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Battlefield 1 open beta kicks off later this month

Bring a horse to a tank fight

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The 64-player open beta for Battlefield 1 will begin Aug. 31 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

Players who sign up for the "Battlefield Insider" program and choose their platform before Aug. 21 will be eligible for early access, according to EA. The company did not specify when the beta will end.

Battlefield 1’s open beta will offer 64-player action on one map, Sinai Desert, in two modes that will be very familiar to longtime Battlefield fans: Conquest and Rush. Three new classes will be playable in the beta — Sentry, Flame Trooper and Tank Hunter — along with war horses and a "behemoth" vehicle known as the Armored Train.

You can see all of that in action in Battlefield 1’s Gamescom trailer above, and in developer EA DICE’s squads livestream from the convention, which will kick off on the Battlefield Twitch channel at noon PT tomorrow.

Battlefield 1 is set for release Oct. 21 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, although people who pre-order the game’s $79.99 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will be able to start playing three days early.