Killzone 3 comes with SOCOM 4 beta access

Specially marked copies of Guerrilla Games' latest to include code for early entrance to multiplayer testing of Zipper Interactive tactical shooter.

Formerly just a way for developers to evaluate and tweak their games in real-world conditions, beta testing is increasingly becoming a promotional tool. Access to betas has been used as a preorder incentive, a PlayStation Plus membership benefit, and even as a bonus for unrelated games.

The beta test should make sure nothing blows up that isn't supposed to.

Sony is employing that last scenario with the launch of Killzone 3, as the company today announced that specially marked copies of the game will include early access to the multiplayer beta test for Zipper Interactive's upcoming SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs. When the Guerrilla Games first-person shooter launches February 22, both the standard and limited Helghast Edition packages of the game will include codes to download the beta from the PlayStation Network. Sony has not yet said when the beta will begin or how long it will run.

Set for release in April, SOCOM 4 will have an extensive multiplayer component, allowing for teams of players to shoot it out in 32-player matches. Terrain types will include a hostile jungle and half-ruined cities. Like Killzone 3, the game will include full support for Sony's motion-sensing PlayStation Move controller.

Picking up after the Helghan homeworld invasion of the previous game, Killzone 3 follows Sev, Rico, and the rest of their surviving squad, outgunned and outmanned by the Helghast as usual. While the $60 standard edition includes the basic game, the $130 Helghast Edition comes packaged with a replica mask and helmet of the series' signature antagonists. While the headgear is the centerpiece of the extra goodies, the collector's edition will also include a 6.5-inch articulated Cloaking Helghast Marksman action figure, an art book, and a voucher to download multiplayer maps, the game's soundtrack, and more.

For more on the games, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4.

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Discussion

78 comments
Ps3-4-EveR
Ps3-4-EveR

February will be the best month in my life !! I'll get everything in this month !!

spikes1471
spikes1471

Woot cant wait Release date im comin

106473
106473

It great to have some game-pla videos but it would be nice of gamespot to mind themselves that not every computer has 3D >.> Other then that the visuals look as good as they get from what I seen while I played Kz3's closed beta.

pidow
pidow

My grandson will be happy about this.

gamerfan85
gamerfan85

Pretty awesome move on Sony's part. Both support the Move, and both are going to put it on the map. FPS with the motion controls is the future!

advocacy
advocacy

So it's random? That's stupid. Everybody who gets Killzone 3 should be able to participate in the SOCOM 4 beta!

Yuyutsu_152
Yuyutsu_152

come on 32 players this had better be good than black light tango down

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Sony are so nice to their loyal customers :D Hot dang gotta love it.

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

I only played socom 1 but nice feature for Killzone 3 the shooter we all are waiting for :D finally a new good one and not a recycled cod :S since socom will also get move compability i will give it a try but i think will be most time in killzone 3 since i loved all parts of the series Oo i wonder if trophys will be also as hard as in killzone 2 oO BUT!!!! Release the goddamn sharp shooter rifle for move now!!!! You can preorder it in usa for the releasedate of killzone3 why not in europe !?!?!?!? and pls why videos in 3d? shall we get sick while watching on normal monitor oO

mjBEAST
mjBEAST

February is going to be a great month. Killzone 3, beta 4 SOCOM, Marvel vs Capcom 3, my birth month, & Black Histroy Month. Who know 28 days could hold so much AWSOME?

Hortey
Hortey

by specially marked they means you have to buy a copy that says it has a beta code in it, most likely because they are only giving a certain number of them away.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

What do they mean by specially marked? Do you have to get lucky? I really hope retailers don't capitalise on this and up the prices on those copies.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@COPMAN221, Those Kinect titles are actually looking pretty awesome. But, yeah, my PS3 will definitely see an uptick in play time this year.

thrasher510
thrasher510

@ muzza93 Some of the characters are kind of dead though. But yeah I hope in the future Killzone will return back to Vekta.

DonatelloToAll
DonatelloToAll

Wow,thats like the icing on the cake,can't wait for KZ3 now!

fkbwii
fkbwii

I was gonna buy the game anyway. This is an awesome addition! Thanks, Sony!

cabose38
cabose38

Still waiting for a Killzone 3 move bundle :(

muzza93
muzza93

I hope Killzone 4 is back on Vekta in like 20 years time, and u get to play as all the characters from Killzone 1, but they are old, and it will be like The Expendables (Movie) lol.

