is the only company that allows players to take advantage of this service, as Sony passed on signing on to EA’s deal.
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It’s unclear exactly how far in advance players can get Battlefront, but reports say that it could be up to a few days to little more than six hours. Either way, that’s plenty of time for players to become skilled at the game and familiarize themselves with the environments.
As we get closer and closer to the game’s release date, the game’s developers at DICE have been leaking out more and more information as well. Recently, while responding to a series of fan questions, they said that the Survival move seen in official gameplay footage will only be playable as a Rebel character. However, they confirmed that if players prefer to use Imperial factions, there will be specific game modes for this side as well.
Stay tuned for more info about Battlefront from D23 and other avenues as the game prepares to launch.