Posts Tagged ‘open beta’

Ghost Recon Wildlands PvP open beta now preloading

While it is a wailing shame that the name ‘Ghost War’ has been claimed by a game which features not one single spectre, apparition, manifestation, phantasm, or g-g-g-ghost!, introducing competitive multiplayer to the sandbox world of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] could turn out interesting. The 4v4 team deathmatch mode Ghost War will hit Ubisoft’s open-world imperialism ’em up sometime this autumn, but an open beta will let all and sundry try it for free this weekend. Preloading of the standalone test client has now begun and you needn’t own Wildlands to play it. Read the rest of this entry »

Think of the Children’s co-op parenting hits open beta

Around Christmas 2015, former Senior Scottish Correspondent Cara Ellison and I got smashed and played Who’s Your Daddy while everyone else was at the office party. It’s a competitive multiplayer game recreating the battle of wits between a dad and a baby set upon causing itself grievous harm, a struggle to keep the little idiot alive as it scoffs batteries and chugs bleach. A good time for all.

Right now, I’m looking at Think of the Children [official site]. It’s another parenting game, this one with cooperative multiplayer, about parents trying to keep kids safe everywhere from the beach to the zoo. An open-ish beta test launched yesterday so ooh I’ll have to check this out. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: WW2 open beta hits PC on September 29th

Call of Duty [official site] is returning to its roots. No more orbital adventures and digital warfare, and little chance that the series will complete its full evolution into a sort of first-person Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Instead, the billboards that decorated E3 this year had a solemn air about them. “This,” they wanted us to know, “is serious business.”

We’ll have to wait ’til CoD: WW2’s singleplayer aspect is playable before we get a proper sense for the tone and the specific battlefields we’ll be (re)visiting, but the multiplayer open beta is coming to PC in a couple of weeks. It’s a little later than console and will run across the weekend, from the 29th September to the 2nd October. No real news on what exactly will be included yet but the announcement post gives a few more details.

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Destiny 2: Judging the game from the beta is an impossible prospect

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Once upon a time (like, 9.30am BST) Adam popped up on work Slack chat and asked if I could spend two days playing the Destiny 2’s [official site] PC beta. 2 Days 2 Destiny, if you will.

I would.

Here is my report after a few hours! I’ll update it with more thinking if and when it occurs to me or if I want to show off a particular quadrakill and pretend it’s news or something. There are mild spoilers ahead but a) I don’t think it’s anything you won’t have seen on various livestreams or at events if you’ve been paying attention to those and b) Bungie have set the whole story bit of the beta up so it cuts off before you get any answers – only questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Bungielicious: Destiny 2 PC open beta starts today

The free open beta test for Destiny 2 [official site], the MMO-lite shooter sequel from Halo creators Bungie, begins tonight on PC. It’ll kick off at 6pm (10am Pacific), available exclusively through Blizzard’s Battle.net Blizzard Beam Actiblizzablasta Battle.net client. The first Destiny skipped PC so this is a handy chance to check out what it’s all about. Our Pip, who played Destiny aplenty on console, is playing the beta and will have more to show and tell us about this beta soon. Also Alec is doing something involving screwdrivers and graphs or whatever a ‘tech’ is. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2 PC open beta starts August 29

Bungie have confirmed that Destiny 2 [official site], the online hangout and dancing social space with an attached MMO-FPS, will launch its PC open beta on Tuesday, August 29. That’ll run until Thursday, August 31. If you’ve wondered what consoleers have been on about these past few years — and what Adam enjoyed so much when he played at E3 — you’ll be able to find out for free. Bungie have also confirmed tentative PC system requirements so you can figure out if you’ll be able to run Destiny’s Child. Read the rest of this entry »

LawBreakers open beta back once again with the ill behaviour

Cliff Bleszinski and his Boss Key Productions are holding another open beta test for their gravity-bending multiplayer FPS LawBreakers [official site] this weekend. It’ll start Friday then run until Monday, and you can prepare by preloading the client now. The last beta was one month ago and the game will launch in a fortnight, so this is a chance to see basically what it’ll be like. Changes since the last beta include a sandbox tutorial mode, balance tweaks, matchmaking improvements, and all the character customisation doodads. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 free open beta starts October 6th

October the 6th be with you. (And also with you.) Lift up your Electronic Arts, as they’ve announced that the free multiplayer open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] will start on October 6th, letting all and spacesundry fight around several corners of the Federation until October 9th. Read the rest of this entry »

Gigantic launching in July, escapes Windows 10

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Five-on-five third-person brawler Gigantic [official site] will launch in full on 20 July, developers Motiga have announced.

We first caught wind of the free-to-play game way back in 2014, and since then it’s been chugging along under the watchful eye of James Phinney, the lead designer of both StarCraft and Guild Wars. So far the ongoing open beta has only been available on Windows 10, but it’s now broadened its horizons onto the Arc Games platform, so you can play it before release on Windows 7 and 8 too. The final version will also be available through Steam.

