Star Wars Battlefront PS4 beta: All your questions answered

Everything you need to know about the impending trial run

We’re days away from white-knuckle battles, blaster showdowns, lightsaber duels, and sweeping conflicts across iconic Star Wars vistas. The Star Wars Battlefront beta begins 8th October on PS4, welcoming prospective Rebels and Imperials from around the globe to sample Battlefront’s massive multiplayer modes.

To prepare you for the upcoming beta, we asked Battlefront Community Manager Mat Everett and our colleagues at EA and DICE to give us all the details on how to get in, get ready, and get playing. Let’s get started!


What is the Star Wars Battlefront beta?
Mat Everett: It’s an opportunity for the team at DICE to test various aspects of Star Wars Battlefront and its online infrastructure. Because of this, you may experience interruptions to gameplay.

When is it?
Mat Everett: The beta opens on 8th October to players all around the globe.

Do I need to register?
Mat Everett: Nope, it’s open to all PS4 players. There’s no need to register, so you can dive into the game and join the fight.

Do I need to be a PlayStation Plus member to play it?
Mat Everett: Nope! It’s open to all PS4 players with an internet connection.

Where can I find the beta?
Mat Everett: Head over to PlayStation Store.

How big will the download be?
Mat Everett: Around 7GB.

Will there be maintenance windows or updates?
Mat Everett: As this is a technical test, there will most likely be downtimes and restarts, etc. Full details and updates will be posted on the forums.

When will the beta end?
Mat Everett: 12th October. Exact times vary by region.

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What modes can I play once it starts?
Mat Everett: The beta includes three modes spread across three iconic planets, including:

  • Walker Assault on Hoth: Fight in epic 40-player battles as a Rebel to destroy the Empire’s onslaught of AT-AT’s by calling in Y-wing bombers. Or, side with the Empire and protect your walkers while utilizing their mighty weaponry to crush the Rebel objective.
  • Drop Zone on Sullust: Escape pods are crashing down and you and your team must fight to control them. With its frantic 8v8 matches, Drop Zone is sure to put your combat and strategy skills to the test.
  • Survival Mission on Tatooine: Play alone or with a friend via co-op or split-screen as you battle to hold off waves of Imperial forces including AT-ST’s, TIE fighters, elite stormtroopers, and more.

Is there a level cap?
Mat Everett: You can advance to level five. Once you hit the level cap you’ll no longer be able to progress to higher levels, though you’ll still be able to unlock items.

Do my stats and progression carry over to the main game?
Mat Everett: Stats and progression will not carry over to the final game.

How many players can play via split-screen on one PS4?
Mat Everett: You can play two-player split-screen on PS4 in the Survival Mission on Tatooine.

What control schemes will be available?
Mat Everett: Default controller layout, Southpaw, and Lefty options.

Can you play as a Hero unit during the beta?
Mat Everett: Of course! You can play as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Walker Assault. You just need to locate the hero power-ups across the battlefront.

How much customisation do you have over your character in the beta?
Mat Everett: You can customise their hands with weapons and gadgets! Specific character customization is not unlocked in the Beta, but you’ll see a mix of options as characters will be randomly generated with male and female models.

What weapons do the Rebels have access to in each game type?
Mat Everett: Rebel players will start off with the A280C blaster and can play to unlock the DH-17, DLT-19, and E-11 blasters. There are a few other weapons players can unlock via Star Cards, but we don’t want to spoil those. Keep in mind, the beta only offers a taste of weapons, Star Cards, and features. We plan to reveal more weapons on our official site before 17th November.

What weapons does the Empire have access to in each game type?
Mat Everett: With the limited selection of weapons in the Beta, the Imperial troops will be able to unlock the same weapons as the Rebels. The difference is they will start off with their own trusted E-11 blaster. Don’t worry, they won’t miss too many shots…

What vehicles will I pilot during the Beta test?
Mat Everett: Players will be able to pilot an X-wing, A-wing, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, AT-ST and a Snowspeeder. You’ll also be able to control the weapons system of the mighty AT-AT.


