Battlefield 3 multiplayer alpha & beta access detailed

The official blog for Battlefield 3, the next installment in the EA-published, large-scale military shooter series, shares some new details about the game's upcoming multiplayer beta. First up is an Alpha trial--accessible via invite only--focused primarily on server-related stress tests. While no Alpha Trial codes are being given away on social networking platforms (a relatively common practice these days), there are still a couple of things you can do to improve your chances of an Alpha invite. "If you'd like to have a chance to be called upon [for the Alpha Trial] make sure to register for our newsletter and ensure your Veteran status is up to date," the blog notes. In addition to the closed alpha test, EA re-confirmed plans for a public Battlefield 3 beta in September. Folks who purchased the Medal of Honor: Limited Edition recently received an email confirming that they will be able to participate, though the Open Beta's start date is still unknown.

Some players recently received this beta reminder in their inboxes.

In short, if you're a Limited Edition owner that didn't purchase the game secondhand, you'll be beta-eligible. Just make sure you've opted to receive email newsletters from your EA Profile. Those who "purchased a copy of Medal of Honor with the Battlefield 3 Beta sticker on it" are also eligible. Battlefield 3 is planned for an October 25 release on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.