By now you’ve probably seen quite a bit of Star Wars Battlefront II‘s exciting class-based multiplayer and heard about the recently-revealed Starfighter Assault mode. Both of those will be available in the upcoming beta, but that’s not all that’ll be included. Beta will also be your first chance to experience the fast, adaptable new mode, Arcade.
Arcade is a new mode allowing you to take on AI enemies and hone your skills across a variety of scenarios. In the beta, you’ll have two options: a 10-on-10 team battle with AI allies and enemies, and a Hero vs. many scenarios where you’ll take control of Darth Maul and fight against legions of foes on Naboo.
The beta will provide a small taste of Arcade on the Theed map, but the full version will have you test your wits and reflexes in all three eras of Star Wars. Teamed up with AI-controlled allies, you’ll arm yourself with your favourite assortment of weapons and abilities, carefully tailoring your loadout for the battle ahead.
In the full release, you’ll be able to bring the Star Cards, weapons, and unlocked abilities from multiplayer with you into Arcade. Apply your favourite fine-tuned hero and class builds against AI opponents and test out new strategies before trying them online. On consoles, you’ll also be able to team up with a friend or battle against one another in split screen versus.
When the game launches you’ll reap valuable rewards for your progress in Arcade. Success will earn in-game credits you can use to unlock Crates and, in turn, gain new Star Cards to further customise your heroes, vehicles, and troopers for both Arcade mode and online multiplayer. And thanks to a series of Challenges, you’ll always have a new goal to strive for and new bonuses to earn.
Arcade battles can be set up and tweaked in a variety of custom configurations so you can change the difficulty, trooper classes used by AI, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to play a number of Battle Scenarios – specially orchestrated Arcade matches that you’ll be able to face either alone or, in the console version of the game, with a friend.
Ready to try it for yourself? Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II before 1st October will be able to play the beta early, starting 4th October*. The beta opens to the public two days later on 6th October and runs through 9th October. In addition to early beta access, you’ll get bonus content including Yoda’s Epic Lightsaber Mastery Star Card, which is only available while supplies last until 9th October, 2017*.
*Conditions and restrictions apply. See www.ea.com/games/starwars/battlefront/battlefront-2/disclaimers for details.