EA earlier announced a beta for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 with a 3 day exclusive with preorder of the game. The news was certainly not unexpected. Almost every FPS in the A and AAA variety comes with a preview, often disguised as a beta. Destiny 2, the other major space-borne shooter is doing the same thing and so is Call of Duty WWII.
“This fall, you’ll be able to experience the epic scale of the Star Wars™ universe with a Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II multiplayer Beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC.”
The new emerging videogame content delivery model is exemplified by EA’s Star Wars title. Content created and released over time. The game goes live as an MVP (if you are a developer you are familiar with this term) also know as the minimal viable product. In other words the least amount of content that still makes it a video game. Usually a disappointing amount of maps and gear in the initial release. After launch, in a controlled pace, the secondary content arrives. Usually the first few expansions or DLC are free then the rest arrive with a fee. You aren’t really buying a game anymore, you are subscribing to an IP system.
The initial cost is only part of the picture. A complete game can cost north of $100, not including all the skins , emotes, and weapons etc. Season passes that once covered everything at a fixed cost don’t always do that anymore. This is not a dig on the quality of the game, nor a complaint about the game play. Battlefront is an excellent title, and the leaked footage of Battlefront 2 looks even more awesome.
To ease the blow from this new and more costly method (for the consumer) game delivery. Developers have introduced the compulsory beta. I feel this is really a small compensation to the gamers in the MVP model. While I would never turn down any chance to play a video game like Battlefront early, I think it is unfair that there will be content permanently locked to more traditional buyers. This new system where some content billed as exclusive is locked to the casual gamer who might actually like to go buy the game after trying it. I should not Battlefront’s beta will be open to all but pre-order individuals will get a 3 day advance start.
EA also announced a few additional treats for the faithful. I guess if we can’t fight the system bring on the good stuff. Players who pre-order will also receive exclusive Star Wars™: The Last Jedi™ content including:
Exclusive** Star Wars: The Last Jedi outfits for Kylo Ren and Rey
Instant access to six hero and starfighter epic Star Cards
Kylo Ren: Power Reach and Solid Freeze
Rey: Far Sight and Deep Mind
Starfighters: Enhanced Auxiliary Power and First Order ship upgrade
Instant access to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Millennium Falcon with updated sounds and appearance
The content listed above along with early beta access to Battlefront 2 will be available for everyone who pre-orders, no matter which version you choose. But if you pre-order the Star Wars Battlefront II: Elite Trooper Deluxe that comes with… wait for it. A three-day early access to Star Wars Battlefront II and upgraded versions of all four trooper classes.
Star Wars Battlefront II officially lands on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC.