There’s still a long way to go before the highly anticipated “Star Wars Battlefront” hits retail and digital stores for consoles and PC, but it seems like Electronic Arts (EA) and Dice have decided to give fans a preview of the game, as the companies announced a closed alpha testing for the game this week. The pre-load will be available Wednesday and will unlock Thursday for those who received emails from EA and have registered.

If any PC fans want to give the game a try, Eurogamer has stated that they will have subscribe to EA’s Origin service, as the main purpose of the alpha testing is to see how the game runs and to look out for any technical deficiencies. EA has also stated that the game may suffer from server lag and downtime, since the game is merely being tested and isn’t 100 percent complete yet.

It’s clear that EA doesn’t want the game to suffer negative views from those who purchase it, like how “Batman: Arkham Knight” is acclaimed on consoles, but is getting thrashed on Steam.

However, Polygon received an invite from EA and was told that registering doesn’t automatically mean players will be approved for the “Star Wars Battlefront” closed alpha testing. The publisher stated that the closed alpha would have limited slots, so they won’t be able to accommodate or please every player who manages to get an email and register for the game.

“Star Wars Battlefront” is expected to be one of the holiday season’s biggest hits, especially with the new “The Force Awakens” movie coming out Dec. 18 from Disney. “Star Wars Battlefront” will be available Nov. 17 and will run on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Windows PC. 

Star Wars Battlefront: Multiplayer Gameplay | E3 2015 “Walker Assault” on Hoth (Credit: YouTube/EAStarWars)