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October2013

  • News 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 Fly to the Moon in This Athletic Destiny Trailer

    Become legend

    As promised, Halo creator Bungie has deployed a brand new trailer for Destiny. The clip – which confirms that pre-orders will unlock beta access early next year – sets the overall tone of the interstellar plot, and shows se

  • News 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...

September2013

  • News 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...

August2013

  • News 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...

July2013

  • News 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

    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...

January2013

  • News 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

    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

    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

    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...

December2012

  • News 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

    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...

November2012

  • News 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

    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...

October2012

  • News 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

    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...

September2012

  • News 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

    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...

August2012

  • News PlayStation All-Stars Beta Attacks Europe Next Month

    Crossover chaos

    European gamers will finally get access to the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta next month. The limited public test is set to take place from 11th September until 18th September. Unlike the North American trial, it will be playable on both PS3 and Vita. In order to gain access to the beta, you’ll need to register your...

  • News Ratchet & Clank: QForce Beta Opens to EU Plus Members

    Full frontal assault

    If you’re a European PlayStation Plus subscriber, we recommend booting up your PS3 right away. Sony has launched a Ratchet & Clank: QForce beta which will be available to premium members for a “limited time only”. The beta features a single-player tutorial, a ranked competitive mode for up to four players, and...

  • News EU PlayStation Plus Subscribers Invited to DUST 514 Beta

    Extraction point

    Those of you yet to get a private invitation to the DUST 514 beta will be given the opportunity to go hands-on tomorrow, when developer CCP Games opens up the multiplayer test to European PlayStation Plus subscribers. Premium members will also get the chance to purchase the recently released Mercenary Pack at a discounted price...

  • News DUST 514 Beta Clashes with Eve Online This Month

    Boom

    CCP Games will be hoping nothing explodes when it moves the DUST 514 beta onto a standalone test server with hardcore PC MMO EVE Online later this month. The move – pencilled in for 21st August – will coincide with the beta’s latest update, allowing players of both games to communicate in real-time and exchange messages with each other...

  • News Ubisoft Skipping Assassin's Creed III Beta

    Time sink

    Assassin’s Creed III might be one of the biggest games of the year, but Ubisoft has decided against launching a multiplayer beta for it. Speaking with – whisper it – XboxGameZone.co.uk, Ubisoft Annecy’s Damien Kieken explained that preparing betas can take a lot of time and resources away from the main game. He said: A...

  • News PlayStation All-Stars Beta Battles onto PS3 This Autumn

    Global gladiators

    If you weren’t one of the elite PSN members lucky enough to score a beta code to SuperBot Entertainment’s upcoming mascot mash-up, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: don’t panic. The developer has announced that it’s looking to expand the online multiplayer test soon, with more invites set to be dispatched in the coming...

July2012

  • News PlayStation All-Stars Beta Codes Spotted in the Wild

    Settle the score

    If you’ve always wondered who would win in a fight between Sweet Tooth and Fat Princess, then you might not have to wait much longer to find out. The eagle-eyed editors over at IGN have discovered that SuperBot Entertainment has kicked off a top-secret beta for upcoming PS3 mascot mash-up, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The...

  • News LittleBigPlanet Karting Beta Open to EU PS Plus Gamers, Right Now

    Get karting

    The beta trial of LittleBigPlanet Karting on PS3 opened a little over a week ago, but as this is a highly anticipated title the demand has meant that many have, so far, missed out. It seems that Sony can't get enough of your feedback as registration and, most importantly, access is now available to PlayStation Plus subscribers in the EU...

  • News LittleBigPlanet Karting Beta Hits the Starting Grid on 10th July

    Ready to race

    Sony has confirmed that the recently announced LittleBigPlanet Karting beta will take to the track on 10th July in Europe. Budding boxcar racers will be issued an invite over the coming weeks. It’s unclear what the beta will include at this stage, but we assume it will feature the full creation toolset in addition to online...

June2012

  • News Reserve Your Space in the LittleBigPlanet Karting Beta

    Va va voom

    If entry into the LittleBigPlanet Vita beta wasn't enough burlap action for you eager lot, then Sony’s announced that it's serving up early access to the upcoming LittleBigPlanet Karting too. Those of you in Europe can register your interest by completing the fairly straight-forward form accessible through here. Unfortunately, we don't...

May2012

  • News CCP Opens Beta Registrations for DUST 514

    Can you Adam and Eve it?

    CCP Games has kicked off the beta registration process for its upcoming PS3 exclusive DUST 514. The title – which ambitiously ties into PC MMO Eve Online – is set to get a free PSN release this summer, but the developer needs help finalising its code. Eve Online members will be given first priority, followed by attendees...