What are some strategies for each mode?
Mat Everett: Strategies can vary depending on how you like to play, but here are a few pointers that can give you an edge in your early matches.

Survival tips
Stick to the high ground and keep your distance from the waves of enemies — allowing them to get close can spell certain death. Capture the Drop Pod before and during wave three and utilize your power-ups to dominate the Imperial forces. Also, not all waves are just your typical Stormtroopers, so gear up to take on those pesky AT-ST walkers.

Tips on Drop Zone
In this mode you have a lot of options in play style thanks to the layout on Sullust. Keeping your distance is great if you’re using the cycle rifle, but this limits your ability to play the objective.

Getting up high with a jetpack can play to your advantage against Stormtroopers or Rebels running into the deep valley paths, but note that you can easily become blaster fodder if you’re not aware of your surroundings. Finally, you can play like me and run ‘n’ gun and focus on clearing out the Drop Pod areas and holding the objective.

Tips on Walker Assault
This mode is by far the most complex in the beta, with moving objectives, massive areas for battle, and keeping aerial assaults in mind — you’re going to be challenged in every way possible.

  • From the Rebel perspective: Capture both uplinks and hold them as long as you can. The longer you secure these key objectives, the more Y-wing bombers you unlock. These are key to weakening the AT-AT walkers and allow you to do significant damage to them. The AT-AT walkers only take significant damage while vulnerable.

Securing anti-vehicle rocket launchers and well-placed Ion grenades will be your go-to in the beta. But focus those AT-AT walkers when they’re vulnerable and you should be able to hold back the Empire.

Snowspeeders are by far the most efficient way to take down AT-AT walkers. Master the Tow Cable takedown and watch the Imperials fall. But watch out for those Imperial fighters as they can quickly blow you out of the sky.

  • From the Imperial perspective: Assaulting the Rebel base from all angles is important. Stopping the Rebels from securing uplinks and protecting your AT-AT walkers are your top objectives.

Utilising vehicle power-ups and securing the high ground across the map can help give you an advantage. If the Rebels can control the uplinks, get ready to take to the sky and defend your AT-AT walkers from X-wings, A-wings, and those pesky Snowspeeders.

To sum it up: attack and defend the uplinks, protect your AT-AT walkers, and destroy the Rebel scum!

Special note: Securing hero power-ups can help turn the tide of battle, so watch your back as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader take to the battlefront.


Is there a companion app I can use during the beta?
Mat Everett: Yes! You can try out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the beta only at, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star Wars Battlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets players check out game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and more.

What time will the Companion be available on 8th October?
Mat Everett: Time will vary by platform and region.

Will there be a mobile app for the Companion?
Mat Everett: During the beta, the Companion will only be playable via browser at Prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront, the Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Note that stats and progression earned during the beta will not carry over to the final Companion experience.

What browsers does the Companion support?
Mat Everett: The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11.

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Can I be a female Stormtrooper?


Female Imperials were’t recruited as soldiers. They were mostly assigned to Officer positions.


Not like the Peacekeepers, who had a truely sexually-equal ‘recruitment’ policy.


There are/were female stormtroopers, but they wear the same armour.


Preload, when?

Only preload for PC, which I am doing right now. Its sad as I am out tomorrow and my internet is terrible so by the time its on my PS4 ill only have 3 days to play :/

Yep, not all our questions are answered. We will be avaiable to pre-load the beta and if so, when?

Drop zone on star wars ? it’s not a call of duty game


It’s one mode. Calm down.


Have you given Luke Skywalker his proper outfit when on Hoth yet? You guys want to show authenticity, so give him his Episode V Hoth outfit and blue lightsaber.

He doesn’t obtain his black outfit and Green lightsaber until Episode VI.

Also can you port the companion app to Windows Phone too please? Don’t shaft us.

At last. My most anticipated game this decade is upon us.

It plays much better than expected imo.

Please for the love of God make surethe servers don’t fall over!


