Uncharted 3, easily one of the most highly anticipated AAA titles to be released this year (and certainly atop my own personal list), had a beta announced just two months ago. Since the announcement developer Naughty Dog has gone dark on the details, but today the floodgates have opened.
In an exclusive reveal over on IGN, Naughty Dog detailed the features available and the beta, and boy is it expansive. To be included in the beta will be nine multiplayer modes: Team Deathmatch, 3-Team Deathmatch, Team Objective, Free For All, Plunder, High Stakes, and three yet to be revealed co-op modes.
Team Deathmatch, Team Objective and Plunder will allow up to five players per team, 3-Team Deathmatch allows for three teams of two, and Free For All and High Stakes allow for up to eight players. All nine of the multiplayer modes will take place across two maps: Airfield and Chateau.
Also detailed in today’s blow-out are the multiplayer’s “power plays”. In case you forgot just what that was all about, power plays are brief events designed to give the losing team a leg up over the winning team. Some of the power plays detailed in the reveal include Marked Man (a person in the winning team is marked, awarding the opposing team additional points if they get taken out) and Crused (all characters visible by the winning team turn into skeletons, and friendly fire is turned on).
All these features are well and good, but the question on most of your minds — including my own, admittedly — is likely just when we’ll be able to get our grubby hands on the beta. If you have a voucher from inFAMOUS 2 or a PlayStation Plus subscription, you’ll get your access to the beta beginning June 28. If you’re without a PS Plus subscription or a voucher, you’ll have to sit and wait until July 4 to download it. The beta is expected to run until July 13.
There’s quite a bit more details from the big reveal so if you’d like to know more, head over to IGN to get the full low-down.