Crysis 3 Open Multiplayer Beta Begins Next Week


Leading up to the February 19 North American launch, between the dates of January 29 and February 12, EA and Crytek will be hosting an open multiplayer beta playtest for Crysis 3 across all platforms, including PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

During the two week multiplayer preview, Nanosuit testers will get a taste of two modes (of the eight included in the full game) and two maps (out of 12) and have the opportunity to customize loadouts with different weapons and suit modules up to a maximum rank of 10. The New York Feed in-game social networking feature will also be up and running, allowing gamers to keep tabs on the accomplishments of their friends and other players and attempt to complete dynamic challenges for bonus experience.

Here are more specifics about the content to be featured in the beta preview.

Beta Modes:

Hunter Mode:
This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked “Hunters”, and up to fourteen CELL troopers awaiting extraction. Each trooper slain respawns on the Hunter team to prey on their former allies, building to a frenetic climax. If any of the troopers survive the round, the hunters lose. Whichever way you play, Hunter Mode delivers a heart-pounding test of strategy and survival.

Crash Site Mode:
This multiplayer game mode is the ultimate King of the Hill type experience. An Alien dropship deploys a pod at random around the map. Players on each team must remain near the dropped pod in order to capture the zone and accumulate points. Each alien pod holds two shields players can utilize defensively as weapons. In addition, each Crash Site map will have a “Pinger”, a CEPH-constructed walking weapon of mass destruction. But be careful, other players can hijack the Pinger while you’re inside of it!

Beta Maps

Roam the dark ruins of the museum that’s located inf downtown Manhattan, and use the verticality to your advantage.

Close to the financial district, nature has taken over buildings and planes in this open fields area.

New York Feed

The New York Feed is a new feature to Crysis 3 that allows you to select challenges that award you XP for completion. These are generated by your own performance, by your friends’ progress, and by the game when you are in squads game lobbies. They range from the simple, such as “get ’X’ kills in a match,” to feats of daring like “kill a Pinger with a rip and throw pole.” There are huge numbers of these and you can have up to four active at a time if you meet the requirements. When you beat a challenge it can generate challenges to your friends to try to best your accomplishment. It also gets published to the New York Feed for all your friends to see.

Access to the beta will be open to anyone with a modern console/capable gaming PC and a functioning broadband connection. On PS3 and Xbox 360, players will be able to download the Crysis 3 beta demo from the PSN Store or Xbox Live Marketplace. PC testers will need an active Origin account.

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