Video game publisher Electronic Arts officially explains why the closed alpha test for its World War I shooter Battlefield 1 is going to be “very small.”

According to a post on Electronic Arts’ “Help” section of its website, the company is currently holding a “very small” closed alpha for what many consider to be one of the best games at E3 2016, Battlefield 1,  that is only available to a select few players on PC. As a matter of fact, the publisher has already selected everyone it needs for the test, and EA has stressed that it will not be giving access to any other gamer.

Fans who might be wondering if they missed out on a listing for the Battlefield 1 closed alpha shouldn’t worry themselves that their attentiveness is faltering, as Electronic Arts confirmed that it sent invitations out to random players. The publisher’s full statement on the matter can be found below, as well as a screenshot of the email EA delivered to those fans lucky enough to be included in the test.

“We’re holding a very small, very exclusive closed alpha test for Battlefield 1.

“Unfortunately, we’ve already let in everyone we need for this test and won’t be giving away access to anyone else. If you’re confused, don’t worry. You didn’t miss a registration or sign up, it’s just a very small, closed test.”


As seen in the image above, fans taking part in Battlefield 1‘s closed alpha will be testing out the first-person shooter’s San Quentin Scar map that’s placed within the game’s World War I setting. Plus, fans can find the Non-Disclosure Agreement italicized in orange, which could have limited potential testers to certain countries.

Even though Electronic Arts has already issued filled the slots needed for Battlefield 1‘s closed alpha, gamers shouldn’t fret about not getting to try the title out before it releases, for the publisher plans on providing fans of the franchise with an open beta prior to launch. However, developers have yet to announce an official date as to when the test for all players will go live.

For those fans who missed out on the closed alpha who are trying to get a better understanding as to what kind of in-game assets Battlefield 1 will contain, there are myriad of options available. For instance, folks can watch an hour of multiplayer gameplay featuring a massive 64-player battle as an entry point to the title. On the other hand, should some fans not be able to access video at this point in time, one can become more knowledgeable about Battlefield 1 by checking out our hands-on preview from E3 2016.

Battlefield 1 is set to release on October 21, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Electronic Arts (via VG 24/7)