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News: Destiny of Spirits Beta Starts Trading on 24th October

Destiny of Spirits Beta Starts Trading on 24th October

Written in the stars

There may be a more high-profile monster trading title on the horizon, but that’s not stopping Destiny of Spirits from planning a global beta. The intriguing social spirit sharing game by Lumines developer Q Entertainment will be available temporarily from 24th October on the PlayStation Vita, where you’ll be able to get a...

News: You'll Be Able to Fulfil Your Destiny with a Pre-Order

You'll Be Able to Fulfil Your Destiny with a Pre-Order

Bungie unlocks beta access

While you impatiently chomp at your nails waiting for Bungie to deploy Destiny’s next gameplay trailer, Amazon.com has accidentally announced a sliver of information regarding the first-person shooter’s online beta, which is set to begin in early 2014. According to the retailer, pre-ordering the title on either the...

News: Sacrifice Your Spirit to the Dark Souls II Beta on PS3

Sacrifice Your Spirit to the Dark Souls II Beta on PS3

Prepare to die

Quit pricking your eyelids with rusty nails – a much more masochistic pastime demands your attention. Sony has teamed up with From Software to launch a beta for Dark Souls II on the PlayStation 3, and all that you need to do to participate is register your interest on the PlayStation Store. European readers will find a special...

News: Killzone: Mercenary Beta Opens for Brutal Business Next Week

Killzone: Mercenary Beta Opens for Brutal Business Next Week

Sharpen up soldier

Those of you not lucky enough to infiltrate Killzone: Mercenary’s private multiplayer beta earlier in the year will unlock access to the online stress test next week. Guerrilla Cambridge will be recruiting PlayStation Plus members from 20th August in North America and 21st August in Europe, followed by everyone else from 27th...

News: Check Your Inboxes, Killzone: Mercenary Beta Codes Are Go

Check Your Inboxes, Killzone: Mercenary Beta Codes Are Go

Keep calm and slaughter some Higs

If you’re reading this, you’re doing it wrong. We’re all for decreasing so-called bounce rates and increasing reader retention (those of you in the business will understand), but right now the only thing on your screen should be your email inbox. Sony has confirmed that it’s currently deploying Killzone:...

News: Sony Needs Soldiers to Aid Its Killzone: Mercenary Beta Effort

Sony Needs Soldiers to Aid Its Killzone: Mercenary Beta Effort

Stand to attention

Look sharp budding militant: Sony is searching for a slew of eager recruits to take part in the upcoming Killzone: Mercenary multiplayer beta. To participate, all you’ll need to do is fill out this simple survey in North America, or login through here in Europe. You’ll have until 14:00PM PDT/22:00PM BST on 17th July to...

News: Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta Uncloaks on 29th January

Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta Uncloaks on 29th January

Creeping through the chaos

The game’s less than a month away from release, but that’s not stopping Crytek from deploying a Crysis 3 multiplayer beta next week. The online test will run for a period of two weeks, and will give you a chance to experience two modes and maps ahead of the title’s 19th February release. Crash Site, the first of the...

News: Prove Your Worth as a Warrior in God of War: Ascension's Beta

Prove Your Worth as a Warrior in God of War: Ascension's Beta

Open to everyone

Sony is rounding out God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer beta with an open invitation to all PlayStation Network users. Throughout the course of the holiday weekend, those of you in North America will be able to partake in the goriest battle since the start of Gangs of New York. There’s no need for a PlayStation Plus...

News: CCP Games Deploys DUST 514 Open Beta on 22nd January

CCP Games Deploys DUST 514 Open Beta on 22nd January

Just the beginning

CCP Games’ ambitious free-to-play first-person shooter DUST 514 will fire into open beta on 22nd January, the developer has announced. The news comes just weeks after the PlayStation 3 exclusive merged servers with its companion PC MMO, Eve Online. It’s all rather exciting stuff. "The launch of the Dust 514 open beta is...

News: God of War: Ascension Rewards Brave Beta Testers with Gear

God of War: Ascension Rewards Brave Beta Testers with Gear

Gift from the Gods

If you’re currently participating in the God of War: Ascension beta, then your efforts will not go unnoticed. Sony Santa Monica has promised to bestow all contributing warriors with a package from the heavens. Rewards include a set of steely championship armour and an exclusive blood-stained sword. We would have preferred a...

News: Sony Invites European Warriors to God of War: Ascension Beta

Sony Invites European Warriors to God of War: Ascension Beta

Test your might

There may not be emails in Olympus, but it’s a good thing that they exist on Earth. Sony’s just sent us an invitation to participate in the God of War: Ascension beta after registrations opened last month. If you’re successful, you’ll have received a notification on the same email address that your PlayStation Network account...

News: God of War: Ascension Beta Rises for Worthy Warriors

God of War: Ascension Beta Rises for Worthy Warriors

State your claim

Those of you that have unlocked God of War: Ascension beta vouchers via the title’s online social game Rise of the Warriors will be able to download the client right now. The file weighs in at a whopping 1.4GB, so make sure you’ve got plenty of spare hard drive space. There’s currently no other way to access the trial, but...

News: Sony Recruiting Willing Warriors for God of War: Ascension Beta

Sony Recruiting Willing Warriors for God of War: Ascension Beta

Death wish

It’s rare that the Gods seek the support of mortals, but this is one of those exceptional occasions. Sony is appealing for European PlayStation 3 owners to participate in the upcoming God of War: Ascension beta. To be in with a chance, all you need to do is visit this specially prepared sign-up page, login with your PlayStation Network...

News: DUST 514 Staying in Closed Beta Until 2013

DUST 514 Staying in Closed Beta Until 2013

Fermenting like a fine wine

Jack Tretton must have got his dates muddled up. CCP Games’ ambitious free-to-play first-person shooter DUST 514 will not launch later this month like the executive stated in an interview in September – instead it will stay in closed beta throughout the rest of 2012. "We'll be in closed beta for the rest of the...

News: God of War: Ascension Beta Causes Chaos This Winter

God of War: Ascension Beta Causes Chaos This Winter

Best served cold

PlayStation Plus subscribers will be invited to follow in the foot-steps of their favourite Greek warriors this winter, when the God of War: Ascension beta finally arrives on the PlayStation Store. The multiplayer test will allow you to sample the competitive side of Sony Santa Monica’s sequel without needing to sacrifice a...

News: PlayStation All-Stars Beta Begins This Week for Plus Subscribers

PlayStation All-Stars Beta Begins This Week for Plus Subscribers

Join the fight

Mascot mash-up madness will come early to PlayStation Plus subscribers this week, when the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale public beta launches on 16th October in North America and 17th October in Europe. Vanilla account holders will be invited to join the crossover chaos on 23rd October in North America and 24th October in...

News: Sony Starts Sending Out European PS All-Stars Beta Codes

Sony Starts Sending Out European PS All-Stars Beta Codes

Don your lab coat

Sony has started inviting European gamers to test out PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. If you volunteered yourself for scientific duties, you should probably check your email inbox right now. Go on – we’ll wait. Unlike the US beta, the European test will span both PS3 and Vita. You’ll be able to sample a handful of...

News: Pledge Your Corporate Allegiance in DUST 514

Pledge Your Corporate Allegiance in DUST 514

Social politics

DUST 514 is supposed to offer an easy entry point for those intimidated by sister experience EVE Online – but we’ve got to be honest, we’re not sure it’s going to achieve its aims. We’ve sat pondering this article for over an hour, and we're still struggling to find an easy way to summarise the PS3 exclusive's next big...