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MAG “Moves,” Plus the New Beta Program

Jeremy Dunham's Avatar + Posted by Jeremy Dunham on Aug 18, 2010 // Sr. Community Manager, Zipper Interactive

We have tremendous plans for our “ever-changing global war” that is MAG — and we’re starting with PlayStation Move!

MAG will support PlayStation Move

That’s right, later this Autumn MAG will offer full compatibility with the PlayStation Move! This added support means that users have another way to experience the most ambitious first-person shooter out there. Pinpoint accuracy and easy access to all of the game’s mechanics ensure that players of any type — be they hardened veterans or new recruits — can enjoy a shooting experience unlike any other.

But PlayStation Move support isn’t all we’re working on. Because our upcoming content is so important to the game and its future, we want your assistance to make sure we get it right! With that notion in mind we’re pleased to announce that, one week from today on August 24, we’re inviting existing MAG owners to take part in the all-new MAG Beta program!

What are you going to play and test, you ask? How does this hit you?

  • Escalation Game Type — battle it out with all three factions at once on three never-before-seen maps
  • New Weapons — each PMC has access to three new guns (9 total) for added firepower
  • Clan Deploy — a highly-requested community feature that allows clan leaders to launch games with up to 128 clan members in a single match
  • Updated Skill Tree — enjoy more customization than you’ve ever had before with new skills and an improved progression system
  • In-game Economy System — earn “credit points” by completing objectives and killing enemies to purchase new weapons and gear
  • Additional Character Slots — Create a persona for Raven, Valor and SVER on one account for maximum testing flexibility

To participate in the new MAG beta, all you have to do is download the client software from the PlayStation Store when it becomes available next week, insert your MAG disc into the PlayStation 3, sign-in to the beta client and… BOOM! You’re good to go. Reminder: You must have the MAG disc in your PS3 in order for the new beta client to work.

Amazingly, today’s announcement only scratches the surface of what’s planned for MAG’s future. That’s why we’re updating the Official MAG Blog constantly over the next few weeks with new and more detailed information of what you can look forward to, including a post today that explores, in detail, the complexities of our new Escalation game mode.

As always, the entire team at Zipper Interactive would like to thank you, our fans, for your feedback, loyalty and enthusiasm. Your continued support is what makes MAG what it is today, and it’s what inspires us to keep striving to make it better.

//Add Your Own

116 Comments   10 Replies

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+ Buuul on August 18th, 2010 at 12:35 pm said:

For all of you who think that Move support will give people an advantage… I have news for you. There are 2 or 3 companies that make a mouse/sub controller combo for the PS3. It’s absolutely amazing for shooters. I use one for MAG, and I’m sure lots of others do too. Having said that, I’m still buying a Move, and will certainly be giving it a shot for MAG and other shooters!


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+ DA_SHREDDER on August 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm said:

@ Pelt, Its your loss buddy.

Anyways, I wonder if you guys plan on adding 3-D as well? I would buy a 3-D tv as soon as a AAA title like MAG implements it. Keep up the good work Zipper. Me and my friends love you long time.


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+ Jeigh on August 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm said:

Well, this game just popped up on my radar- whoa, whaddayaknow? And the continuous support really is awesome. Thanks guys!


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+ jimfear on August 18th, 2010 at 12:52 pm said:

Any chance sooner or later for custom soundtrack? I would like to play at mag while listening some Behemoth :P


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+ NITROWOLF_2 on August 18th, 2010 at 1:00 pm said:

will we get any XP in the beta for our character? cause i want to play the beta but still amp my character for other game modes


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+ LokeSTL on August 18th, 2010 at 1:19 pm said:

@Jeremy Dunham

Fair enough. At least noone can say that you guys don’t support your product. I can’t say that I’m impressed with waggle/pointing getting added, but I guess I should reserve my whining (or praising, I guess) until after I’ve tried it. Yes, I’m a bit skeptical.

The VTK system drives me nuts because it is used(generally) in a manner that discourages players from participating unless they are with a clan. So if none of my clanmates are on, I may as well play something else unless I want to take my chances. Also, the person kicked loses everything they earned that round. Why? So I lose 1000 XP because someone wanted to squeeze in a buddy? Just terrible.

If you guys aren’t going to get rid of it, at least don’t penalize the kicked. If it’s important enough to kick someone, you should charge the kickers some XP. If one had to spend 100XP to get rid of someone, they’d be less likely to kick people for minute reasons.


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+ acejerk1022 on August 18th, 2010 at 1:19 pm said:

i really like the idea. Good job zipper interactive and keep up the good work.


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+ MadeInBrazil__ on August 18th, 2010 at 1:35 pm said:

Well, I guess I must buy MAG again :D


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+ JKar275 on August 18th, 2010 at 2:07 pm said:

Are there any plans to introduce new playable vehicles such as tanks, helicopters, patrol boats, etc?


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+ Trieloth on August 18th, 2010 at 2:45 pm said:

Wow keep up the good work guys and gals! You have my full support and looking forward to more goodies that is handed out. Cool avatar Mr. Dunham!


