Killzone 3 open beta starts February 2

One-level, four-mode multiplayer sample will be available on the PlayStation Network in just over a week, ends February 14; European open beta runs Feb. 3-15.

Those eagerly awaiting the February 22 release date of Killzone 3 got some good news today. Starting on February 2, the open multiplayer beta for the Guerrilla Games-developed shooter will be available to all North American PlayStation 3 owners via the PlayStation Network until February 14. European gamers will get access starting February 3, with the beta ending on February 15.

The Killzone 3 open beta will run from February 2 to 14 in North America.

The beta will feature one large, asymmetrical level called "Frozen Dam," which, as the title suggests, is centered around a huge old dam in a winter setting. It will also feature four modes: Guerrilla Warfare (16 players), which is essentially team deathmatch; Warzone (24 players), a round-based campaign featuring five randomly assigned mini-missions; Operations (16 players), which features linear mini-missions; and Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots), which lets players familiarize themselves with the Frozen Dam level. The first three modes are also playable offline with bots.

Boasting 3D and PlayStation Move support, Killzone 3 is a sequel to 2009's critically lauded Killzone 2. In the previous title, the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance took the fight to the Helghan homeworld, where it achieved a measure of success against the Nazi-esque civilization that invaded the human colony of Vekta in the 2004 original. Now gamers will get the chance to pick back up with Sev, Rico, and the rest of their surviving squad, outgunned and outmanned by the Helghast as usual.

Killzone 3 will be available in two versions, a standard $60 release and a $130 limited-edition package with a replica mask and helmet of the series' signature Helghast armies. 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 Killzone 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I thought it was on the 9th Good thing I checked Gamespot. Some of the other websites give you misleading info.

ff10andff12
ff10andff12

thats so stupid here i am on the 2nd waiting all day and no beta. Drove me crazy.

tinmap
tinmap

Can someone tell me how to exactly play the beta? i'm new to this so sorry i don't know how it work

jnw93
jnw93

kool its a shame they have too close it though i wont too play it till the game comes out

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

Do you have to sign up at all or will it be downloadable in the marketplace?

Nehemy
Nehemy

can't wait untill killzone 3 comes out it going to be awsome!!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Well, I don't care about the beta. In fact, judging by the low number of comments this story got, hardly anyone cares about the Kilkzone 3 beta. Lol.

eggchicken
eggchicken

@daniel_droid u do know it's because of the 3D right?

daniel_droid
daniel_droid

wow the graphics kinda looks blury not gonna get it till they fix it

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Good time to be a PS3 and Xbox owner. Crysis 2 demo is coming out tommorow , I will just play that until this comes out. I guess Black ops is going out the window for a while.

Jake518
Jake518

I cannot wait for this game to come out!

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

i can't wait to play this game and i can't wait to see all those lag switchers ruining the game like killzone 2 .

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Nice. 1 more month till actual launch. Can't wait.

mrhagane
mrhagane

Guerrilla Game : report to SCEE, we now currently have 100 million players in Killlzone beta server SCEE : God seriously? so that's the reason why our server is damaged :D

eastwoodmaniac
eastwoodmaniac

Good, because the closed beta was awesome but severely underpopulated.

Jamesandpie
Jamesandpie

So I've got my hands on a beta version of the 'public beta trial' today to identify bugs and test the network ahead of the full scale beta. If you're on geohots 3.55 or rocking a 3.41 JB, then I will gladly pkg it and send it for any of you Gamespot folk.

Ps3-4-EveR
Ps3-4-EveR

What is this video ?! Hey guys go to PS.BLOG And watch the real Beta video Gamespot is a stupid web site !!! Just check it out then you will say as i said !!! I can't let anyone denigrate the PS3 !!!

shaka_fo00o
shaka_fo00o

Oh this is awesome! Gonna be the first beta i can get

BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

To quote Sulu "Oh my!" *grins*

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

is beta open world wide or just North America and Europeans ?? cause im in Australia

TheGrudge13
TheGrudge13

@Davidik832 if thats true then thats even better

Davidik832
Davidik832

@TheGrudge13 i think they mean u dont have to sign in... basically, it will be available for every1.

warrner11
warrner11

Ohhhh the PSN is gona crash that day.

TheGrudge13
TheGrudge13

great news . now how do i sing in for the beta

Melas300
Melas300

@tyber78 I don't know any betas that u pay to play them....

robtheguru
robtheguru

Can't wait...Killzone 2 was by far the best FPS I played! I just wish it got a PC release lol.

tyber78
tyber78

will this beta be free??

JoKeR_421
JoKeR_421

3rdbass@ at least u can play story mode with another player now. u get co-op now.

fkbwii
fkbwii

Sweet! I love open betas!

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

i never got the hype and praise for the 2nd game. i beat it. played online. and after playing it for hours i never could get used to the "weight" of the movements. supposedly it's more "realistic" but who turns their heads that slow?

3rdbass
3rdbass

Too bad they won't have split-screen in botzone. I really wanted to play that offline with my g/f.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

This makes me feel better since I'm going to be missing out on the Crysis 2 beta.

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

yes! i've been dieing to play the beta! didnt get a chance in last year is beta.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

can't wait! too bad is still too far!.

MrSelf-Destruct
MrSelf-Destruct

Sweeeeet. I hope they don't limit it to Playstation Plus, though.

RadecSupreme
RadecSupreme

Retribution beta on the 1st and Killzone 3 beta on the 2nd, fantastic.