Dark Souls II beta open to PlayStation Plus subscribers this weekend

But players in North and South America will need to enter through Facebook post.

European PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to play the Dark Souls II beta test this Sunday, Sony has said on the European PlayStation blog.

The beta will only be open between 07:00-10:00 GMT, with the intention of the beta to stress-test the game's online servers. Those interested in participating can download the necessary files through the Exclusives section of the PlayStation Store, Sony adds.

Anyone in North and South America can also apply to take part in the test by redeeming a code that will be posted on 14:00 ET on October 24 to the Dark Souls II Facebook page. The first 30,000 people to redeem the code will gain access to the three-hour beta, which runs from 02:00 to 05:00 ET on October 27.

The Dark Souls II beta is only running on PlayStation 3 at present.

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King9999
King9999

I'm in the beta! Now to contemplate sleeping early and waking up for this.

blast880
blast880

F*ck... I so wanna play this:P

euphoric666
euphoric666

got my code already, it's going to be 4am here in Brazil.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

This game should be exclusive for PS3. Traitors, i don't like it anymore.

u1tradt
u1tradt

Fuck. Me. For not owning a PS3.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Why does this game need a beta?

Oh, bullshit Facebook integration.  Got it.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I wished it would come to next gen.
Till DS 2 comes out i will be playing next games for some months and i am curious how i can go back to todays graphics.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

When this game comes out I wont be playing next gen for quite a while!

atopp399
atopp399

Having to pay for a beta and be a facebook member.  Yeah....no.  

darkrayne
darkrayne

No point being excited about this. It'll just stress crash and be over before we know it.

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

Cool to see they have brough back the red, elite like NPC's like in Demon Souls. Red always meant run in my eyes.

dominoodle
dominoodle

Arg. I have to work around the time that the code is being distributed. Why does it have to be in the middle of the day? =/

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Yesterday I was surprised when I entered the Beta site, seeing 7am really didn't sound good. Oh well, waking up early on a Sunday... Only for Dark Souls...

rich185
rich185

Wait a minute, the beta is only open between 7AM and 10AM, a 3 hour period? And they want to stress test the servers at 7AM on a sunday morning?

either that's a typo or lmfao.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Thanatos2k "The beta will only be open between 07:00-10:00 GMT, with the intention of the beta to stress-test the game's online servers."
What's a reading comprehension?

killjoi
killjoi

@atopp399 You're being dishonest about the paying for a beta part.  No one is paying for Playstation Plus to get into betas.

jhcho2
jhcho2

@rich185  

Or you can look at it on the bright side. With the stress test occuring during off peak, the servers won't actually crash, and you can play for 3 hours without worries

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@rich185 True story. That's got to be the least populated time slot possible! The only people up that early on a Sunday are either going to work, church or back to sleep.

dominoodle
dominoodle

@rich185 It's a japanese studio so they probly need to do it during hours when they're awake /shrug

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@DanielL5583 @Thanatos2k And what's a brief 3 hour period in the middle of the day going to tell them that they can't reproduce themselves?

They just want you to sign up for their thing.

UFO2012
UFO2012

Or recover from a hangover

Stebsis
Stebsis

@ExtremePhobia @rich185 From Software is japanese studio, and in Japan 7AM GMT is like 3PM or something like that, so I'd say it makes sense.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Thanatos2k @DanielL5583 You do realise From Software are only 220-strong, and the people who'll be playing this will be several hundred-strong, if not a couple thousand?