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Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta update, new chance to win a Limited Helghast Edition for US and Canada

TJ Consunji's Avatar Posted by TJ Consunji on Feb 09, 2011 // Product Marketing Manager

Killzone fans! It’s less than a week since the Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta hit PlayStation Store, but already you’ve racked up some impressive numbers. There’s been a staggering 62 million – million! – kills, of which around 10% have been Brutal Melee kills. Some 400,000 games have been blitzed through, with well over half a million players appearing on the Killzone 3 leaderboards. And two of those players have stormed through the one million XP barrier already.

Killzone 3 multiplayer

Your dedication to the cause hasn’t gone unnoticed over at developer Guerrilla Games. Far from it: the team has been working around the clock to analyze and act upon your feedback. Below you’ll find a round-up of issues discovered thanks to your hard work, and the solutions Guerrilla is working on to refine your experience.

High level issues discovered:

  • Connection problems
  • High load caused the database to fall over
  • Score posting
  • Flickering screens
  • Ribbon stats not updating
  • Vulgarity filter

Solutions underway:

  • Guerrilla has already released a patch. At the time of writing this has gone live in the US and the EU. The other territories will follow shortly. We have no ETA on that.
  • Guerrilla has made improvements for the server connection issues. The server was brought down and back up for that on Monday, February 7th.
  • The problems with the vulgarity filter should be fixed now.
  • Guerrilla will continue to update the servers and patch the Beta if needed. We’re watching your feedback closely on
  • Score posting issues have been resolved.
  • Ribbon stats updating issue has been resolved, known issue is that 1 ribbon (the faster reload ribbon) does not update yet.

From Guerrilla Games: “We are happy that we are encountering these issues now, during a Beta, instead of after launch. This will help us get ready for the huge amount of people that are expected to go online for Killzone 3’s launch.

This Beta also gives us the opportunity to change Killzone 3 based on feedback that we get. Although we’ve already gone gold, we can and will make server-side adjustments to things like weapon damage, balancing issues, and more. So this is not a demo, it is meant to be a Beta — a way for us to test the game.

Thanks for your continued patience and help in getting this tested properly.”

Last week, we held a sweepstakes to give away 60 Killzone 3 Limited Helghast Editions (not sold in stores) to players who participate in the Multiplayer Open Beta. We had such a great response that we are running the sweepstakes again! Members of the Killzone 3 team will log on to the Multiplayer Open Beta throughout the sweepstakes and randomly select players in matches. We will not select players more than once during the sweepstakes, and we will notify the winners via the email address associated with their PSN account.

So, log on and play the Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta from Friday, February 11th through Sunday, February 13th. We will be randomly selecting 20 participants each day who are playing in the Open Beta and notify winners via the email address associated with each entrant’s PSN account between February 17th, 2011 and February 25th, 2011.

Check out the full rules below.

And for all of our Canadian residents reading the PlayStation.Blog and wondering where their contest is, don’t worry! Our Canadian colleagues are holding a contest as well! From Friday, February 11 to Sunday, February 13, five Canadian participants playing in the Killzone 3 open beta will be randomly selected each day. All potential winners will be notified through their email address associated with their PSN account. Please note that you must be over the age of 18 to participate and the contest is not open to residents of Quebec. Click here for full rules.

Log on and good luck this weekend!



By participating in the Killzone® 3 Multiplayer Open Beta Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”), each entrant (or his or her parent or legal guardian if the entrant is under the age of majority in his or her state of residence) unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection and scoring of entries and the overall administration of the Promotion. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Promotion.

1. ELIGIBILITY: Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, and agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”) and immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations and where prohibited or restricted by law.

2. TIMING: The Promotion begins February 11, 2011 at 9:00AM Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) and ends on February 13, 2011 at 8:00PM PST (the “Promotion Period”).

