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Star Wars Battlefront beta open to all

Plus, EA answers frequently asked community questions; still no word on release date.

Publisher Electronic Arts is pledging to provide enough server capacity so that anyone who wants to play the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be able to do so.

Mathew Everett, a Battlefront community manager, confirmed on EA's Star Wars blog that the beta would remain open once it is deployed. He also offered new details about what gameplay modes will be available, but was not able to offer more insight into a release date.

He said the beta "will consist of both our offline and online modes, including co-op and split-screen co-op, and it will take place on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and via Origin for PC."

As well as connecting as many as 40 players together in sprawling multiplayer battles, the beta will serve as a demo for an offline co-op mission mode called Survival. This horde-style mission drops players on Tatooine and throws various waves of Imperial AI opponents in front of them.

Everett also answered some questions that were said to have come from the Battlefront community, which follow:

Q) Will there be any AI bots in multiplayer in addition to other players?

A) Yes! Our Fighter Squadron mode features AI units (10 on each side).

Q) Will there be sidearms or only primary guns?

A) We offer a primary blaster along with a hand of Star Cards. How you customize your Star Card hand will be up to you.

Q) What comes with the various editions, i.e., Deluxe vs. Standard?

A) The Standard Edition of Star Wars Battlefront will include the base game. The Deluxe Edition will include the base game and have the Ion Grenade, Ion Torpedo and DL-44 unlocked right away along with the exclusive Ion Shock and Victory emotes.

Q) Can I buy the Deluxe Edition on disk in a retail store, or is it just digitally online?

A) The Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition is available as a physical item for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only.

Q) Can I upgrade my vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront?

A) Vehicles in Star Wars Battlefront come with their own weapons and abilities that make them authentic to the Star Wars universe.