As announced previously, the Garden Warfare 2 beta will offer players access to a scaled-down version of the Backyard Battleground, which is a hub world that acts as a menu and connects players to every map and mode. For the beta players, the following content will be available in Backyard Battleground, with descriptions courtesy of EA:
•The King of the Hill-inspired mode, Flag of Power – Raise the Flag of Power and do everything you can to prevent the enemy from lowering it; igniting an all-out war where you’ll have to fight off wave after wave of enemies in a frantic, escalating battle.
•Stats Room – Display all of your characters’ stats and achievements. There’s also a sticker book where you can get an overview of all the characters and accessories you’ve unlocked.
•Quest Board – Visit the Quest Board for a list of dynamically updated challenges that will reward you for every completed event, and increase your XP multiplier.
Also included in the beta are two 24-player game modes (Herbal Assault and Gardens & Graveyards) playable on two maps: Moon Base Z and Seeds of Time.
Alongside those, new modes and maps will be rotated in as the beta progresses. These include:
Finally, the following characters will be playable in the Garden Warfare 2 beta (descriptions written by EA):
•Kernel Corn – Leading the plant offensive as the primary assault class with dual cob busters and a high rate of fire.
•Rose – An extremely powerful sorceress that can turn zombie foes into fully playable goats.
•Citron – A time-travelling bounty hunter from the future – and also an orange.
•Imp & Z-Mech – The smallest and most agile of the zombies that turns into a Z-Mech robo of mass destruction with missiles.
•Super Brainz – The flashy, punchy-powerhouse superhero with exceptional hair and charismatic smile.
•Captain Deadbeard – A crusty peg-legged captain with a trick weapon up his sleeve.
The Garden Warfare 2 beta has not been announced for PC.
The full version of Garden Warfare 2 launches on February 23 across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. However, Xbox One and PC players can jump in five days early if they have an EA/Origin Access membership.