3. HOW TO ENTER: Internet access, a PlayStation®Network account and a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is required to enter this Promotion. To create an account go to the PlayStation®Network menu from a PS3™ XMB and choose “Sign up for PlayStation®Network”. Create an account by entering the required information. Once an account has been created, Entrants should log on to the PlayStation®Network and go to the PlayStation Store, sign in with your PlayStation Network ID and download and play the Killzone 3 Multiplayer Open Beta to your PS3™ system. Each time you play the Killzone 3 Mulitplayer Open Beta you are automatically entered into the drawing.

4. ENTRY CONDITIONS: Entrants may play the Killzone 3 Mulitplayer Open Beta as many times as they like during the Promotion Period but may only win once. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address. If there is a dispute regarding registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

5. PRIZE: Twenty (20) winning Entrants will be selected each day for a total of 60 winning Entrants in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received for each day during the Promotion Period to each receive a copy of the Killzone 3 Limited Helghast Edition game. Entries are good only for the day of entry and will not carry over to any remaining days. Approximate retail value is (“ARV”) $199.99. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery. Taxes on prize, if any, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if a prize is unavailable. Sponsor may disqualify a winner and select an alternate winner if any prize is returned undeliverable. Prizes are non-transferable. Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on the winner’s request.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.


7.1. Winner Notification: Drawings for all three days will be held at approximately 12:00P.M. (noon) PST on February 17, 2011. Prize fulfillment is based on availability. Sponsor will notify each winning Entrant via the email address given when they signed up for their PSN account. Each potential winning Entrant must respond to Sponsor’s notification within 7 days to claim their prize. If a potential winning Entrant does not respond within this time period, Sponsor may select an alternate winning Entrant from a daily pool of 20 back-up entries and notify those potential winning Entrants per the process described above. Prizes will only be awarded to those back-up Entrants who have responded to Sponsor’s notification within 7 days to claim their prize. All prizes not claimed from the back-up Entrants will not be awarded.

7.2. Required Documentation: The potential winning entrant must complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) in accordance with the instructions listed in the notification correspondence. Sponsor must receive the completed Affidavit within 7 days of the date stated on the notification correspondence or Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify entrant. Any entrant who fails or refuses to sign and return the required documentation within the time period as specified by Sponsor will be disqualified. If a potential winning entrant is considered a minor in the legal jurisdiction in which the entrant resides, then that entrant’s parent or legal guardian will be required to execute and return the Affidavit. Non-compliance with these Official Rules or failure to return all required documentation by the stated deadline or Sponsor’s inability to contact an entrant (using the contact information provided in his or her registration) within a reasonable time period, as determined by Sponsor’s sole discretion may result in disqualification and the forfeiture of the prize.

8. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes entrant’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agent’s use of the entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or compensation.

9. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential winning entrants are subject to Sponsor’s verification. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Sponsor has the sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Promotion should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Promotion or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable of running the Promotion as planned. Sponsor is not responsible for changes to entrant’s contact information. Sponsor has the sole discretion to disqualify entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Promotion or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Promotion or any other entrant.

10. RELEASE: As a condition of participating in the Promotion, entrants release the Promotion Entities from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Promotion, or possession, acceptance or use of prizes or participation in any Promotion-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, advertising and promotional agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to participation or inability to participate in the Promotion; inability to access the Site or upload information or data; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, computer, or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the Internet or any website (including the Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other errors; or any combination thereof. Proof of uploading information or data or entering information at the Site is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete entries will be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible and all associated entries will be void.

12. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION: Information collected in connection with the Promotion will be collected in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at By participating in the Promotion, each entrant agrees to the terms of Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

13. GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with this Promotion shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of any other state’s laws. Each of the parties hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the Federal and State Courts in San Mateo, California and waives any claim that is not subject personally to the jurisdiction of said courts or that any such suit or other proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum or improper venue.

14. WINNER LIST: To obtain a winner list by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Killzone® 3 Multiplayer Open Beta Helghast Edition Sweepstakes”, Attn: SCEA-PSN, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404. Sponsor will send requested winner lists within 4-6 weeks after all prizes are awarded. Requests for the winner list must be received by April 17, 2011.

