Gearbox is known for their successful series, Borderlands. Combining first-person shooters and role-playing game progression, Borderlands was also known for the comical humour and storyline that saw players, laugh cry and rage at the digital world they became engrossed in. Gearbox looks to continue this success with a new game, Battleborn.
Battleborn isn’t just another shooter combined with role-playing elements, this time, they’ve decided to add in some progression elements similar to multiplayer online battle arena games, and with player versus player action, the game doesn’t stop there.
This weekend, or rather from now till April 18th 7am PT (1400 GMT), you can not only enjoy the initial 7 heroes but as you progress and rank up you can enjoy more and more, with competitive versus and story mode letting you earn XP towards temporary helix augmentations and character and command ranks, every game increases your characters strengths.
It should be noted that experience and items obtained within the open beta won’t carry on to the retail version when it releases May 3rd. You can download the games open beta on Steam, found here.
With sword-wielding vampires, exploding wrestlers and a mecha wielding penguin, what isn’t to love? With the game available for £39.99 or £51.99 for the Digital Deluxe Pre-order version the open beta may attract more to the game.
DOOM recently went through a closed beta phase that lasted from March 31 to April 3, and since the game’s official launch date of May 13 is rapidly approaching, id Software is making preparations for the game’s open beta, which is actually going to kick off on April 15 and will last until April 17. During this open beta phase, everyone will be able to try out DOOM’s multiplayer in the form of Team Deathmatch and Warpath modes on two maps named Heatwave and Infernal.
Bethesda has also stated that id Software plans to implement a series of content updates for SnapMap after the game’s release. These updates would include new map modules, objects and props, as well as new features and functionality improvements, editing tool enhancements and AI enhancements. DOOM’s multiplayer will also receive content updates such as new game modes, which should prove interesting. Apparently, the aforementioned SnapMap and multiplayer updates will be completely free to use, which is definitely a big plus. From what I’ve seen so far, DOOM is shaping up as a very promising title, although some users have criticized the game’s multiplayer mode for losing its original DOOM feel and identity. However, we’ll just have to wait for the official release in order to form a proper opinion.
Wargaming has just announced that it pushed its upcoming title, World of Warships, to open beta. This means that everybody can download and enjoy the naval warfare game and if you were already in the closed beta, you can now have your friends join and help you through the PvE or even test your skills in PvP with them.
The open beta is said to have 10 unique maps and over 90 ships, split into two historic naval ship banners, the Americans and Japanese. The tech tree has four ship classes, all with their unique gameplay and tactics. You can either choose to have Destroyers, boasting big torpedoes, extreme manoeuvrability and smoke screen capabilities, or take the helm of Cruisers and intimidate your opponents with big, powerful guns, anti-aircraft guns, and a lot of firepower to support your teammates.
The remaining two classes consist of Battleships, who are goliaths that can pierce through the thickest armoured ships in the game, sustain a lot of damage and act as the “guardians” for your fleet, and the almighty Aircraft Carriers, who can be your fleet’s eyes and firepower support.
Aside from the American and Japanese banners, you can also take the helm of a few Russian and British. So whether you want to try it out or get your friends to help your fleet, it’s definitely worth giving it a try. You can download it from its website here.
Lionhead Studios has been running closed beta tests of its in-development game Fable Legends since October 2014, and it now aims to stress-test it by sending out more invites in anticipation of open beta testing, which is promised soon.
The news was revealed by the social media coordinator for Lionhead Studios Lauran Carter (@LHAlbionGirl) on her Twitter account:
We'll be seeing more of you in Albion very soon! RT @FL_Beta: MORE INVITES ON THEIR WAY, CHICKEN CHASERS! Keep an eye on those inboxes 😀
The highly anticipated open-end MMORPG build on cryteks engine, ArcheAge, has gotten it’s official release date announced during PAX. Trion also announced an open beta period for everyone to test out the new world and go on an adventure. The open beta will start on Thursday, September 4 at 10:00 AM PDT and run to the same time on the 8th.
To all of Erenor’s intrepid adventurers, be you fierce warriors, brave explorers, fearsome pirates, or skilled crafters: we welcome you as a member of ArcheAge’s launch community! Revealed this evening in Seattle at PAX Prime 2014 to an audience of your fellow players, Trion Worlds and XLGAMES are proud to officially announce that ArcheAge will launch on Tuesday, September 16
There is no invitation needed and the ones lucky enough to play the closed beta can return to their characters as they were including taxes and crops. The characters will however be wiped for the official launch, or rather 4 days prior. Early adopters and founders get a four day head-start into the game.
Alpha testers will be rewarded as well, but with what is unknown. The statement reads, “Starting this Saturday at 6:00 PM PDT, our diligent Alpha testers should check their in-game mail, keep a weather eye on the horizon, and be ready for anything…”
The game isn’t the traditional 3 class mmorpg, but allows you to build unique characters, to a certain degree, out of a long list of skills and abilities. There are four different races to chose from, six primary skillsets and four more support skillsets that can be combined into more then 100 classes.
