The multiplayer trial will kick off on March 22nd (23rd in Europe) for premium members, while the rest of the PSN community is forced to wait until April 5th (6th in Europe) to try out the military shooter. US players with specially marked copies of Killzone 3 will get in a bit earlier on March 29th, while a private beta test is scheduled for March 15th. Phew. That's a lot of dates — you can get the full break down here and here.
In addition to the beta, Zipper's gone live with some new details on the game's fourth multiplayer mode, Bomb Squad.
"In Bomb Squad, Insurgents have planted a number of bombs around the map and the Spec Ops team must defuse them all before time runs out. What makes Bomb Squad special is that it features the unique Bomb Technician character, played by one member of the Spec Ops team, who is charged with defusing the explosives," said Chris Roper (BEYOND!) on the PlayStation Blog. "He carries both an automatic shotgun and a mobile grenade launcher and is very heavily armored, making him a deadly force on his own; that said, the technician is still an open target any time he turns his back to defuse Insurgent bombs. Succeeding in Bomb Squad requires tactics, teamwork, patience and confidence to get the job done, all pillars of the overall SOCOM experience."
Sounds like a nice twist on a traditional game-type. We're still curious how newcomers are going to take to SOCOM. The franchise has always been about immense patience, communication and strategy. We wonder if that will still play in a post-Call Of Duty era.
Guess we'll find out when that beta goes live, eh? The trial will let you get your hands on all four of the game's multiplayer types across two maps — "Assault & Battery" and "Port Authority". We're itching to take a look. Not long to wait now.