In the new multiplayer trailer showing off the two new modes being added to the game, at the beginning EA announces the open beta...for PC players only, sorry consoles. It launches October 4th and closes on the 7th, five days before the launch of the game. The reason behind the beta only being on PC is because they want to test and make sure that the servers are able to withstand max capacity of the players. You can get more information at the official website. No word yet on where to grab the download of the beta, but twitter and facebook followers will know as soon as it's announced.
The beta will allow users to test out the two new modes Combat Mission and Sector Control.