August, 2015

Black Ops 3 announces the annual pre-order beta dates

As usual with the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, there will be some multiplayer beta dates for those who’ve opted to pre-order the game. Today, Activision announced what those dates would be.

On PC, the multiplayer beta will run from 26 August to 30 August (presumably inclusive of those dates, though the press release isn’t absolutely clear.)

The actual maps and modes to be included in the beta haven’t been revealed yet, because, while it would be simple for them to do so, drip-feeding information like this ensures that Activision get to keep Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in the news more often.

However, they are generous enough to mention that the beta will allow players to “[use the] new momentum-based, chained movement system, find the perfect Specialist to fit their play style [and] get a feel for the new multiplayer maps.” Again though, only if you take the fairly hefty risk of pre-ordering.

 

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Life is Strange Episode 4: Darkroom nearly developed

The fourth episode of the rather excellent Life is Strange will launch on 28 July, Square Enix has announced.

Darkroom, as this penultimate episode is titled, starts the episodic adventure rapidly moving towards its conclusion. The mystery surrounding Rachel Amber’s disappearance is coming into focus, but with the disastrous storm of Max’s dreams approaching, there’s not long left to figure out what’s going on.

You can see the launch trailer (which doesn’t seem particularly spoiler-y to me, though I haven’t played the third episode yet) below. It’s actually rather good, managing to get some tension across without explicitly spoiling anything. Or, well, not that I could see.

Life is Strange‘s fourth episode launches next Tuesday.

 

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