There is a lot of talk about Star Wars: Battlefront and understandably so. With the date of launch easing ever so closer, fans will continue to look for every little piece of gameplay info they can find. In doing so, we want to take a moment to remind you that Alpha game footage and leaks can be deceiving. Alpha is not the full game. We repeat, Alpha is NOT the full game.
For a variety of reasons, the Alpha is a barebones, stripped version of the real game. This makes it easier to show testers the basic gameplay and even graphics and more but without requiring them to download the full game and also without releasing the game in entirety during a testing phase. This is standard practice with video game launches and testing.
So if you’re judging the full game based on the Alpha, keep this in mind. Folks are out there complaining about lack of weapons, variety, or this and that but they’re basing it solely on leaked Alpha footage that does not give the whole story. DICE has a reputation for making their Alpha test phases very close to the actual game release in terms of gameplay but maps and weapons/vehicles are left out for certain.
We do understand the frustration and the fact that players are excited for this game and really worried about being hyped up and let down again (as happens so often with Star Wars games) and we’re not here to say whether or not that will happen with this one. We’re just reminding you to keep in mind your source when making an opinion. If you’re looking at alpha footage and you hate the gameplay, there’s a good chance you’re not going to like the game but if you’re looking and complaining that content appears “too thin” and there are not enough weapons, maps or choices, then keep in mind that these things happen later, after the actual release.