Killzone 3 will be releasing to retailers in North America and Europe on February 22 and 23, respectively. Unfortunately for those of us who reside in the zone of killing known as Europe or South Africa (because that’s in Eurpoe ), the upcoming beta will gives North American players the same one-day lead, according to the PlayStation Blog.
For 12 days beginning February 2 in North America, all PlayStation 3 owners will be able to download the “open beta” (read: demo) and treat themselves to stereoscopic 3D, Move support, and access to just one map, titled “Frozen Dam.” Inside that one map, you’ll at least be able to try out all three online multiplayer modes – 16-player “Guerrilla Warfare,” 24-player “Warzone,” and 16-player “Operations” – in addition to the bot-based, offline mode cleverly titled “Botzone.” See below for more details on the modes:
Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
Guerrilla Warfare is a standalone multiplayer mode similar to classic Team Deathmatch: You and your teammates must try to kill as many of the opposing team as you can before the timer runs out. In this mode, only the downstream monitor houses and repair bay are accessible, giving the map a very frantic pace.
Warzone (24 players)
If you’ve played Killzone 2, you may already be familiar with Warzone. It’s a round-based multiplayer campaign that consists of five randomly ordered mini-missions. In this mode the power house and penstocks directly under the dam are accessible as well, so there’s more room to come up with different strategies and approaches to your goal.
Operations (16 players)
Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3′s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.
Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots)
Botzone is an offline multiplayer mode ideal for those looking to get to grips with the controls, the weapons or the map layout before going up against live players. Each of the aforementioned multiplayer modes can be played offline, against CPU-controlled opponents.
While you wait, check out this latest multiplayer video, showing off the killstreaks in the game.