In an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle at Tokyo Game Show 2015, Star Wars Battlefront Lead Heroes Designer Jamie Keen has confirmed that the online multiplayer shooter will be using dedicated servers after all.
The concern arose after a Tweet revealed that Battlefront will use a new skill-based matchmaking instead of a server browser for all platforms. We’ll still be able to party with our friends but plenty of questions remain unanswered: How will matchmaking work for a party with members of varying skills? Can we no longer mess around in empty servers? No private servers for clans? How do we run community-organized tournaments?
The answers will come in due time, or so they say.
In any case, we’ll all get to experience Star Wars Battlefront for ourselves when the open beta rolls around in early October. Progress won’t carry over to launch but we do get to try out the 40-player Walker Assault on Hoth (featuring Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker), a two-player co-op Survival Mission on Tattooine, and a domination-style Drop Zone mode.
Star Wars Battlefront is expected to launch on 17 November for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.