Closed Beta Testing Begins for Dead Island: Epidemic and Nosgoth

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Today is a big day if you have a thing for beta testing free-to-play PC games as the closed beta phase for two titles officially gets underway.

From Deep Silver there’s Dead Island: Epidemic, the Zombie Online Multiplayer Battle Arena (ZOMBA) game pitting three teams of four players against each other in a war over supplies amidst waves of hungry zombies. This is not the typical Dead Island experience, but it does share similar elements like weapon crafting and cooperative play. Shamble on over to www.playdie.net if you would like to submit an application for the closed beta.

The other new closed beta offering comes from Square Enix and Psyonix, developer behind the third-person multiplayer action game known as Nosgoth. As you may have already inferred from the title, Nosgoth takes place in the same universe as the Legacy of Kain franchise, only during a different era of the series’ timeline. The game is a team-based competitive war between humans and vampires, each vying for control over Nosgoth. Each race brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield, the humans outfitted with ranged weaponry like hand cannons and crossbows while the vampires utilize supernatural powers and melee attacks.

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As part of the closed beta, Nosgoth has introduced a new mode called Siege, in which humans must fight to capture and hold map territory as the vampires hunt their human prey for a tasty snack of blood. Fresh content will be added as the beta progresses, including additional modes, maps, character classes, weapons, abilities and skins.

Sound like something you’d be in to? Fill out the form at beta.nosgoth.com/register/new to register for a potential beta invite.

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