The Battlefield 5 beta is confirmed and today we want to guide you through everything we know, and everything we think we know, about early access to DICE’s upcoming World War 2 epic.
Battlefield 5 is official and the latest entry into the Battlefield series arrives in mid-October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
The Battlefield 5 release date is October 11th for EA and Origin Access subscribers, October 16th for those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition, and October 19th for everyone else. You’ll have to wait until October to play the finished product, but you’ll be able to play a portion of the game long before its official release date.
EA DICE plans to launch a Battlefield 5 beta for all three confirmed platforms. The beta will let interested gamers try the game before it comes out and help DICE engineers catch bugs and performance issues.
We don’t know everything about the Battlefield 5 beta, but we do have some details to share as we push toward the next round of announcements.
Battlefield 5 Alpha
EA DICE is planning to launch a closed Battlefield 5 alpha before the Battlefield 5 beta arrives.
According to EA Help’s Twitter account, the company will provide details about the closed alpha in June. The fact that it’s “closed” means it’ll be limited in scope and likely invite only. There’s no way to signup for the alpha right now.
The customer service rep claims the closed alpha will be limited to Windows PCs and that it’ll come to select regions around the world.
If you’re interested, keep an eye out for information. Moving on to the Battlefield 5 beta.
Open Battlefield 5 Beta
The Battlefield 5 beta will be an open beta which means anyone with one of the following consoles will be able to download and install the beta for free:
- Xbox One
- Xbox One S
- Xbox One X
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 4 Pro
- Windows PC
EA hasn’t confirmed the game for Nintendo Switch which means a beta for the portable console is unlikely.
Those looking to try the Battlefield 5 beta will need to meet the minimum specification requirements. EA recently posted Battlefield 5 spec requirements, but they are subject to change with the game’s ongoing development.
Battlefield 5 Beta Release Date
EA hasn’t confirmed the Battlefield 5 beta start date, but you can expect the release date to land sometime between EA Play 2018 and the game’s early October 11th arrival.
The open Battlefield 1 beta started on August 31st, 2016, shortly after DICE debuted new Battlefield 1 footage at Gamescom in Germany.
Gamescom 2018 stretches from August 21st to August 25th so we could see the company announce official Battlefield 5 details on stage there if it doesn’t confirm dates at EA Play 2018 in early June.
How to Get the Battlefield 5 Beta Early
If you want to try the Battlefield 5 beta before it opens up to everyone you’ll need to pre-order a copy of the game before the beta arrives.
Retailers are currently selling two Battlefield 5 Editions. One is the standard $60 edition, the other is the $80 Deluxe Edition which comes with some bonuses.
It doesn’t matter which edition you pre-order, if you put in an early order you’ll get early access to the Battlefield 5 beta.
What to Expect from the Battlefield 5 Beta
If you pre-order Battlefield 5 you can expect to try the beta a day or two before everyone else. Here are a few more things you can expect from the beta:
- Expect a large download. The Battlefield 1 demo was about 6.5GB for PS4, 6.2GB for the Xbox One, and 7.1GB for the Windows PC.
- Don’t expect your progress to carry over to the base version of the game.
- Expect there to be a ton of problems.
- Expect EA to offer some kind of reward. If you reached rank 15 in the Battlefield 1 and tried the beta on four different days, you unlocked a dog tag for use in the full version of the game.
- Don’t expect the single player portion of the game to feature in the beta.
- Expect a small portion of the multiplayer to be available.
Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP
If you want to play Battlefield 5 the second it goes live you'll want to pre-order a very specific copy of the game.
Pre-ordering the game's Deluxe Edition will grant you three days early access to the final version of the game in October.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on October 19th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on October 16th.
If you want to play even earlier than that, you should think about getting an EA Access (Xbox) or Origin Access (PC) account.
The Battlefield 5 Play First Trial for EA Access and Origin Access members opens up on October 11th. Both require a paid subscription, but they'll give you the earliest access to the game.
If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Battlefield 5 goes live, think about putting in a pre-order.