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Star Wars Battlefront beta is upon us, here’s what you need to know

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In just a few days, EA will be giving us a small taste of the upcoming sci-fi shooter Star Wars Battlefront by launching a beta testing phase that anyone can join. The beta will be available on all platforms and will feature three different modes that should give us a pretty good idea about to expect when the final version comes out next month. In order to help you prepare for the testing phase, we went ahead and rounded up some useful information just so you can have it all in one place. With that in mind, down below you will find everything you need to know about the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta.

The testing phase is scheduled to kick off this Thursday, October 8 and will run for a total of five days until next Monday, October 12. Unfortunately, pre-loading is only available on the PC version starting this Wednesday, however, you will need to have Origin installed so go ahead and create a free account right here if you don’t already have one. Meanwhile, PS4 and Xbox One users will be able to access the Star Wars Battlefront beta only starting with October 8 via the PSN Store and Xbox Live Marketplace, respectively. That’s a bit of a bummer but at least console players will be able to download the necessary files a bit faster because the beta on Xbox One and PS4 only weighs in at 7 GB, while on PC it sits at about 11 GB. The good news for everyone is that this will be an open beta so you don’t have to pre-order Star Wars Battlefront or anything like that.

As for the aforementioned modes, there will be three of them and each sounds more interesting than the other. On one hand, you have Walker Assault on Hoth where you get to side with either the Rebels or the Empire and engage in massive 40-player battles. Then, we have a Drop Zone on Sullust where you must control escape pods together with seven other players in 8v8 battles. Lastly, those who sign up for the Star Wars Battlefront beta will get to experience a Survival Mission on Tatooine that can be played either alone or in co-op mode with a friend via split-screen. Despite the fact that you can play the survival mission alone, EA announced that you will still need to be online to do so. Some might find this strange, but it totally makes sense when we consider that the company needs to gather as much info as possible from the beta in order to improve the final version.

It’s important to note that there will be a level cap in the Star Wars Battlefront beta and there’s even more bad news. Not only will you be capped at level 5, but your progress will not be carried to the final version either. That said, the beta does sound like fun so you should probably give it a shot anyway. To make the testing phase even more interesting, EA is launching a companion app called Base Command that can be played exclusively on Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 browsers. The app is not yet available, but keep an eye on the official website as you will be able to find it as soon as the beta kicks in.

Star Wars Battlefront is scheduled to launch on November 17 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The price will be standard 60 bucks across all platforms, however, if you’re looking for a good PC deal you may want to check over with our friends over at CDKeys as you can pre-order it from them for only $45.40.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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