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+ Blaze1701 on August 18th, 2010 at 2:53 pm said:

:O awesome!!!!!!!!1!!!!11 i cant wait! another reason for me to buy MAG and playstation move!!!!!! oh and i would love an offline mode thats just four player split screen i dont care about bots. ohh maybe have four players at home on one system playing online with a bunch of other people!!!


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+ mikedo2007 on August 18th, 2010 at 2:57 pm said:

Zipper, after reading the new update. That’s how you make the game more interesting. I’m expecting a lot of new fan coming to try out this game.


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+ D-Squad3 on August 18th, 2010 at 2:58 pm said:

Bad Company 2 should support Move.


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+ Airwalkinman17 on August 18th, 2010 at 3:16 pm said:

Since Socom got delayed I was gonna wait on the Move peripheral launch. But since MAG is going to get MOVE support I am going to go buy MAG and a MOVE controller! See ya’ll on the battlefield.


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+ Hitman-Merc on August 18th, 2010 at 3:16 pm said:

new gun i need a auto shotgun, uzi 9mm & 45 caliber long slide


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+ Hitman-Merc on August 18th, 2010 at 3:20 pm said:

good idea i love to see that stuff in MAG i approve this message
Are there any plans to introduce new playable vehicles such as tanks, helicopters, patrol boats, etc?


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+ tito_fools on August 18th, 2010 at 3:38 pm said:

Freaking sweet , MAG is going 2 be even more awesome YAY ps3 is AWESOME


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+ joostin on August 18th, 2010 at 3:39 pm said:

@ Jeremy Re: comment #34

I like the added story elements like the news briefs, etc. on the site. I think a lot of people would agree with me, that if you guys were to add a browser link in the main menu under faction or something it would take you to either SVER, Raven, or Valor’s respective Web sites. I know you guys could do that. No need to recode it for the game, just add that little feature to the menu that is included in the PS3 firmware.

I think it would add some more staying power for the vets out there. I platty’d the game after like 300 hours playtime. Needless to say I love the game, and I love the added support which keeps me around. But it gets mundane sometimes when there is no progress to the story. Say Raven has been last place for three weeks. They get a news brief saying shareholders are jumping ship…heavily investing in S.V.E.R. industries. Then Raven gets x2 XP in matches against S.V.E.R. on top of any other xp bonuses. Just some sort of feeling that the matches are making a difference for your army.

Just my 2 cents. Sorry for the wall of text. Move day 1 because of this game.


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+ KILLZONE79 on August 18th, 2010 at 3:40 pm said:

it has been a wild ride on MAG, ive been in every MAG beta since day 1 all the way upto to bluray disc launch :)

im so looking foward to beta test MAG again :)


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+ jacob-813 on August 18th, 2010 at 4:06 pm said:

Aftr the beta will people have to pay for the new things that were in the beta or would it be an update?


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+ fuzzyclutter on August 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm said:

and to think ps+ members pay for “exclusive ” beta offers …. LOL .


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+ unstablefears on August 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm said:

Very nice! Now THIS is what I call an update :). I’ll be downloading the BETA!!


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+ vannucc77 on August 18th, 2010 at 5:04 pm said:

Will Interdiction be upgraded to three platoons per PMC because there are not enough people on the maps. Also maybe think about adding an OIC and making the vehicles harder to destroy. Thank you and I love the support you are giving MAG.


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+ president2038 on August 18th, 2010 at 5:41 pm said:

MAG has seriously been getting better and better from the start in a BIG way. Not that it matters what I think, but as someone who plans to buy PlayStation Move and who already has MAG, I have to give a big thank you to everyone at Zipper for staying committed to this game. When I first bought it I had my doubts, but I really like what you guys have done with updates and I think Move support (along with the new systems you’re implementing) are making this a phenomenal game. It really makes me proud to be an owner of this game, very nice work. =)


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+ koma1tose on August 18th, 2010 at 5:44 pm said:

where are the playstation plus betas ? SONY dont let me get my hands on you ( sony employees ) i ll give you more than a handshake. i still am sour about other os removal.


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+ saucyadobo on August 18th, 2010 at 6:18 pm said:

Zipper, you guys are the best.


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+ saucyadobo on August 18th, 2010 at 6:39 pm said:

I’m curious to see how the in-game Economy System will work out. I do like the the current system of using the level up pts to buy our weapons & gear. I’m excited for everything being put in, but I’m most excited for the new mode (all 3 factions ftw!) and the 128 man clan deploy. Now, I’ll need to find myself a good clan again.


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+ Blakkternalx520 on August 18th, 2010 at 6:42 pm said:

Zipper, you guys are really amazing keeping MAG going. I love this game and i wish more people would take this game more seriously. the only thing that annoys me is the people that play this game like there playing COD or something. I mean if you play a game like this, please use your mikes peoples. It makes it more fun. but thanks for the game update thats coming soon. another reason why ill be playing this game for a while. GREAT JOB ZIPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ CrapForce on August 18th, 2010 at 8:10 pm said:

I dont own MAG, but this kind of support should be with every game. nice work zipper!


