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As well as a GamesCom trailer, EA and DICE have released details about the upcoming Battlefield 1 open beta. Unlike Titanfall 2, the PC will actually be seeing a beta for this game. It’ll take place on 31 August.

In order to be “some of the first” to play the open beta, it’s encouraged that you sign up as a Battlefield Insider. EA really, really want your email address, apparently. If you’re already signed up, make sure to select your platform preference.

The open beta will include a pair of game modes and feature the Sinai Desert map, described as “a scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar”. That map is featured heavily in the new trailer linked above, an appears to include plenty of plane, horse, and train activities.

Here are the modes of play to expect in the Battlefield 1 beta.

  • Conquest. An all-time fan favorite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.
  • Rush. A 24-player mode where the Attacking force must find and destroy the Defending force’s Telegraph Posts, which can be used to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the Attackers their mission by disarming explosives they plant on the telegraph positions. Should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to the next sector and protect the Telegraph Posts there.

Battlefield 1 GamesCom trailer warns against playing on train tracks

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