Yeah, no PS Plus for the beta :P.

rayna-monique 06 October, 2015 @ 00:01

I pre orderd the starwars ps4 console and this beta is awesome iv not played starwars In years yes I’m a girl yes I love PS4 YES I LOVE STARWARS

The_KD_Police 07 October, 2015 @ 13:17

“yes I’m a girl”

More bull then this game lol. Still gonna buy though, lets be honest its Star Wars.

“What control schemes will be available?
Mat Everett: Default controller layout, Southpaw, and Lefty options.”

And the PS4 with one of the last few updates lets you enable custom button assignments for any button, trigger, or analog stick.


That changes the scheme for the entire system though. It’s not specific to one game.


I doubt this game will sell well at a time when ground-breaking Retro-Pixel Art platformers are soooo popular, though it is quite refreshing to see something different and nearer to the standard we regularly got to see on the PS3 system.

Players have got used to just using the thumb-sticks and pressing X to jump for the past year or so. Battlefront could initially be quite overwhelming (possibly traumatic) to some ….but if players are able to jump in this game from one building to the next then that kind of platforming combat could well help sales.

jellyhedgehog 06 October, 2015 @ 13:18

Ha ha brilliant. The PS4 players react like someone playing Final Fight on the SNES who suddenly has to cope with all these buttons and a 3D environment. I’d like to press 0andX together to unleash a spinning move that drains power though. Or is that asking too much these days?


I’ve been skeptical about this for a while. But hopefully this beta will secure my pre order. Just don’t be stretching out any stormtrooper necks please EA. I’m all for quality rather than quantity in terms of comparing this to the old Battlefront games but we need to see some results. Also I better be able to pick Imperial every time, they’re much cooler.

(The Sith ‘Twobells’ gazed deeply at those around him, saying “damn, I’m so stoked!”)
Seriously though, what he really said was, “Tis a shame that the despised and weakly rebel cause cannot pre-load the beta on the PS4.”
True story.


On the 8th does that mean around 5pm UK time (when you normally can be bothered to update the store)? It’s 2015 and Sony still can’t update the store for just after midnight, hilarious.


I live in Belgium so that means it updates 1 hour later then UK, but I always get my store updates around 11 AM. Also what a lot of people don’t know is that at midnight al content is already available when using the search option. The design and changes on the store always happen a lot later, but content is always available. Hope that also counts for this game because it worked for Life is Strange

I have a problem with FEZ for ps3. After buying it downloads trial ps3 and vita ver. that redirects me to buy a full version for full prize. There are currently 2 FEZ’s on the store that you can buy…sonething is not right…fix it please.

After Battlefront joins everyones download queue, servers will be down for maintaince for at least 12 hours haha


So big question that is not answered it’s been the 8th for 6 and a half hours now. Pc owners are already playing the beta because they could pre download and as normal we get no information as to when we are getting it


Have read somewhere that it is 3pm UK for PS4


By the time the UK get it, they’ll have falsely advertised the Beta release. It should be “Beta will be available near the 9th October”, which would be far more accurate.

Fail to see why PS4 users couldn’t have just set midnight downloads and all be playing it like the pre-loaded PC gamers. Insanity.

Still cant see the beta in store.. i thought we could pre-load it yesterday and start playing today.

Anybody else sick of the uk getting the [DELETED] covered end of the stick what sort of time is a 4.30pm release time that is crap sony need to sort it out should be availbe from the second the date changes ie. Midnight or 1 minute past. Making us wait till more than half the day has passed is bull [DELETED].

So it’s 4:30pm when the beta goes live. Can’t download yet, so by the time I do eventually get to download it will most probably be the 9th til it’s playable. Oh well at least it runs for a while. Oh, the beta finishes on the 12th. So a 4 day one turns into 3 days for us in the UK. Hope they get their desired results from this.

Lets wait till all snot nosed mama banging kids finish school to be able to download lets wait till everyone finishs work today lets all wait and download it at same time lets wait for it to crash and burn


Am I missing something? I’ve been checking the Playstation Store constantly from midnight 8th October and can’t find any Battlefront Beta download anywhere.