15. SPONSOR: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404.

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+ dllscowboysfan on February 9th, 2011 at 1:03 pm said:

Nice update


+ THE-D1RTY-77 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:40 pm said:

…where do i go to give beta feedback, just in case?


+ ProjectSleep on February 9th, 2011 at 1:42 pm said:

I have a lot of complaints with the beta, yet I find myself growing addicted to the multiplayer more and more. Also played the single player demo and was blown away bravo GG bravo.


+ JKC31 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:44 pm said:

Spawning facing a black wall. The Stairs case that has the landing in between flights is a hangup. Map offers no back protection. Causing 90% of deaths in the back. Screen turning to B&W is out dated. Wasting bullets when waiting for the kill beep. Kill beep outdated and dump as hell. Melee kills not demeaning enough to opposing player. Could be the B&W fading or 3rd person cam. I say both are crap.


+ Lanvar on February 9th, 2011 at 1:47 pm said:

I was really enjoying KZ3 open beta, but I woke up this morning and my 60gig has started showing artifacts and freezing. This game rekindled my love for shooters since after KZ2, nothing else comes even remotely close, which makes it so much more sad. Sev, live on solider, though I do not know when I may get a new console, hopefully it will be in time to join all my buddies with the new awesome Tactician class.


+ Velzorn on February 9th, 2011 at 1:48 pm said:

I downloaded the patch/update and it has helped, I’ve been able to get on a few times with no problems at all and stay through the whole match and continue with the next round. Thanks.

I can’t wait to get a hold of the game!


+ Sneeches on February 9th, 2011 at 1:48 pm said:

this chance would be nice if the F ING BETA WORKED!!!! I can never get connected. And NO its not my nat type as I have NAT 2, and play EVERY other game on my ps3 just fine.


+ CaliDuder on February 9th, 2011 at 1:49 pm said:

I went back and played Killzone 2 MP whenever I couldn’t connect to the K3 MP Open Beta. I forgot how crazy hard it was to unlock anything. I’m really glad you can actually use all the classes from the start this time around.

Also really surprised at how much better the game looks in Killzone 3 than it did in 2. Didn’t think there was that much room for improvement!


+ XxNo0b_H8rxX on February 9th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

no update to balance the Helghast out in operations?


+ Hunter-X- on February 9th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

I have a question.. complain.. I frankly don’t know sometimes I complain for the other site but…

When I look down the sights the aim moves in the same speed as if I wasn’t looking down the sights. Shouldn’t it be slower to make the shot more precise?

This is bugging the hell out of me.


+ gamer4ever77 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

I agree with others who say that the ISA death screams are pretty annoying.
Also somethin gameplay-wise is that I think the fully upgraded infiltrater is too unbalanced, because there’s absolutely no way to know a maxed out infiltrater is an enemy until he starts shooting with you.
Another minor thing is that I wish that you could see your gun (and character) on the loadout screen, especially since there are more guns in KZ3, and it would be easier to know what you’re picking if there was a picture to go with it.
But I’m definitely loving the beta, and it’s definitely even better than Killzone 2!


+ Kchow23 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

AWESOME! Canada is now involved :)


+ Kchow23 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:57 pm said:

btw do the eye in the helmet turn on/off?

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    + David Bull on February 9th, 2011 at 3:53 pm said:

    Yes, there is a switch to keep the control in your hands.


+ KazeEternal on February 9th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

I have 2 problems

1) I still cannot connect as of 10:45pm EST

2) When I played offline against bots I found that I was unable to tilt my sixaxis controller in KZ3 like I was in KZ2 in order to effect the aiming of my sniper rifle… whats the deal? This was working in the closed beta. Do not tell me you removed it.


+ KazeEternal on February 9th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

#45 Correct
10:45pm EST on tuesday.


+ masc69 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

I am not a fan of first person shooters (I am horrible at them) but for some reason I am actually good at Killzone 3. I will be getting this game day one. Now I know why FPS are so great!!!!!


