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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

Shack PSA: Killzone 3 Beta Delayed by One Day

By Xav de Matos, Feb 02, 2011 6:00am PST

We hate to be the bearers of bad news but it appears that shooter fans will have to wait a full 24 hours longer than they expected to participate...


Killzone 3 Beta Goes Open on February 2

By Steve Watts, Jan 21, 2011 1:45pm PST

Sony has announced that the Killzone 3 beta is about to get a lot more crowded. The PlayStation Blog gives word that an open beta for the game will...


"How can you have a beta if the game has already gone gold? Is this just for future Patch info? "

- VeshDrown see all 7 comments

Buy Killzone 3, Get SOCOM 4 Multiplayer Beta Access

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 19, 2011 11:15am PST

Those picking up "specially marked" copies of Guerrilla's upcoming Helghast-blast, Killzone 3, will receive a code that grants access to the...


"That game was so disappointing. One of the maps I found a spot that was way back in some random ..."

- Sailor of Fortune see all 6 comments

Battlefield Play4Free Adds Punkbuster Support; Looking to Test Server Limits

By Xav de Matos, Jan 13, 2011 10:00am PST

If cheating on the modern, free-to-play battlefield is getting you down, EA has revealed some very good news. In a post updating the ongoing beta...


"Punkbuster and VAC have more than half a million bans between them. Just because you can find ..."

- Draco3k see all 19 comments

APB: Reloaded 'Closed Beta' Details Detained

By Xav de Matos, Jan 10, 2011 12:00pm PST

New details for the previously reported upcoming February "closed beta" for APB: Reloaded have been revealed on the game's blog, listing a number...


"Agreed...and this is all not even mentioning the randomness of matchups (lvl and numbers of ..."

- Rape.Farm see all 7 comments