EA Corrects Moore: Battlefield 4 ‘Exclusive’ Beta Oct. 1
We knew something was fishy when Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore announced the start date of the Battlefield 4 open beta on his blog on Friday. There was no mention of the much touted ‘exclusive’ beta, and by Monday, there was still not a peep from the official Battlefield site, the Battlefield Blog, or even the dedicated Battlefield 4 Beta Dates page. Turns out Moore was a little off. EA now says the Battlefield 4 open beta actually begins on October 4, preceded by the exclusive beta on October 1.
Posting on the Battlefield Blog, EA and DICE made it official: if you’ve pre-ordered the Digital Deluxe Edition of Battlefield 4, are a Battlefield 3 Premium member, or if you pre-ordered Medal of Honor Warfighter, an invitation to the exclusive beta will be sent to your inbox soon (tied to your Origin ID). EA notes that if you have multiple points of entry into the exclusive beta, say Battlefield 3 Premium on Xbox 360 and you’ve pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition of BF4 on PC, you’ll receive invites for both.
That’s the ‘exclusive’ beta EA has been touting since it began marketing pre-orders for Medal of Honor Warfighter way back in September 2012. I envisioned DICE doling out at least a solid week of early access, so the three day exclusive beta is a letdown, especially when you consider it runs from a Tuesday through Thursday and not a weekend when most players would be able to get in the most play time.
The open beta is just that, and it will be open to all on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 beginning on Friday, October 4. DICE said both the exclusive and open betas will be limited to a single map, Siege of Shanghai, and two modes, Conquest and Domination.
The good news is we’ve been impressed by our brief hands-on time with BF4. Battlefield vet Devin went hands-on at E3 and you can get his full impressions in “Battlefield 4: Old Dog, Amazing New Tricks.”