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SOCOM 4: Open Beta Schedule (April 5-13)

Jeremy Dunham's Avatar Posted by on Apr 05, 2011 // Sr. Community Manager, Zipper Interactive

SOCOM 4 Multiplayer Beta for PS3

The last three weeks have been great for us here at Zipper Interactive! Our private, PlayStation Plus, and Killzone 3 voucher testers have been integral in helping us put the finishing touches on the multiplayer aspects of SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs. But that’s the past – and now, the special invitation period is over because starting today, anyone and everyone with PSN access can freely download the SOCOM 4 beta from the PlayStation Store during its regularly-scheduled update. The beta’s availability on the PlayStation Store ends April 12th.

Our servers will be open all day, every day until the beta period ends on April 13 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (2:59am Eastern). However, we will limit what modes are available for the first few days to keep our testing focused before opening all queues for the home stretch. Here’s how the schedule looks in its final phase:

  • Tuesday (4/5) – Last Defense, Classic Last Defense, Uplink, Classic Uplink
  • Wednesday (4/6) – Bomb Squad, Classic Bomb Squad, Last Defense, Classic Last Defense
  • Thursday (4/7) – Sniper Alley (Custom), Last Defense Run ‘n Gun (Custom), Bomb Squad, Classic Bomb Squad
  • Friday (4/8) – All Gametypes Open
  • Saturday (4/9) – All Gametypes Open
  • Sunday (4/10) – All Gametypes Open
  • Monday (4/11) – All Gametypes Open
  • Tuesday (4/12) – All Gametypes Open
  • Wednesday (4/13) – All Gametypes Open

Our multiplayer beta includes two maps, Port Authority and Assault & Battery, and offers a variety of built-in game-types and custom game-types. Here they are:

Suppression: SOCOM 4’s version of “team deathmatch.”
Last Defense: Capture controls points, discover the enemy base and destroy it.
Uplink: Steal enemy data and deliver it to your base.
Bomb Squad: Defend your bomb technician while he disarms enemy explosives.
Sniper Alley (Custom): An 8 vs. 8 version of Classic Suppression with higher damage. Weapons are limited to sniper rifles, shotguns, smoke grenades and poison gas.
Last Defense Run ‘n Gun (Custom): Faster movement speed and reduced damage are applied to 16 vs. 16 Last Defense with weapons restricted to only shotguns and SMGs.
Scrum (Custom): Suppression is given rule tweaks of no respawn, faster movement and higher damage, while sniper rifles, frag grenades, concussion grenades and poison gas are disallowed.

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All built-in game-types (i.e. non-“Custom” queues) are playable in both the Standard and Classic variations. Standard mode is similar to the single-player experience, while Classic mode is similar to older SOCOM titles with increased movement speeds, round-based play, no player respawns and the lack of health regeneration. Our Custom types mix and match a number of game settings depending on their focus.

After you’ve had a chance to play the beta, we’d need to hear your feedback! To do so, simply head on over to our official “Beta Forum” on where you can tell us what you think.

On behalf of everyone at Zipper Interactive, I want to thank all of you who have participated in the SOCOM 4 beta regardless of its phase, and look forward to seeing you again when we ship the full and complete version of SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs when it launches on April 19 across North America.

Oh, and don’t forget to pre-order SOCOM 4 today to gain access to a pair of exclusive slug-powered shotguns (one each for Spec Ops and the Insurgents), while those who specifically pre-order at GameStop get the shotguns in addition to the exclusive Suppression map, “Abandoned,” inspired by the classic map of the same name from SOCOM 1 and II!

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+ Arcadian_Rebel on April 5th, 2011 at 11:10 am said:


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    + Jeremy Dunham on April 5th, 2011 at 11:29 am said:

    Technically, I was first. So… PWNED!


+ Boricua-girl-718 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

Socom 4 is trash! it doesnt even feel like im playing a Socom game. Vote for Socom II HD


+ Ar4chNova89 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

Good times. Really been enjoying the PS+ beta a lot. I think I have 15hrs clocked on the thing already. Zipper did a great job of bringing back what made the old SOCOM games great. Also, the community is still as awesome as it always has been.

Can’t wait to pick up the PS Move bundle on the 19th.


+ donte1337 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

can you add battlefield bad company 1 (ONE) to playstation store for download and purchase for like $20

Its an awesome game (Single player and multiplayer) and it has better maps and gameplay imo than the sequel

please please please


+ Bizdady on April 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

I hate gamestop with a passion and refuse to shop with them. Any chance Abandoned will come to the rest of us via DLC down the road?