  • News Far Cry 3's Closed Beta Shoots onto PSN This Summer

    Summer holiday

    Good news for GameStop Power Up Rewards members planning on picking up a copy of Ghost Recon: Future Solider: you’re all invited to Far Cry 3's closed multiplayer beta. The trial will kick off this summer on PS3 and will run for two weeks. Of course, if you don’t want to buy Ghost Recon (or shop at GameStop), Ubisoft will still be...

  • News Sign Up Now for the LittleBigPlanet Vita Beta

    Roll up, roll up

    Want a chance to play LittleBigPlanet Vita before it's out? You want to sign up for its beta, then. The beta is open to Vita owners in North America or Europe and will launch a little later this year. All you need is a Vita, SEN account, internet access and a whole lot of luck. North American users, sign up here. Europe, your...

April2012

  • News Eve Online FanFest Attendees to Scoop DUST 514 Beta Access

    Front of the queue

    Those that attended the recent Eve Online FanFest event in Iceland will be amongst the first external players to get beta access to CCP’s uber-ambitious free-to-play downloadable shooter DUST 514. Currently the only people with access to the title are internal Sony testers. FanFest attendees are set to be invited soon, with an...

March2012

  • News Starhawk Beta Adds Tanks and Jetbikes

    Not your average Harley-Davidson

    Sony’s upped the ongoing Starhawk beta to version 1.3, bringing with it some new goodies along the way. Amongst the new content is a Jetbike, designed for speed and maneuvrability, and the Ox Heavy Tank, which unsurprisingly is as hard as nails. Finally there’s a new “epic” 32-player map called Planet Dust...

April2011

  • News Buy SOCOM 4, Get Resistance 3 Beta Access

    Seems a fair deal

    The ongoing assembly line of Sony first-person shooters and their accompanying betas and demos is a smart move on Sony's part, keeping gamers engaged with a constant supply of anticipation-building action. Just as gamers who picked up Killzone 3 got access to the SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs beta, so those who purchase the full game...

March2011

February2011

  • News Guerilla Releases Killzone 3 Beta Results and Patch Details

    Patching up the Helghan

    The Killzone 3 Beta is now officially over, and while all those hours spent fragging away may seem like just a good bit of free fun, they've actually helped to turn Killzone 3 into the definitive multiplayer experience for the PlayStation 3. The multiplayer team at Guerrilla Games was nice enough to post a list of the...

  • News SOCOM 4 Confirmed for 3D, Beta Coming with Killzone 3

    War gets beta

    It's wall-to-wall betas on PlayStation 3 at the moment: just as many gamers are ripping through the Move-enabled Killzone 3 beta, Zipper Interactive is bringing a beta of upcoming shooter SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals to PlayStation 3 owners soon. For a limited time, copies of Killzone 3 will contain access to the beta, which will be made...

  • Out Today Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta (Global)

    Get it while it's hot

    The much-anticipated, Move-enabled multiplayer beta for Killzone 3 is on its way to PlayStation Network users across Europe and North America today. Take to the battlefield in the Frozen Dam level in one of three online game modes – Guerrilla Warfare, Warzone and Operations, or the offline Botzone gametype. You'll only be...

  • News Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta Delayed Until Tomorrow

    Just a little longer

    If you missed out on the PlayStation Plus and invite-only beta for Killzone 3, today was supposed to be your chance to wage war on Helghan, but the beta's seen some last minute technical hitches and now won't launch until tomorrow. From 10am Pacific Standard Time tomorrow, you'll be able to battle in the game's Frozen Dam level...

January2011

October2010

  • News More LittleBigPlanet 2 Beta Invites On the Way Next Week

    Keep your eyes peeled

    If you missed out on the first round of beta invites for LittleBigPlanet 2 then worry not: Sony will be sending out a fresh batch of invitations next week. If you've bought previous downloadable content for the original LittleBigPlanet, are a big community contributor or subscribe to PlayStation Plus, don't take your eyes off...

  • News Sign Ups for the Killzone 3 European Beta Start... Now

    PlayStation Plus subscribers only

    When a company says "details will be available in the near future", the near future can be anything from weeks to months. Sony's just beaten the world land speed record for more details arriving, with the Killzone 3 beta details officially announced just days after being teased. Launching on October 25th,...

September2010

  • News Cross Your Clothy Fingers for a LittleBigPlanet 2 Beta Invite

    Ready to go this week

    The buzz around LittleBigPlanet 2 has been steadily growing since Media Molecule showed off the first video promising the ability to create entire games in the forthcoming sequel. Some lucky Sackboys and Sackgirls will soon get the chance to try the game for themselves, as Sony is about to send out a round of invitations to the...

August2010