Killzone 3 is set to launch near the end of February and Sony is planning on giving all gamers a taste of the multiplayer mode for free. It’s rare to see a publisher hold a “beta” so close to the launch of the game.
However, according to the official PlayStation Blog, Killzone 3 open beta will be available for download February 2nd to all PS3 owners. The beta will run till Feb. 14 and will come with an exclusive early access to the MO05 ‘Frozen Dam’ multiplayer map from Killzone 3.
Not only will the beta include an exclusive map that wasn’t in the previous beta, gamers will have to all three online modes: Guerrilla Warfare, Warzone and Operations, along with the offline multiplayer mode, Botzone. This announcement is starting to sound more like a feature offering then a beta program.
Here are the details of the beta:
“Frozen Dam” is a sprawling asymmetrical map set in an old dam facility, the playing field in MP05 has been carefully tailored to fit each of the multiplayer modes. Here are the four multiplayer modes included with the Open Beta:
Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
Guerrilla Warfare is a standalone multiplayer mode similar to classic Team Deathmatch: You and your teammates must try to kill as many of the opposing team as you can before the timer runs out. In this mode, only the downstream monitor houses and repair bay are accessible, giving the map a very frantic pace.
Warzone (24 players)
If you’ve played Killzone 2, you may already be familiar with Warzone. It’s a round-based multiplayer campaign that consists of five randomly ordered mini-missions. In this mode, the power house and penstocks directly under the dam are accessible as well, so there’s more room to come up with different strategies and approaches to your goal.
Operations (16 players)
Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3?s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.
Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots)
Botzone is an offline multiplayer mode ideal for those looking to get to grips with the controls, the weapons or the map layout before going up against live players. Each of the aforementioned multiplayer modes can be played offline, against CPU-controlled opponents.
Check out the trailer below for another new map reveal ‘Bilgarsk Boulevard’:
As confirmed by Jush Push Start, Killzone 3 is said to be the largest PS3 game ever, clocking in at a whopping 41.5GB. Just to put things into perspective, Killzone 2 was 12GB.