+ rbanke on February 9th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

half a million for a free demo of the multiplayer? This seems really low. Is that number just from the US? (even if it is it seems low).


+ Superstrokey1123 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:15 pm said:

Thats awesome guys, really cool of you to do. Ill be playing the Beta this weekend for sure.


+ explosive78 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:16 pm said:

Thanks for addressing these issues. I will be buying this game and this post makes me feel better about my purchase.


+ klubjunkee on February 9th, 2011 at 2:21 pm said:

I have to be in an online multiplayer game to be selected right? Guess that rules out my chances of winning since I haven’t been able to connect even once since downloading it from PLUS. Even after the patch. I’m only able to play BOT games.


+ TheGuardianFID on February 9th, 2011 at 2:24 pm said:

Updating now, thanks guys, the game rocks!!! 8)


+ Thorgalkun on February 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm said:

Its sad to see that Quebec never gets any love for contests. Reason? Well we got a corrupted government that added a law saying that any contest outside of Quebec, the company that holds the contest must give to the government 10% of the prize value.
I never had a slight chance of getting the Uncharted Collector edition because of that and this time its the Killzone 3 Limited Hellghast Edition… I really hate politic…


+ Edd on February 9th, 2011 at 2:27 pm said:

The adaptive aim setting doesn’t seem to work either, why can’t I change that on the Move? I hate having to toggle it. Also there should be a controller settings screen (that shows what buttons do what) for the Move.


+ JFCaro on February 9th, 2011 at 2:28 pm said:

Not open to Quebec resident??? Not impressed Sony… not impressed at all…


+ PoInTyNiPs on February 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

If only I wasn’t working the late shift on those days this truly ruined my chances of winning. It’s alright but the one thing I would like to see is to see everything on a single page rather than me pressing square to upgrade my classes on another, guns are displayed right above the the info rather than the next page, make it like KZ2 but weapons, info, abilities are shown on the right to the class you have chosen not to compare to stupid cod but I like how you can see your character and the things he have to the right, this makes it easier to access and control. Inviting friends anytime during in-game, loading, and game over lobby. Sights and scopes I like using but I prefer iron sights all natural is the way to go. The extra ammo really isn’t extra ammo they only give like I don’t know 12 more rounds and a extra grenade I would want to have a full of everything. The ability to switch rate of fire from semi, fully, and burst shots makes it more realistic. Weather effects causes your screen to get messed up especially in the beta map Frozen Shore your screen gets icy, see and hear the breath of your character, an explosions gets dirt, mud , snow all up in there. That’s pretty much want I want.


+ KazeEternal on February 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

the other 3 to 4 million are unable to connect o the servers lol.


+ rbanke on February 9th, 2011 at 2:36 pm said:

@57 lol could be the problem.


+ Mercenar1e on February 9th, 2011 at 2:36 pm said:

I knifed a whole lot and gained a few 10X kill streaks from Fri – Sun in the hopes of impressing anyone from GG that entered the same room.. not sure if i ran into any of you, my question is how are we able to tell that a GG staff member is playing in the same room?


+ sephiroth54321 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:41 pm said:

WOW…i was happy when i read that canada was part of the contest, but i got [DELETED] slapped on the face when i saw that quebec wasn’t part of it (wtf isn’t quebec part of canada 0_0????)


+ G-Force08 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:49 pm said:

Well the fact that barely anyone could log on and play, I would say that doing another contest is fair.


+ Inofensivo on February 9th, 2011 at 2:58 pm said:

I Updated it, before it a 20 megabyte Patch , the same day you post the 10 score fo Killzone the Playstation Official Magazine

PS Blog

Why you arent talking nothing about Sorcery it will be released in April First, theres only one gameplay the one from the E3


+ j_mauer on February 9th, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

That’s alot of melee kills considering that the melee sucks. You have to be right next to someone for melee to work.


