Grab your crysknife, zip up your stillsuit, and boldly go into battle as Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] has launched its weekend-long open beta test. Until Monday, all and sundry are invited to download the beta through Origin. It packs several maps and modes, with everything from spaceship battles and urban infantry combat. Multiplayer is the focus but it does have a dash of solo action in the Arcade mode - not part of the singleplayer campaign, mind. We've have some thoughts on the beta later but for now, here's word that it's out.
So! The 20v20 slice of Galactic Assault sees Clone Troopers and Droids scrapping for control of the royal palace on Naboo. Starfighter Assault mode is represented by a battle to destroy or defend a big ol' Imperial Star Destroyer. Strike mode offers an objective-driven forest fight around Maz Kanata's castle, without any of those flashy 'hero' characters. And Arcade mode just has a load of AI-controlled baddies to shoot in solo play.
The download size if 23GB and, so you don't needlessly slam those bytes, do check if your system can run it first:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor: AMD FX-6350 / Intel Core i5 6600K
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 55GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor: AMD FX 8350 Wraith / Intel Core i7 6700 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will launch in full on November 17th. Have you jumped to ludicrous speed yet, gang? Oh, and if you get misty-eyed thinking about the past, you might want to know that 2005's Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (yup, this naming is still confusing) recently fixed its multiplayer.