The economy is player-driven. Gatherers, crafters and traders are the engine that drives ArcheAge and the economy within. With the skills you’ll master you can raft goods and homes or galleons and castles. You can also transport and trade materials across the realm where you’ll of course need to protect it.
The game of course, like any, has a rich player versus player action. It has normal raids and pvp action as well as sabotage and piracy. Trion calls it a world-changing PvP, but how much of it actually is new is to be seen. The game also has a vast uncharted ocean that separate the continents. Of course there is an ideal new battle arena in that and the game features Naval combat on the high seas. Amass your fame and fortune by trading and pirating.
The video below is a 20 minute introduction into the game and can have spoilers for those who want to experience it themselves first hand.
Bungie has officially made Destiny available to everyone by opening up the Open Beta stage for the title. It is said that everyone on an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 can download the title on the PS Store or Xbox Live marketplace.
A quick note is that PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 pliers need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership account to be able to download Destiny. PlayStation 3 owners are said to get it for free due to the fact that PS+ is not a requirement for multiplayer on the latter mentioned console.
The announcement is said to have been made on Destiny’s Blog, having Bungie stating that it already received a lot of good feedback from early access gamers. The Open Beta stage however is said to act as a stress test for the servers to make sure they are good to go for the title’s launch.
“Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.” the statement tells us. “we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world.”
The Open Beta is said to now be live and accessible straight away. The download size is said to be 5.5 GB, which is not a lot given the complexity of the game itself.
Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
Dogs of War Online entered into a closed beta phase a week ago, but Cyanide wants you to give their servers a work out and will be opening up the game to everyone from October 18th (today) until Monday October 21st so they can perform server stress testing.
The stress test will be available from Steam (source link) beginning at 1900 CET (10 AM PST).
In the game players can choose from three factions and enter various battlefields using different modes of play. The game is free-to-play so you don’t have to buy anything, and here are the features:
Create your own company of mercenaries from three playable factions: Light, Darkness and Destiny.
Each unit has its own scalable characteristics and skills, allowing you to refine your strategies from battle to battle.
Enjoy a free game based on the Free-To-Play model with over 24 customizable units to be acquired and regular updates with new characters.
Fight your enemies in various game modes such as the classic « Team Deathmatch » or « Kill the commander »
Use wisely a large variety of tactical orders to crush your opponent.
Send your warriors on mission and make your Fortune via an innovative system of quests!
The game is still set for a release sometime this fall.
Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.
EA recently revealed that the Battlefield 4 open beta will start on October 1st for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Meanwhile the game will go official on October 29th as previously expected.
“The highly-anticipated Battlefield 4 action starts with the Battlefield 4 Open Beta on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC slated for October 1, then the game lights up on October 29.” Stated Peter Moore COO of EA.
EA also confirmed that Battlefield 4 would become available on Next-Generation consoles on November 19th (North America) and November 21st (Europe) for Xbox One, while PlayStation 4 will see Battlefield 4 on November 12th in North America and November 29th in Europe.
EA also claim players can start learning maps, unlocking items and building up their stats on current generation consoles. They can then carry all this progress over to the next-generation console if you choose to get one of those. Sadly you will have to buy Battlefield 4 again for the next generation consoles, even if you bought it for current generation consoles, but EA is trying to ease the pain slightly by offering upgrade versions for $10.
“Playing early on the Xbox 360 or PS3 means you will be able to learn maps, unlock items, and build stats in Battlefield 4. You can then seamlessly carry over a lot of cool content from the current gen game to a new Xbox One or PS4 version to get a jump on the competition….Offers from many of our retail partners will help you buy Battlefield 4 on the Xbox 360 or PS3, and then upgrade to an Xbox One or PS4 version for as little as $10.”
Wargaming have announced that the company’s highly anticipated free-to-play flight combat MMO World of Warplanes has officially gone into open beta testing, inviting all virtual pilots to climb into the cockpits of some of the most iconic warbirds from the 1930s to the early 1950s. Open beta goes live today in Russia and North America, and July 4th in Europe. In total, the closed beta saw more than 2.7 million applications from 194 different countries.
Featuring planes from the United States, the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan, players will be able to jump into white-knuckle 15 vs. 15 PvP matches, where supremacy of the skies is determined not only by skill, but also coordinated teamwork and cooperation.
World of Warplanes enters open beta with features including a real-time tactical feedback system to help players learn the best possible combat tactics, as well as crews and crew skills, consumables and various types of ammunition. The game will also feature a brand new tutorial to give fledgling pilots a chance to learn the ropes before they hit the deadly skies.
At the late stages of the open beta, World of Warplanes will also see the official launch of the Unified Premium Account system, allowing players of either World of Tanks or World of Warplanes to purchase a premium account and have its benefits extend to both titles.
As a bonus, players who took part in the closed beta testing phase will also receive special prizes.
“We thank every single World of Warplanes player out there, whether they’re just getting into the game during open beta or have been with us since the very start,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “The game has grown and evolved tremendously since we first announced it and I’m confident virtual pilots are going to be extremely excited when they get behind the cockpits of the game’s truly amazing warbirds.”