Following a four-day open beta test via Steam at the end of March, publisher EA has launched a longer open beta for the squad-based action-RPG Darkspore.
The open beta will let you play through 12 maps and 15 character levels, messing with the Spore tech-powered character customisation. The similarities end there, though, as Darkspore is a squad-based, sci-fi, action-RPG with co-op and PvP.
While the first open beta required Steam, this does not. You can download the 5.49GB client from the official site or via Steam. There have also been a hefty number of fixes and changes since the last beta, as detailed in the monster patch notes.
This second beta will run until April 22, while the full version of Darkspore is due to be released for PC on April 26.