Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront in action on Tatooine EA

EA and DICE's Star Wars Battlefront will "utilise a new skill-based matchmaking system" in lieu of a server browser, which is how most recent DICE games have allowed players to search for online multiplayer sessions.

Community manager Matthew Everett of developers DICE revealed this in response to a fan query on Reddit and also confirmed that there will be no need to pre-order the game to play the multiplayer beta announced yesterday. The full game will also not use Battlelog, the web-based multiplayer service regularly used with DICE's other hit series Battlefield.

Server browsers have featured in DICE's Battlefield games, and given the close links between that multiplayer focused military shooter and the Battlefront series the Swedish developer is now rejuvenating it is perhaps a sign of them trying to differentiate the two series as much as they can.

Everett was responding to a question about the console versions with his comment on matchmaking, so server browsers may yet feature on the PC version of Battlefront. However, the wording of his comment does suggest that won't be the case.

The Star Wars: Battlefront beta will run at some point in "early October" on PS4, Xbox One and PC and feature three game modes – the 40-player Walker Assault mode, the Survival Mission mode and a new Drop Zone mode which will be detailed shortly.

Star Wars Battlefront will be released fully on 20 November.

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