Sony has announced the open beta for Killzone 3 will be launched early February and will be available for all PS3 owners to play.
Between the February 3 and February 15 you will all have the opportunity to download and play the ‘Frozen Dam’ multiplayer level for free off the PlayStation Store.
All three game types – Guerrilla Warfare, Warzone and Operations will be available for budding shooters to test out with the offline mode featuring bots also being bundled into the beta.
If you’re not familiar with the different game modes that Killzone multiplayer has to offer then the Official PlayStation Blog has kindly detailed all four:
Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
Guerrilla Warfare is a standalone multiplayer mode similar to classic Team Deathmatch: You and your teammates must try to kill as many of the opposing team as you can before the timer runs out. In this mode, only the downstream monitor houses and repair bay are accessible, giving the map a very frantic pace.
Warzone (24 players)
If you’ve played Killzone 2, you may already be familiar with Warzone. It’s a round-based multiplayer campaign that consists of five randomly ordered mini-missions. In this mode the power house and penstocks directly under the dam are accessible as well, so there’s more room to come up with different strategies and approaches to your goal.
Operations (16 players)
Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3′s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.
Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots)
Botzone is an offline multiplayer mode ideal for those looking to get to grips with the controls, the weapons or the map layout before going up against live players. Each of the aforementioned multiplayer modes can be played offline, against CPU-controlled opponents.
Killzone 3 launches exclusively on PlayStation 3 on February 22nd in the US, 23rd in Europe and 25th in the UK, and will come with free beta access to Zipper Interactive’s upcoming shooter Socom 4, now that sounds like a must buy!