You've seen the trailers, and read many accounts of the game played at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, and in just a few weeks, Star Wars: Battlefront is coming for four days as a beta on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Starting on October 8 and ending on October 12, players can check out three different game modes in the beta: Walker Assault, Drop Zone and Survival Mission. The biggest of the three modes is Walker Assault, pitting two groups of 20 players against each other on the icy world of Hoth, with one side attempting to break through enemy lines with Imperial troops and huge AT-AT Walkers while the Rebels try to stand fast in the trenches against invading forces.
If you're looking for something smaller, you can participate in eight-versus-eight matches on the planet Sullust in Drop Zone, where you fight to control escape pods as they drop from the sky; or you can survive multiple waves of enemies with a friend in a Survival Mission on Tatooine.
Players will be able to bring their character progression up to level five. However, don't get too attached, as the stats will not carry over to the final game. However, there will still be items available to unlock during that time. Obviously, Walker Assault and Drop Zone require an Internet connection to play, but for those on PS4 and Xbox One, Survival Mission can be played through local, split-screen cooperative gameplay.
In addition to the game beta, the developers are also testing the Star Wars: Battlefront Companion, an online browser experience that allows players to play Base Command, a strategic card game that provides in-game to unlock various items in Star Wars: Battlefront. The Companion is also used to find friends, check the stats of your character, and customize its appearance and weapon loadouts.
For PC gamers, you can pre-load the beta via EA's Origin service starting at 1am PDT on October 7. The entire beta game is close to 11 GB in size. The console version is smaller than the PC counterpart at 7 GB. Those on the PS4 and Xbox One will be unable to pre-load the game before the start of the beta period.