Battlefield 5 Beta: 5 Things You Need to Know

EA’s confirmed an open Battlefield 5 beta 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 has released a new version of the Battlefield 5 alpha ahead of the Battlefield 5 beta.

The second alpha is focused on player progress speed, but there are also some tweaks to the gameplay. Here’s a list of some of the changes alpha testers will find in the build:

EMP:

  • Decreased the max damage range from 12 to 8 meters.
  • Decreased the fall off range from 50 to 40 meters.
  • Increased the min damage to 14.3.
  • Added 1 additional magazine on Spawn, one additional magazine on resupplying.

Developer comment: The SMG’s got an increase in effectiveness in short range combat, while being less effective on longer ranges.

MP40:

  • Decreased the max damage range from 12 to 8 meters.
  • Decreased the fall off range from 50 to 40 meters.
  • Increased the min damage to 14.3.
  • Added 1 additional magazine on Spawn, one additional magazine on resupplying.

Developer comment: The SMG’s got an increase in effectiveness in short range combat, while being less effective on longer r[anges.

STG 44:

  • Decreased max damage from 27 to 20.
  • Increased max damage range from 11 to 20 meters.
  • Increased damage fall off range from 50 to 60 meters.
  • Decreased min damage from 17 to 16.7.
  • Added 1 additional magazine on Spawn, one additional magazine on resupplying.

Developer comment: The STG44 now has become less powerful on short range, but more powerful on medium range.

Bren Gun:

  • Increased max damage range from 11 to 20 meters.
  • Increased damage fall off range from 50 to 60 meters.
  • Decreased min damage from 17 to 16.7.

MG34:

  • Increased max damage range from 11 to 20 meters.
  • Increased min damage from 17 to 20.
  • Increased damage fall off range from 50 to 60 meters.

Gewehr 43:

  • Decreased max damage range from 26.5 to 15 meters.
  • Increased damage fall off range from 51.5 to 60 meters.
  • Decreased min damage from 36 to 34.

KAR 98:

  • Increased max damage from 80 to 90.
  • Decreased max damage range from 20 to 8 meters.
  • Decreased damage falloff range from 80 to 60 meters.
  • Decreased min damage from 60 to 55.
  • Lowered bullet’s exit velocity from 700 to 600.

Developer comment: We’ve slowed down the bullet speed for the KAR 98 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle to create more bullet drop. This makes the player compensate for longer ranges more than before.

Walther P-38:

  • Increased magazine amount on spawn from 4 to 8, and 10 when resupplying.
  • Increased max damage range from 10 to 15 meters.
  • Decreased max damage from 30 to 25 meters.
  • Increased min damage from 15 to 16.7.
  • Decreased damage falloff range from 70 to 30 meters.

EA says those who participated in the first closed alpha are invited back to test the second alpha. Testers simply need to reinstall the client. The download is about 300MB.

The developer has also sent out additional invites via email so those looking to try an early version of the game will want to check for a request.

The Battlefield 5 closed alpha ends tomorrow, August 16, at 14:00 PM UTC/5:00 AM Pacific.

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. The alpha came with potential 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 release date, but it has confirmed a release window.

In early July Alpha participants got an email stating that the next Battlefield 5 test phase is coming in August or September. The email didn’t provide a specific date.

EA still doesn’t have a specific date to share, but it now says the Battlefield 5 beta will launch for all platforms sometime in September.

EA DICE will bring a new Battlefield 5 build to Gamescom 2018 stretches in August (August 21st to August 25th) so we could see the company announce official Battlefield 5 beta details, including a release date, on stage there.

How to Get the Battlefield 5 Beta Early

Those who want to try the Battlefield 5 beta before it opens up to everyone will 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 new map.
  • 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 a lot of bugs and performance issues
  • 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 limited portion of the multiplayer to be available.

DICE is also starting to communicate some of the changes it plans to make in the game’s next build.

According to DICE producer David Sirland, the beta will include improvements to player visibility and readability, pacing, and gunplay balance.

The developer also plans to reduce the amount of HP (hit points) you get after taking damage. The EA Play build was set to 35 HP while the alpha was set to 49.

DICE hasn’t settled on a specific number, but you can expect to see a change in the upcoming beta.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 5 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP

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.

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