Killzone 3 multiplayer going free-to-play

[UPDATE] Sony bringing stand-alone level-capped multiplayer client for last year's sci-fi shooter to PlayStation Network next week as free download; full experience to be available for $15.

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Sony will launch a free-to-play stand-alone version of Killzone 3's multiplayer component next week, the company has revealed.

Killzone 3's multiplayer is going free-to-play, but with some stipulations.

During the most recent PlayStation Blogcast, Sony revealed that players will be able to download Killzone 3's multiplayer component for free from the PlayStation Store. All the game's maps (including downloadable content maps) will be included with the download, as well as the game modes Operations, Guerrilla Warfare, and Warzone.

The free version of Killzone 3's multiplayer segment is not without its restraints, however. Players will be allowed only to reach the level of Sergeant 1 with the free trial. Players can purchase the "full experience" for $15, which grants players a 24-hour double XP bonus, free unlock points, the ability to create clans and custom games, and access to the Botzone mode.

The Killzone 3 multiplayer stand-alone version will launch next week on the PlayStation Network.

[UPDATE] Developer Guerrilla Games has shared additional information concerning the Killzone 3 multiplayer stand-alone version on its official website. Most notably, the company revealed the stand-alone multiplayer version of Killzone 3 will be out next week.

The Killzone 3 single-player campaign is not included with the download, nor have plans been announced to sell that portion of the game separately.

For more on Killzone 3, check out GameSpot's review of the sci-fi shooter.

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