'Battlefield 1' release date update: beta version to be made available before official game release

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The upcoming first-person shooter video game, “Battlefield 1” is reportedly going to have a beta version released right before the actual title becomes available. This actually serves as the second offering from game developer DICE and publisher Electronic Arts after they sent “Battlefield 1” Alpha keys to gamers to be able to try out the St. Quentin Scar map.

The open beta is reportedly intended to make sure that the developer will have enough time to fix any major game bugs, glitches, or worse, crashes. The said beta offering will be made available right after the Gamescom 2016 trade fair in Cologne, Germany, which is happening on Aug. 1721.

According to Segment Next, since the event is to take place in August, it is likely that the beta will come out at the month’s end or probably by early September. The same report also said that “Battlefield 1” beta is likely the last public testing for the upcoming game before it is officially released to the market.

The upcoming game is the 14th installment in the widely successful “Battlefield” video game franchise, but it does make history because the last time Electronic Arts published a World War I themed video game was more than two decades ago with the release of “Wings of Glory.” This new game is based on actual events of WWI, which means the weapons also represent the ones used during that period.

The success of this deviation from modern-day warfare themes in the most recent “Battlefield” installments is still a subject of debate, especially given that its major competing upcoming game, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” has a pretty opposite futuristic concept. But Electronic Arts is quick to assure that the game is very different from previous World War I game titles.

“Battlefield 1” is scheduled for a worldwide release on Oct. 21, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows PC.