Here's When Battlefield 1 Beta May Start; Rush Mode Confirmed

The public beta will kick off "shortly after" Gamescom.

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The previously announced open beta for Battlefield 1 will kick off "shortly after" Gamescom 2016, according to a Battlefield community manager.

Sebastian Moritz, Battlefield's community manager for Germany, revealed the rough start time during a livestream interview this week with CmdKrieger (via DualShockers). Gamescom runs August 17-21, so it seems like the beta will start in late August or early September.

EA previously confirmed that the Battlefield 1 beta would begin sometime this summer, so this matches up. The publisher held a briefing at Gamescom in 2015, but it remains to be seen if it will this year. If so, that could be a venue for the beta's official announcement.

Moritz also mentioned that people in the Battlefield Insiders program will get to play three days early. Previously, all EA had said was that Insiders would get early access.

You can sign up as an Insider here on the official Battlefield website. Perks include "in-game rewards, exclusive content, and sneak peeks at news about Battlefield," as well as details on other EA games.

Also during the livestream, Moritz made Battlefield fans happy by confirming that the popular Rush mode will return. However, there is no word yet on how it may be changed from previous iterations. We also don't know if it will show up in the beta.

GameSpot recently played the Battlefield 1 alpha. You can check out some footage in the video above, while more videos are available here.

Battlefield 1 launches on October 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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