+ Weshzu on February 9th, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

Thanks you GG Love your support and taking your time to read our feedback on blogs/forum hoping to play some multiplayer open beta this weekend in hopes to win one! chances are pretty slim but still thanks for doing this!


+ americanGTA on February 9th, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

very nice. i like


+ Rick1220 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

This is really great! I had no idea that you were even going to update the beta at all! A welcome surprise! Thanks Guerrilla Games!!


+ blazsox on February 9th, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

I need that limited edition…


+ reson8er on February 9th, 2011 at 1:07 pm said:

Loving the game, along with single player demo just released, very happy to see the bugs being ironed out pre-launch. Keep up the good work Gureilla!


+ Scavengre on February 9th, 2011 at 1:07 pm said:

I have been looking for details, but what is the difference between the standard Helgast Edition and the Limited?

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    + David Bull on February 9th, 2011 at 1:39 pm said:

    The Limited Helghast Edition contains all the same elements as the retail version of the Helghast Edition, but features a Helghast Helmet replica with illuminated LED eyes, simulating Helghasts’ glowing mask.


+ AguilarX on February 9th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

this beta is very addicting, even if its just using us as tools to get the multiplayer aspect of the game right. lol at Destructoid for calling this a fake beta. just because the game gone gold doesnt mean they can fix it through patching.


+ utopianacht on February 9th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

hey please show us more pictures of the limited edition :P


+ feedme3737 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

Gotta love the companies that actually take the time to read the players comments and concerns. It really shows that the company cares. THANKS GG!


+ BigRon3400 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

Loving this game. Keep up the good work GG. My only complaint is the loud annoying death groans. Please take them out or lower the volume on them.


+ jayrockslife on February 9th, 2011 at 1:09 pm said:

I really wish I could get my friends off the COD train and get them on board with Killzone. The game is so much fun and more people need to take their heads out of their rear ends and realize that.
Can’t wait to play through the single player with PS MOVE!


+ DaWolf619 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:09 pm said:

Hopefully I’ll be able to connect to a game this weekend. Tried last weekend and couldn’t get connected. :(


+ Arayku on February 9th, 2011 at 1:11 pm said:

Thx for staying on top of this, and giving those of us that couldn’t get on last weekend a second chance at winning those packs. You guys rox!


+ guitarded77 on February 9th, 2011 at 1:12 pm said:

Thank you… the connection problems were very frustrating. The closed beta never had that issue.


+ ASILENTENIGMA on February 9th, 2011 at 1:14 pm said:

I’m getting really tired of these collector’s editions that aren’t being offered in stores. I understand they are used as bait/rewards for the contests, but I’m still getting tired of this. I would have gladly paid the extra money for The Uncharted 2 Fortune Hunter Edition, but that certainly wasn’t possible since it wasn’t available to purchase in stores. This new edition really makes me irate.

“features a Helghast Helmet replica with illuminated LED eyes”

I realize that there are a lot of extras being thrown in the Helghast Edition, but come on! For the $130 that the Helghast Edition is retailing for, the illuminated LED eyes should have come standard! I’m still getting the Helghast Edition and I’m still very excited for Killzone 3, but I’m just tired of these secret collector’s editions that Sony has seemingly decided to make a part of their marketing strategy. Any collector’s edition of the game should be made available to the public for purchase, or at least that’s what I feel. Would three different versions of Killzone 3 (standard, Helghast, Limited Helghast) really be that tough to manage?


+ GGCAN on February 9th, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

Thanks for making this contest available in Canada too !


+ xSMKxNemesis on February 9th, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

The beta is blowing my mind away! its so much fun i loved the first 2 but this is what GG wanted to make right here and its amazing; I know when the game launches it will be fantastic and can’t wait to get my platinum trophy for this game!


+ RynoIV on February 9th, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

Can we please bring back spawn grenades? It’s so incredibly easy to spawnkill with the zones, even more so than with grenades. And the spawn grenades allowed for some pretty awesome tactics that the current scheme can’t provide.

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