The highly-anticipated next-gen military shooter opens its multiplayer doors early, granting players access to a limited view of the full game's modes. There are no specifics concerning which maps and modes will be available (though expect the series' staple, Conquest, to be included), and no timeframe was given as to how long the beta will last.
So, what do we know?
For starters, this is a current-gen beta (obviously), though people will computers from the future should have a relatively good example of what the game will look like. On top of that, the beta launches sooner rather than later - expect to play Battlefield 4 on October 1st, roughly a month before the game's full release.
One other thing that the blog post mentioned: for current-gen console players, all unlocks and character options will carry over to next-gen systems. That means that playing the game early and switching over won't end up being a gigantic waste of time.
And don't forget, it's only ten extra dollars to switch over to next-gen!