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Rise of Immortals open beta begins

By Steve Watts, Jul 06, 2011 9:30am PDT

Rise of Immortals has gone into open beta testing, and all participants will receive an exclusive skin and $10 worth of in-game money to spend once the game launches.


"There is no persistence in HoN other than your match record. You start completely fresh with no ..."

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Uncharted 3 beta unlocks content in final game

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 28, 2011 5:30pm PDT

The Uncharted 3 multiplayer is going on... right now! You should play as much as you can, as Naughty Dog has unveiled bonuses that will unlock in the final game based on your participation.


"I was really looking forward to experiencing the awesome 3D that I've been hearing about from ..."

- ChaosNovaXZ see all 3 comments

Journey private beta begins; win a code here

By Jeff Mattas, Jun 27, 2011 5:30pm PDT

ThatGameCompany reveals details about Journey's invite-only beta, which begins June 28.


" i played ico and shadow of the colossus when i was younger, and in short they pretty much ..."

- jordanbobordan see all 233 comments

Journey private online beta begins soon

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 23, 2011 8:30pm PDT

Journey has been receiving tons of praise for its inspirational art direction. But, it also features online play--a feature you may have a chance to try next week.


"If he's not complaining about how shitty something is it means he's excited."

- ManiacalMoose see all 6 comments

Shack Giveaway: Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta

By Xav de Matos, Jun 23, 2011 12:55pm PDT

Shackews has explored the most secret caverns in the world and walked away with 40 codes to the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer beta. This giveaway as ended.


"Definitely the helicopter boss battle in the collapsing building."

- BEEF-MAGIC see all 159 comments

Long-delayed Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta to remain 360 exclusive when it finally arrives

By Xav de Matos, Jun 21, 2011 4:30pm PDT

Ubisoft has told Shacknews that, despite delays, the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta is still Xbox 360-exclusive and early access will be given to owners of Splinter Cell: Conviction. We examine the story since it was announced.


"Oh yeah! That's beautiful stuff! They are truly pushing that nvidia 7900 to the max!!!! "

- Saldrin see all 26 comments

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier beta arrives January 2012

By Xav de Matos, Jun 20, 2011 7:10pm PDT

Ubisoft has announced the beta for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will now arrive in January 2012, it had originally been slated to launch this summer.


"That's just the beta. The game was pushed to Q4 of 2012 after they showed it at E3."

- Madwacker see all 9 comments

Guild Wars 2 beta later this year

By Xav de Matos, May 18, 2011 2:20pm PDT

NCSoft has announced that a beta test for Guild Wars 2 is planned for the "second half" of 2011. During a conference call, the NCSoft CFO hinted the game could launch in 2012.


"well, NC Soft's traditional release dates are April and November... and they usually have a beta ..."

- surferosh see all 16 comments

Gears of War 3 beta had 1.29M participants

By Steve Watts, May 18, 2011 10:45am PDT

The Gears of War 3 beta has ended, and Epic Games has shared ten [profanity]-loads of stats on amount of participation, kill counts, beta-exclusive unlocks, and more.


"unlike GEARS2 the game's netcode seem pretty solid (I didn't find out until later that they had ..."

- X-GOUKI see all 8 comments

Gears 3 beta 'buddy tokens' coming

By Steve Watts, May 02, 2011 10:05am PDT

Microsoft and Epic Games are opening up a new way to join the Gears of War 3 beta. By accomplishing certain time-intensive or monetary tasks, you can earn "buddy tokens" to invite friends into the next beta phase.


Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta now live

By Steve Watts, Apr 25, 2011 12:15pm PDT

Reminder: The Gears of War 3 beta is now available if you pre-ordered from GameStop, so get in there and duck-roll-shotgun till your heart's content.


"We could make a party and roll some noobz. If we get ten people, that's a full lobby."

- Fenring42 see all 19 comments

Shack PSA: Gears of War 3 beta available for Bulletstorm loyalists

By Xav de Matos, Apr 18, 2011 12:00pm PDT

Shacknews reminds Bulletstorm owners that, starting today, the Gears of War 3 beta is available to download and chainsaw in half...


"I should probably add I don't think the beta is meeting the expectations of Epic. Last night ..."

- Fhaze see all 7 comments

Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream' beta hits Steam

By Jeff Mattas, Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm PDT

The beta for 'Cold Stream,' part of an upcoming Left 4 Dead 2 DLC pack, is released via Steam.


"Oh right, most of you guys haven't experienced what it's like to use Beta software. :V"

- PanDaruBox see all 25 comments

Gears of War 3 beta to launch in 'Mid-April'

By Xav de Matos, Feb 24, 2011 12:40pm PST

Microsoft has revealed the multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3 will launch in "mid-April" and include three new modes across four maps...


"Well, that's something I guess. Similar promises to stop hacking were made with Gears of War 2 ..."

- TylerJSmith see all 6 comments

Free-to-Play Company of Heroes Online Beta Shutting Down March 31

By Xav de Matos, Feb 02, 2011 8:15am PST

Seemingly out of left field--where our enemies are no doubt hiding their machine gun nests--Relic and THQ have announced that the Company of Heroes...


"I don't think this got the attention it needed. I signed up and didn't get much info on it. It ..."

- millakazuya see all 14 comments