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

I'll see the gameplay-movie when i get the game.

muzza93
muzza93

Yeah! nice! Hope we see Lugar or Colonel Hakha in Killzone 3!. (spoiler from Killzone 2) I hope Templar survived! i wished we got to play as Templar instead of Sev, Templar is awesome.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Anyone that had any doubt about the PS3s constant rise to greatness from 2006 can just take a back seat.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Damn, I want to play KZ 3 even more! I've been interested in both games for a while now, and now it's a "two birds with one stone" scenario. That's a win in my book.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@MEDzZ3RO yup that is my problem with SF4 the moves are just too hard, I couldn't even complete training mode with the commands for combos on the screen no matter how hard I tried. MvsC2 isn't that hard but I guess thats why the pros call it a noob fighter.. idc I have the most fun with it. But ya you are right, a lot of genres on consoles have taken the backseat to FPS games these days, and I feel Halo is the one that triggered this off. At least a couple great ones have come about since, including these 2 SOCOM and Killzone. But so many franchises from last gen have gone extinct since this new direction of western gaming, like Def Jam FFNY, extreme sports (SSX, Street games.. remember EA BIG?), haven't seen any new Sly games yet or a lot of adventure themed games and game that had split-screen co-op. I wasn't a console FPS fan myself before this gen, but whatever I guess I just have to take what I get. The quality of the games that are good this gen is really good at least.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

Even more reason for me to buy Killzone 3. Can't wait! :)

Kid2812
Kid2812

plus pple will get this game anyways, the MP beta codes look like a nice bonus and not a reason to buy the game

Kid2812
Kid2812

So since April has Motorstorm 3, Mortal Kombat, Portal 2 and Socom 4 coming out, i was not sure which game to get but with the beta codes i'll get with Killzone 3 when it comes out i will now know if Socom is worth the 40 pounds while keeping in mind that its not the final product but a beta

mosamania
mosamania

@jedediahpelland they already released the beta for Killzone 3 man. and i guess plus members who didnt buy killzone will also get beta access same with DCUO

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Thats all fine and good, but wheres the Killzone 3 MP beta for plus members? And shouldnt plus members also get to play the SOCOM4 beta?? I thought this was part of the point of paying for plus.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@mad_krips It is sad. I have to say I'm more of a Tekken and Soul Calibur person then a Street Fighter one. Just because I find Street Fighters moves unnecessarily difficult to perform. Perhaps it's just me but I was struggling to pick it up for weeks and in the end gave up.

Hladilnik
Hladilnik

Sony year all over again :) YAY!! :D

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

By the way, people are saying the games are unrelated, but this has happened before. inFamous initially came with Uncharted 2 beta access, and Sucker Punch isn't exactly Naughty Dog. So in my view they are related in the sense that they are all Sony first party developers. @MEDzZ3RO If that is really true then it's sorta sad. I still buy my fighters, and my friends still play it and get fun out of it. Just that the online fighting scene I'm just not up to par so I usually get beat up in Street Fighter 4 at least. I've also bought SC IV and Tekken 6 which I still play occasionally. Looking forward to MvsC3 and Mortal Kombat also.

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

A beta for a game that will be awesome that will be packaged with another game that will be extremely awesome. That's a whole lot of awesome. It appears that I need to get down and preorder KZ3 and Socom 4 very very soon.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@KaBo0m, LMAO no one in their right mind would buy MvC2 over KILLZONE 3!!!!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

What are some people here talking about, isn't Marvel vs Capcom 3 coming out on the 15th? I distinctly remember that it was going to make a great Birthday present for myself. @LordKaizer I'm in the same boat as you, I want them both. Hopefully I'll hoard up enough money for them by then, if I can resist the releases this month, I'm already being tempted by LBP2 and some buy 2 get 1 free deals this week.

RGDT021
RGDT021

Clearly the best way to move soldiers to and from battlefields is in unstable, completely unprotected open-air transport vehicles... I mean, what could possibly happen to them out there, right!? :-) A must-buy all the same!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@KaBo0m I bet they will. The fighting genre is in decline. Just look at how bad Tekken's doing now and they were the best sellers. I'm still getting both MvsC3 and Mortal Kombat but alot of people aren't into fighters like they used to be. It's the fps era now.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

First Portal 2 will come with the PC version and Now this.. Is it me or is Sony on fire this year.. Well at least MS fans can be happy knowing they have plenty of exclusive Kinect games coming out :)

Aboogie5
Aboogie5

Killzone is gonna be shooter of the year!

wooooode
wooooode

I really want the Beta but dont think I am going to get KZ3 so hoping they give it to plus members as well.

rangegear
rangegear

Now it just comes down to it....Bulletstorm with gears 3 beta..or killzome 3 with Socom 4 beta.

Marky360
Marky360

Buy one shooter get the Beta for another shooter free oh hell yeah thats what I'm talking about

Nihmmoh
Nihmmoh

@Cillerboy make that 9

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

I just may buy this for the beta access alone.