Bat­tle­field 2042’s first tech­ni­cal test will begin next week, and email invites detail­ing how to join are going out now for select play­ers. It will begin August 12th and end August 16th, with spe­cif­ic three-hour win­dows each day.

The test is under a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment, unlike the Halo Infi­nite closed beta, so stream­ers won’t be broad­cast­ing this one. Those who sign up for an EA Playtest­ing pro­file have a chance to join the test, but EA pre­vi­ous­ly stressed that sign­ing up does­n’t guar­an­tee access. The tech test is only for PC, PlaySta­tion 5, and Xbox Series X|S, with a small pool of invit­ed participants.

This Tech­ni­cal Playtest will be focused on gath­er­ing intel on our core game­play loop, tech­ni­cal per­for­mance, and sta­bil­i­ty,” the email invites read. “This will all be done in a closed envi­ron­ment and under a strict NDA — you don’t want to miss out!”

Data from the test will be used to help DICE to launch the game “as smooth­ly as possible.”

A tech­ni­cal test was orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled for July, before being pushed back to lat­er this sum­mer to add a cross-play func­tion between Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC. It’s unclear if next week’s test will sup­port this fea­ture, or if this will come in a lat­er tech­ni­cal test.

Bat­tle­field 2042 recent­ly revealed its “Por­tal” mode dur­ing EA Play, which will see maps, sol­diers, weapons, and vehi­cles from pre­vi­ous Bat­tle­field installments. 

An open beta for Bat­tle­field 2042 is com­ing in Sep­tem­ber, short­ly before the game’s Octo­ber 22nd release. Play­ers who pre­order the game will get ear­ly access to the open beta.