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The Witcher’s fave card game, Gwent, is now in open beta

Drizzle-soaked Welsh county and card game of tavern scoundrels, Gwent [official site], is now in open beta. Originally an in-game pastime from The Witcher 3, developers CD Projekt RED are casting it out into the world to see if it can survive on its own with naught but a pair of free-to-play clogs. It involves pitting your fightcards against the enemy’s fightcards on a wooden battlefield and borrows at least some ideas from the card game of sublime Italian cowardice Condottiere. But if you’re unfamiliar, we have a trailer below which explains it much better.
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Gwent open beta begins next Wednesday

Oh Witcherful day! A Netflix show based on the original books is in the works, we heard this morning, and this afternoon game developers CD Projekt RED announced that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game [official site] will enter open beta on May 24th. That’s next Wednesday! Gwent is, of course, a standalone, free-to-play spin-off of the card battle game CD Projekt made within The Witcher 3. This time, it’ll come without the nagging feeling that you really should be off slaying devilish beasts and saving the world rather than gambling for pocket change in taverns. Read the rest of this entry »

Yager’s spaceship ’em up Dreadnought hits open beta

Honking great spaceships are now blasting each other in the newly-launched open beta of Dreadnought [official site]. Made by Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager, it’s a multiplayer class-based shooter were folks play as capital-class spaceships. You know, the big ones. After a year in closed beta testing, now it’s open to all who sign up over here with publishers Grey Box. Read the rest of this entry »

How chivalrous! Mirage: Arcane Warfare open beta is live

STAB ALL WIZARDS.

Fancy stabbing some wizards this weekend? Check out the open beta test of Mirage: Arcane Warfare [official site], the upcoming magical follow-up to fab first-person stabber Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. Mirage shares many of the fundamentals but with some different tricks in its fantasy classes and the meaty magic spells that its developers say they want “to feel like you’re throwing bricks at people’s heads”. Mirage has been in closed beta for a while, and we flung thousands of beta keys into you adoring crowds ourselves, but this weekend everyone is invited to play for free. Read the rest of this entry »

Sign up for the Dawn of War 3 multiplayer open beta

Signups have opened for the Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War 3 [official site] multiplayer open beta test due to run later this month. The open beta will let all and sundry play a limited slice of multiplayer from April 21st to 24th, ahead of the RTS’s proper launch on the 27th. It’ll have all three factions, though not with all their customisation options and Elite units, along with three maps. After reading Fraser Brown’s Dawn of War 3 preview, I’m certainly up for a weekend of waaagh! Read the rest of this entry »

Boo! Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta has started

You tell me: why am I your outboard memory? Why do you need me, today, to remind you that the four-day open beta test for sandbox stealth-o-shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] is now live? We told you when it was coming, then we told you it was preloading, and now here I am telling you that it’s started. Why? Why is this on me? You could’ve written on your hand in marker: “THURS 11am: START KILLING.” Gone around muttering “Gonna kill ’em all on Thursday.” Set a voice alarm. Wrapped an elastic band around your wrist so your grotesque swollen purple hand would remind you. But no, here I am. The free Wildlands open beta is now live. You’re welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta up for preloading

All you RPS historical reenactors out there: you can now pre-load the open beta client for Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] to prepare for recreating Brendan and Graham’s closed beta adventures. But who plays Graham and who plays Brendan? Which one of you feel hopeful about the squad-based stealth-o-shooter and who will get a bit bored? Who plays Scottish and who does Irish? You can sort these questions out as the 30GB download rolls ahead of this weekend’s open beta. I trust that you already have plaid shirts and beards sorted out from your other RPS reenactments. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta starts Feb 23, tontos

How many guns does it have! HOW MANY!?

Graham and I have already shot drugmen in the head in perfect sync when we played the closed beta of Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] together. But there was only two of us. What we really needed were some friends – and now it looks like we’ll get thousands! The open beta is soon going to be available to anyone who wants to crack skulls and advance the US agenda in cartel-torn Bolivia. It’s running from February 23 to 27.
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For Honor open beta starts February 9th

Knights vs. Vikings vs. Samurai stabfest For Honor [official site] will hold a four-day open beta test shortly before launch next month, Ubisoft announced today. From February 9th through 12th, all and sundry will be able to stab each other across a variety of modes. This announcement comes after a closed beta test last weekend and, er, a cheeky little leak giving the news away. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s it’s a Spartan Blitz: Halo Wars 2 open beta live

Halo Wars 2 [official site], the RTS spin-off from Microsoft’s Xbox FPS, is now in open beta on Windows 10. Until January 30th, all Tenners can check out the multiplayer ‘Blitz’ mode for free. That’s nice, as Edwin Evans-Thirlwell says Blitz is one of the more interesting parts of Hwar so hey, good for us. Blitz is a team-based mode where, rather than building armies and bases, units and powers are doled out by cards from a deck you build. Yeah I’m up for that. Read the rest of this entry »

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 ‘open beta’ coming February

An open beta test of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 [official site] will launch next month, ahead of the first-person face-shooter’s launch in April. “An off-brand Far Cry with a dash of Battlefield” is what RPS spotter Edwin Evans-Thirlwell called GW3 after playing a preview version last year, which sounds like it might be a lark. If you’re interested, you can sign up for the beta over here and yes, asking people to register in advance “to be given a chance to” play is a funny way to run an open beta’. Pip suggests an “Ajar Beta”, perhaps an “On The Latch Beta”, or a “The Key Is Under The Plant Pot Beta”. Read the rest of this entry »