UPDATE: EA has clarified exactly when you'll be able to play the Battlefield 4 open beta.
Anyone can download and play the beta on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from 4th October.
However, you can gain early access from 1st October if:
- You pre-order the Battlefield 4 PC Digital Deluxe Edition from Origin
- You're a Battlefield 3 Premium member
- You're a registered owner of Medal of the Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition
Meanwhile, EA has released a new Battlefield 4 multiplayer video, below, to get you in the mood.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Battlefield 4 open beta begins on 1st October on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, EA has announced.
It features Conquest mode and Domination mode on the Siege of Shanghai map. Exclusive early access to the beta is, according to EA, open to:
- Those who pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition on Origin.com
- Battlefield 3: Premium members
- Registered owners of the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition
EA is yet to announce when early access to the BF4 beta will begin.
Meanwhile, in a blog post on EA's website, COO Peter Moore confirmed release dates for the next generation versions of three of the company's multi-platform games.
Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 release on 19th November in North America and 21st November in Europe for Xbox One, and 12th November in North America and 29th November in Europe for PlayStation 4.
So, effectively, all three games are next-gen launch titles on both PS4 and Xbox One.
Of course, the current generation version of these games go on sale before the next-gen versions. FIFA 14 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 goes on sale on 27th September. Battlefield 4 launches on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on 1st November in the UK.
As announced, EA has employed a promotion to encourage customers to upgrade from current-gen to next-gen. You can carry over content from the current-gen versions of BF4, FIFA 14 and Madden to their next-gen versions to, as Moore put it, "get a jump on the competition".
Inside marked physical copies of BF4 for PS3 there will be a voucher with a unique code printed on it. This code will allow you to buy a digital version of BF4 for PS4 via the PlayStation Store for Ł10.
In the UK, at GAME, you can trade in your PS3 or Xbox 360 version of BF4 and FIFA 14 and get Ł40 towards an upgrade for the PS4 or Xbox One version. You have to have bought the game in-store at GAME, though, and have proof of purchase.