Posts Tagged ‘open beta’

The Crew 2 open beta starts next week, preloading now

A free four-day open beta is coming next week for The Crew 2, Ubisoft’s open-world car/boat/plane/motorbike/helicopter/STUFF racer, ahead of the game’s full launch later this month. Pre-loading for the beta has already begun, and absolutely I have it chugging away in the background right now so I can explore its recreations of some of my favourite corners of the USA. You’ll find me parked amongst big trees or in a river. Read the rest of this entry »

Dauntless invites everyone to slay some poor animals in its open beta

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Dauntless is Monster Hunter for people who fear grind”, said Edwin Evans-Thirlwell when he wrote about Dauntless last year. Hey! That describes me! After years spent smiling and nodding while people told me about how absorbing Capcom’s previous games were, I was confident I’d get sucked into the same dino-trouserfying loop with Monster Hunter: World earlier this year. I was not, and bounced off the game after a few hours spent repeatedly fighting the same beasties in battles that dragged rather than thrilled.

Perhaps I’ll have more fun in Dauntless’s free open beta, which kicked off last night. It sounds reductive to call it a cartoony, simplified Monster Hunter that nevertheless tries to match it almost note for note – but that’s definitely the vibe I’m getting from this trailer.

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Chase Murderous Pursuits in its open beta this weekend

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“This is what I’ve always wanted Assassin’s Creed multiplayer to be”, said I in a preview of Murderous Pursuits. It’s a game about hunting and being hunted by Ship: Remasted devs Blazing Griffin, and if you boot up the free open beta this weekend that’ll be doubly true: the devs say they’ll be lurking around, waiting to hit you in the back of the head with a piano leg.

The game comes out on April 26th, so you can treat this as a chance to check out if it contains murders worth pursuing. Or you could just listen to me telling you that it definitely does.

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Metal Gear Survive open beta sneaks onto PC next week

While I’ve little interest in Konami hypothetically making new Metal Gear Solid games without Hideo Kojima, I must say I am curious about them taking the guts of MGS5 and spinning them off into the open-world base-building survival sandbox Metal Gear Survive. I would like to build a wacky funhouse base full of traps to trip, trap, and repel crystal-headed zombies, especially as I’d get to muck about with my pals in co-op. Well, Konami have announced they will run an open beta test of Metal Gear Survive on PC next weekend, packing several missions and four-player co-op. Ah yeah, go on. Read the rest of this entry »

Bam! Bif! Pow! Injustice 2 hits open beta

Your favourite DC Comics superheroes and villains — including Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing, Black Canary, Catwoman, the animal fella, the angry one, Seaman, Jared Leto, and the one who’s definitely miffed but I wouldn’t say angry per se — are now BAM!ing, BIF!ing, and POW!ing all over PC in a free open beta test of Injustice 2. It’s the sequel to 2013’s superpowered fighting game from Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm Studios, and is coming to PC a few months after its console debut. NetherRealm want to be sure it’s in decent shape before launching, though, so everyone is invited to try the multiplayer for free this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Total War: Arena launches open beta weekend

We first played Total War: Arena, a curious 10v10 free-to-play spin-off from the historical strategy series, way back in 2014 and… it’s still not out. Development evidently stumbled into several hurdles, and Sega ended up befriending the World of Tanks gang at Wargaming to help out. Well, now everyone is invited to see how it’s coming along, as a free open beta weekend started today. How does Total War work with twenty players each controlling a few squads? Take control of Romans, Greeks, or Barbarians this weekend and see for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 open beta extended two days

The free open beta test for Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] was supposed to end last night but Electronic Arts have decided to continue its mission to explore strange new modes, to seek our new players and new impressions, to boldly go where all those movies and books and comics and toys and cartoons and t-shirts and waffle irons and popcorn makers have gone before. The open beta will run for another two days and now end on Wednesday. You might fancy a go, as young Matthew Cox declared that “while Battlefront 2 surpasses the audio visual spectacle that was the only exceptional feature of the first entry in the series, it’s also a deeper and more interesting game.” Read the rest of this entry »

Go boldly: Star Wars Battlefront 2’s open beta has started

Grab your crysknife, zip up your stillsuit, and boldly go into battle as Star Wars Battlefront 2 [official site] has launched its weekend-long open beta test. Until Monday, all and sundry are invited to download the beta through Origin. It packs several maps and modes, with everything from spaceship battles and urban infantry combat. Multiplayer is the focus but it does have a dash of solo action in the Arcade mode – not part of the singleplayer campaign, mind. We’ve have some thoughts on the beta later but for now, here’s word that it’s out. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: WW2 open beta starts preloading

After larking around in the present and future, Call of Duty this year returns to the war that kicked the series off, wrapping modern CoD in the spats and mud of the Second World War. How has that worked out? Well, you can see for yourself this weekend in the free PC open beta test for Call of Duty: WW2 [official site]. The test will begin on Friday but we can now preload the client. It’s a 14GB download so you might want to start now if your PC isn’t slurping a jackhose ripped to the nines with gigabits to spare. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »