'Battlefield 1' release news: beta test codes being dispatched

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After eagerly waiting for quite some time on when the open beta test for “Battlefield 1” will commence, players can finally sample the forthcoming game starting tomorrow, Aug. 31. However, early birds who were able to sign up for the free Battlefield Insider program by Aug. 21 and have chosen their platform can already start today as their codes have been sent earlier.

Up until the last minute, the release of codes to commence the beta test had not been confirmed. It was only via the game’s official Twitter account which broke the news that they will start rolling them out today, which is the same time that the beta process will start for Insiders. As to when the beta test will go live has yet to be disclosed. Unfortunately, this dry run seems to have excluded Microsoft Windows users as a separate tweet revealed that Electronic Arts and DICE are still cracking the recommended specs for PCs in terms of the beta test.

Players who will take part in the beta test will be able to explore the new Sinai desert map which was revealed just a couple of weeks ago. Described as a “scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar,” it offers gamers a unique terrain that they can use to their advantage in making progress in “Battlefield 1.” Geographic inputs like weather and climate are simulated to make gameplay much more interesting.

Aside from the topographical characteristics that the new territory has for exploring, it is also equipped with various additional features for transport like planes, tanks and even horses.

“The train offers a range of weapons and can make a huge difference if used effectively. This means the opposing team will need to adjust to the new presence,” DICE teased. “Bomber planes are pretty effective if their pilots’ aim stays true, though the train is also susceptible to a surprise attack by an organized group on horseback armed with anti-vehicle grenades. But as you might expect, the armored train won’t go down without a fight.”

Being one of the biggest largest conquest maps for “Battlefield 1,” Sinai Desert is also equipped with streets and alleys that are perfect for ambush missions.

“Battlefield 1” will be available to purchase on Oct. 21 for the Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.