EA has announced that the multiplayer beta for Battlefield 3 is set to go live on September 29th.
Gamers who own a PC, PS3 or Xbox 360 will all be given the chance to test out the online gaming aspect of Call of Duty’s main competitor.
A select few will also be given the chance to play even earlier than that, as those who have pre-ordered the PC version through Origin (EA’s online store) – and anyone who pre-ordered the limited edition Medal of Honor game – will be given access on September 27th.
More specific details on the beta have also been released, such as the fact that it will be set in Paris on a map entitled Operation Metro.
Here’s what EA has said on the subject:
The beta is set in Paris on the Operation Metro map, where players work their way from lush parks on the outskirts of the city to a dark, bombed-out metro station, to the vibrant streets around the Paris stock exchange.
Two elite tactical units square off in the series’ popular Rush Mode. One side takes the offensive by attacking M-COM stations while the opposing squad defends and protects.
Gamers in the beta can also log onto Battlelog, the game’s free social media network that allows gamers to communicate and compete with friends, track their stats and share their progress. Battlelog extends the in-game experience to be accessible anywhere, whether on a PC, console or handheld device.
Players are also invited to join the EA Gun Club for the latest shooter news, and to receive in-game benefits including access to the M1911 pistol and distinct badges in Battlefield 3. The M1911 pistol will also be available to registered Battlefield veterans.