JamesBong89045 08 October, 2015 @ 11:03

This is bad…. 1st no Smugglers Bounty subscription to the U.K. Now we are bottom of the pile to receive SWB beta… We seem to be a very unfavourable nation when it comes to sharing Star Wars?!


To think most of the original film was filmed in the UK.

when you pre-download the game on origin it says its playable 15:50 CET so i guess its the same for ps4, still cant find it in ps store though


With my crap internet speed I’ll be lucky to download it to play in time if it not available soon. Can’t get fiber in my area yet:(


So, in the UK we get the price increased on monthly subscription, and have to wait and extra day to play the beta. Why should we keep giving you money sony? The free games you offer are of no interest to most people people. But if your In the good old USA you get treated like a valued customer, no wonder Xbox is starting to catch you up with there sales.

I couldn’t find it on the store at 08:00 this morning :(

xXProPlayerBg1Xx 08 October, 2015 @ 12:23

i can’t to xbox already have it

xXProPlayerBg1Xx 08 October, 2015 @ 12:22

When will come the star wars beta .Xbox already have the beta in their store.Comon Sony i want to play this game


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Star Wars Battlefront PS4 beta: All your questions answered.
Except for the ones that matter. Like…. Where is it!!


Glad I’m not the only one that’s been eagerly checking despite the lack of accurate awareness of a release time. xD

Oh well… 1 day short for those of us in the UK, especially if you have low download speeds. :(
I heard the PC Beta is longer? o.O It’d be nice if this got extended after some time and fixe, but it’s probably gonna be unstable once it hits everywhere regardless.

I just wanna force choke some Rebels…


i have been refreshing the store site trying to see if it updates…

Why is the client being released at the same time as the beta starts. Doesn’t it make more sense to allow people to download it well before the beta started?


maybe because sony SUCKS in this situations…

Hi all, anybody knows when the beta is out in PlayStation store in the Uk. Thanks!


at this rate on 12th when the beta ends

Okay, we can ALL agree on that is hasn’t come out yet though it sure has passed its “bedtime”, just please post when someone has actually seen it come out on their respective ps store THANK UUUU

X_Blood_Curse_X 08 October, 2015 @ 13:53

Yeah..Where rhe hell is it? Just release something on time for once


SWBF go’s live on the PSN store uk around 4.30pm GMT



jugdement_is_now 08 October, 2015 @ 15:13

Agree, I’ve seen times of 1pm, 3pm and I cannot find it. It’s rather annoying. Why hasn’t a formal timing being released this is a waste of my day off


because this is sony lol. never go full hope on a release like this in a sony console

broadcastmonkey2 08 October, 2015 @ 15:17

Downloading from the UK PSN Store now Chaps :)

jugdement_is_now 08 October, 2015 @ 15:17

Star Wars Battlefront: Beta Edition Goes Live In The UK At 18:00 GMT
The Huffington Post UK | By Thomas Tamblyn


thank you mate!

How do I get into The beta?

jugdement_is_now 08 October, 2015 @ 15:32

Dark thanks bro, just downloading now. Get beta by going into games, Star Wars any version. It’s in extras section

How do I get the Beta for PS4? It only gives me the option to pre-order.

Can’t find it on ps4 store so used phone to access Web store. Now downloading. Will join in the fun tomorrow as I have 14 hours left of my download!!!


still cannot find beta on ps4 in nz should of come out ages ago now Help????

cant wait, gonna be great

Been playing it now and I love it but the flying is bad they need to sort the controls out big time also sad they did not let us customise are chacters I was so looking forward to making female ones as they confirmed that you can play male or female

bams1000000wwasd 10 October, 2015 @ 14:05

сколько будет стоить для россии?

Okay so has anyone else noticed there character throwing bombs or switching weapons without you having touched the button to do so? Seems like the damage directional indicator is a little slow also. I think with a few tweaks this game could give the big destiny fan base something else to do. But then again Halo comes out in just a few more weeks could be interesting!?!


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