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Play as Darth Vader in Star Wars Battlefront's Beta in early October

Our wish is apparently EA's command. Star Wars Battlefront (opens in new tab) is getting a beta across PS4, Xbox One and PC in early October and we'll be able to play as none other than Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. "The Star Wars Battlefront Beta is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire," says the announcement on the official site (opens in new tab).

"Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces."

EA is teasing the Drop Zone mode as part of the beta but is dangling that as a proper reveal for a later date. It has also revealed the Star Wars Battlefront Companion Experience app which will let us play in-game card game Base Command. This means earning in-game credits on the go that can unlock Star Cards and weapons in the game. The Companion also lets you check your progression and customise load outs as well as connect with friends and compare stats. It'll be available online and on iOS and Android prior to the release of the game on November 19th.

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.