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+ Sarno1605 on August 18th, 2010 at 8:47 pm said:

Zipper You Rule!!! Wish you made SOCOM Confrontation :-( All well at least your making SOCOM 4. Seriously Zipper You RULE!!!


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+ KingKronosDC84 on August 18th, 2010 at 9:21 pm said:

I have to say once again I’m very impressed by the support you guys continue to offer for MAG. I go to other forum and people are saying that the game is dead and online numbers are dwindling but when I’m in game using new additions like the directives and happy hour to boost XP I’m as happy as can be. I like interdiction but the majority of the players don’t seem to have it so it’s always a drag to have to wait in an Interdiction directive queue. Other than that I love what you’ve been doing consistently to make this game THEE best FPS on the PS3 or any system for that matter.

MAG lives on in a big way, thanks again.


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+ Pirate43 on August 18th, 2010 at 9:43 pm said:

you guys at zipper are just plain trying too hard to keep me from selling or trading in this game…..

but it’s working.


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+ EggySong85 on August 18th, 2010 at 10:03 pm said:

Never got too much into competitive FPS games, but Move support has officially put MAG on my radar. I’m going to be watching this very closely now! You guys are awesome for endorsing motion-controlled core gaming.


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+ iTz_CuRtAiNz_4u on August 18th, 2010 at 10:48 pm said:

THAT SOUNDS GREATTT..HOPEFULLY MORE PLAYERS WILL JOIN THE WAR & WITH THE MOVE IT’S GOING TO BE A BANGER..AS OF THE BETA AM IN LET’S ROLL.AY I HAVE A QUESTION WHEN ARE WE PLUS MEMBERS GONG TO GET EXCLUSIVE BETAS SONY PROMISED…LET US KNOW….BAM


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+ Dosx001 on August 18th, 2010 at 11:02 pm said:

MAG is the bestest 1st person multi shooter game ever to be make. the support it get helps alot cant wait for the beta really cant wait i hate waiting for kills when sniping and sometimes i miss it piss me off(thank god im halfway for the medal)


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+ InFaMoUz188 on August 18th, 2010 at 11:07 pm said:

That is what Im talking about Zipper!Good step in the right direction.Hopefully we could have a even better community.


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+ djramsay on August 19th, 2010 at 5:37 am said:

Fantastic news but a shame I’ve just deleted my lvl60 Valor character – Any chance this can be pulled back or is it lost forever?


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+ moovuly on August 19th, 2010 at 5:41 am said:

I tried 2D->3D while playing MAG on my 3DTV and it’s got great depth, you should try it. I think a proper 3D update would be welcome since the game isn’t all about graphics just running at a respectable frame rate with lots of people. A 3D training level like that bit in the intro video where it shows Raven characters testing weapons on an indoor virtual firing range would be good or a small amount of players (cough COD) confined on a small multi-layered map would work too.


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+ Chuckbait on August 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

I am not interested in this game… good to hear another title is supporting the move however. I would like to point out that the responses you have given to the commentors is excellent. Keep up the good work.


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+ HBKO on August 19th, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

Will MAG Ever Have Maps With Snow Or Rain Or Night & Day?


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+ DragonNutz on August 19th, 2010 at 9:01 pm said:

@32 tetsou9shima

Quote: If it’s someone who isn’t doing his job then he needs to be removed (believe it or not, this happens all the time in real life).

I can’t speak for military specifically but unfortunately, and this really pisses me off, but removing a poor or otherwise insubordinate leader does not happen all that often in the government.

source: I work for the government


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+ BooM-658 on August 19th, 2010 at 10:53 pm said:

I love the constant addition of new things most games stay the same as they were when you bought them and lose playing value after a while. Every time I get the chance to play MAG I’m doing something totally different than last time.


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+ BooM-658 on August 19th, 2010 at 10:55 pm said:

One question, is the Move support going to be an update for anyone who owns MAG already or do you have to buy a copy that supports it?


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+ BADGER-1_ on August 21st, 2010 at 11:28 am said:

were do we get the client


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+ gmg24860811 on August 22nd, 2010 at 3:00 pm said:

MAG just keeps getting better & I think thats great, you have made a fan out of me. One of the things that MAG has over other shooters ( MW ) is you are working to accomplish a objective instead of just racking up kills. Keep up the good work.


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+ djramsay on August 23rd, 2010 at 1:44 am said:

Multi characters sounds fantastic. Any chance of getting our deleted lvl 60’s back?


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+ Hitman-Merc on August 23rd, 2010 at 7:27 am said:

i need your clothes, your boots & your motorcycle


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+ zayden808 on August 24th, 2010 at 10:33 am said:

August 24th what time will the beta content be release?


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+ KilledFirst on August 24th, 2010 at 10:55 am said:

When are you going to make this game a download entry? I’d prefer to have this game on my system instead of having a disk for it.


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+ Hitman-Merc on August 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm said:

yeah whens the beta start i been waiting all day the 24th its 3:21pm west coast


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