Single-player Killzone 3 demo hits Feb. 15

Solo sample of Sony's upcoming shooter will arrive in 3D, 2D versions; PlayStation Plus subscribers get early access Feb. 8; EU gamers receive entree one day later.

Last week, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the open multiplayer beta for Killzone 3 would run from February 2-14. For those craving more human-vs.-Helghast action before the game's February 22 debut, Sony and Dutch developer Guerrilla Games have a solution.

Players can fly the not-so-friendly skies in the new Killzone 3 demo.

Starting February 15 in North America and February 16 in Europe, PlayStation 3 owners will be able to download a single-player demo of Killzone 3. The demo will be available one week earlier to PlayStation Plus subscribers and will be released in 3D and 2D versions, both of which will be PlayStation Move compatible.

The demo will feature a single level, Icy Incursion, which sees players return to the conflict between the human Interplanetary Strategic Alliance and the Nazi-like Helghast. As the title implies, the level will feature a wintry landscape on the planet Helghan, which players must negotiate with the help of jetpacks. Melee combat will also play a major role in the level.

Killzone 3 is a sequel to 2009's critically lauded Killzone 2. In the previous title, the ISA took the fight to the Helghan homeworld, where it achieved a measure of success against the future-fascist 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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Marky360
Marky360

@Cillerboy Me Too I hate that guy

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

i considered KZ2 a horrible game mainly because of the it's horrendous aim. (more accurate hip-firing than ADS? B$!!). Looks like they improved the ADS for this one. I'll definitely play the open beta. :D

jnw93
jnw93

@tyskenfan im sure u could just change them

jnw93
jnw93

what no multi on demo ;[ oh well still should be good

monson21502
monson21502

@mad_krips, because i liked the multi player more then the single player in kz2. ied much rather have the online multi player demo for kz3:P

moutaindewkid
moutaindewkid

playstation has much better games this year than xbox

cp198108a
cp198108a

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Henninger
Henninger

Thats sounds good but there's just 1 little, wait no thats not rite, HUGE problem, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes out that day so yea i will not b playing that demo 4 a long time. MvC3 FTW!!!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Yet another reason why I don't pay for PSN. Still nothing worthwhile :/ Pretty sure I can wait that whole extra day.

diduseethatduck
diduseethatduck

@ Diddies Oh, you're so smart, what with your knowledge of the publisher and all! I truly believed that this game was coming to Xbox 360 and certainly didn't post with the sole intention of seeing how many people would call shenanigans. Thanks for the info, buddy!

fkbwii
fkbwii

KZ3 will be freakin' awesome! I say "fiddlecub" (aka Kevin Vanord) playing it on PSN. So I bet he'll be reviewing it.

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

i hope rico dies in the single player :P

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Same date as Runner Runner's debut album, assuming it won't get delayed AGAIN.

abhijit_manj
abhijit_manj

Hi....if i am in asia & i am a playstation + subscriber...will i have early access to the singleplayer demo. Just asking because usually the asian psn store gets stuff like this a bit late (for e.g bulletstorm demo)

ash162
ash162

Want this soooooooooo badly! They could have released the demo earlier than a week before lol..

lamprey263
lamprey263

good, I'm tired of these multiplayer demos

xGho5tx
xGho5tx

Great news! Can't wait to try out the beta as well 8)

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

WTF GG this is just 6 days before release... ill just wait for the full game.

Silent_death7
Silent_death7

hmmm, a demo eh. pre release torture if you ask me... why put out a demo a week before the game is due to be released???? how about giving us the full game a week early instead.. i'll still be buying it though, very good series

EasyToTalkToIty
EasyToTalkToIty

Awesome! This will be my 2nd 3D game. Thank you Sony!

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

I hope this time it will have better controls than its predecessor

marvel456
marvel456

I hope the demo doesn't bring any spoilers.

Kid2812
Kid2812

I cant wait to try it out

The36
The36

I just wasn't the biggest fan of KZ2, but maybe 3 will be a bit less repetitive and feature a few more weapons and better button-mapping.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 are very different games; 2 is much slower and tactical, while 3 succumbed to/ went with the twitchy, CoD playstyle.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

Can't wait. Killzone is my favorite FPS franchise as of right now. Killzone 3 seems to solve all the problems in the second game. I just hope the online component has more balance to it then the previous version.

tyber78
tyber78

ill be waiting for this demo :)

Tera_Bite
Tera_Bite

@Pito360 I totally agree! If I find the crouch button can't be allocated to something other than a trigger button, I'm out as well!!

badlalo59
badlalo59

Great news...gonna try this out and see how the controls have changed.

Pito360
Pito360

I'm a killzone fan and pre order the collectors edition but if the controller is the same as Killzone 2 I'm out!

vader501st
vader501st

Nice! Looking forward to the full game!

acer_062
acer_062

I remember the killzone 2 demo being awesome and really looking forward to the killzone 3 demo.

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

Sweet! ill be getting the beta on feb 2nd, and the demo on feb 8th for me! am i excited! :P

The_Irving
The_Irving

These games actually seem to be progressing over time. I remember the first one was terrible. I played the second; it's story was awful but it was fun, like so many other games in this age. The trailer for the 3rd looks really kick-ass, though.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I hate "early access" demos. Everyone had access to demos at the same time before Plus. What was once free now becomes a feature you have to pay for. Doesn't really matter, though. I'll be buying it because I loved Killzone 2.

IceJester45
IceJester45

A single-player demo? Good. Finding games in that Crysis 2 demo has been a nightmare.

jarrett
jarrett

Hopefully the controls and single player are significantly improved over the last game, because I found the story anything but compelling. Nearly walked away halfway through the game due to boredom. Never played online though, so I cannot comment on the likes of that.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

@ monson21502 How is it ANYTHING like the demo for MW 2? Don't even talk about that game if it's not worth mentioning...

tennis12master
tennis12master

Yes! Gives me a good chance to try out Killzone 3, despite the fact that I participated in the MP beta. Can't wait for this game.

Diddies
Diddies

@diduseethatduck This will not go to the xbox lol. It is published by SCEA which is Sony Computer Entertainment America.

diduseethatduck
diduseethatduck

Oh, golly gee, I sure do hope they bring this game to Xbox 360 so I can play with all of my friends on Xbox Live!

athenian29
athenian29

I wish this was on Steam, so I could pre-load it and play it instantly. Ah, whatever. I'll be patient.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Killzone 2 is my favorite fps ever. Killzone 3 will be much better hopefully! @ Outer_Raven. Eh, not really. Black Ops had the best Single Player FPS campaign ever IMO. Killzone 2 was pretty generic "enemies pop up" and stuff. Still good though. But who cares about campaigns?!!! Online play!!! Killzone does not lag at all. Gotta love it

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

I'll download this, but probably be be too busy with MVC3 to play it....

Jake518
Jake518

Cannot wait for this game to come out!

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Cool. I'll make sure to download it.