+ chereb on April 5th, 2011 at 11:20 am said:



+ WHITE_PR on April 5th, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

I dont see the beta on the store yet?
any news what time arrive?

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    + Jeremy Dunham on April 5th, 2011 at 11:30 am said:

    It’ll be available once the PlayStation Store has completed its regularly-scheduled update for the day.


+ ICourtesyFlush on April 5th, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

So generally people are liking this eh? Keeping an eye on the psn store tonight for it to update.

I was also wondering about abandoned will it be dlc down the road?

Cant wait to try it out for myself. Didn’t play the “bad” socom but did play 1, 2 and 3 and am very much looking forward to trying it out on the ps3.


+ WHITE_PR on April 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am said:

and other thing I LOVE the new look of this BLOG.
damn its looks amazing!
great job to the design team. :)


+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:27 am said:

um..ZIPPER…BETTER HAVE DEMOLITION on the ORIGINAL ONLINE MULTIPLAYER OPTIONS because the BOMB SQUAD isnt so fun when you have NOOBS on the SAME TEAM..and also fix the OPEN MIC..WE DONT NEED TO HEAR EVERYONES VOICE AT THE SAME TIME..ITS VERY DIFFICULT TO COMMUNICATE..>:/ Besides that the game is not THAT just takes some time to ge useto.I know ZIPPER is trying really hard to be like BLACK OPS but thats what we have KILLZONE 3..(which btw is ALOT BETTER IMO)… I just hope the story and the 5 player co-op is risking my HARD EARNED MONEY on this DAY 1 FULL PRICE PURCHASE..ZIPPER BETTER NOT LET ME or ANY SOCOM FAN DOWN..:)

P.S..Thanks for the BETA….it was very thought full of ya’ll …KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!


+ Ar4chNova89 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:29 am said:

Obviously Abandoned will be DLC down the road. No developer would ever build an entire map for such a small group of people who pre-order the game at GameStop.

Amazon all the way, baby.


+ The_Rick_14 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:39 am said:

Hey Dunham, how about instead of pwning people on comments you get back to working on Demo and Breach? As is, Socom 4 isn’t bad but it would be so much better with Breach.


+ ChaseHammerJ on April 5th, 2011 at 11:46 am said:

hahaha Sweet i cant wait, i was so disappointed in Confrontation welcome home Zipper.

I was in the Socom 3 beta back on PS2 and was awesome so cant wait for S4.

PS- M.A.G. is sweet too, just wish it had more support from players.


+ eLtRuChO on April 5th, 2011 at 11:48 am said:

So when is the “PlayStation Store regularly-scheduled update for the day” cause ive been waiting thos Beta since 12am !!!!

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    + Jeremy Dunham on April 5th, 2011 at 11:50 am said:

    It depends on your territory, but historically, the PlayStation Store updates in the last afternoon in North America. Though anytime is possible; The PS Blog guys will let you know ASAP when it’s ready (they’re cool like that)


+ XMbeaner on April 5th, 2011 at 11:52 am said:

SOCOM, more like BROCOM! amirite?


+ ThursdayLE on April 5th, 2011 at 11:57 am said:

Do you have any info on the clan challenges that were disabled? Are clan challenges going to work at any point?

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    + Jeremy Dunham on April 5th, 2011 at 12:28 pm said:

    Great question, and this is a good example of one of the benefits of running this beta — because of the tests over the last few weeks, we’ve identified some bugs that need fixing as it relates to the Clan Challenges and we’re fixing them. If we have the opportunity to re-enable them during the beta period, we will, but there’s always the possibility that they’ll be disabled until the retail release.


+ VICKS85 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:59 am said:

i’ve been waiting for the socom 4 beta since 12:00 am and its still not in the play station store. what are you guys waiting for to put the beta for download. are you guys waiting for tomorrow or what, its already mid day and still nothing yet. zipper has to contact the playstaion store and tell them what’s going on cause we everyone is waiting and waiting.


+ etur0 on April 5th, 2011 at 11:59 am said:

@Bizdady yeah I agree I hate gamestop 2

the beta is awesome I haven’t had much time to play it been in it since ps+ beta

can you guys please change the leader boards and make xp instead on k/d ratio


+ Inofensivo on April 5th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

Jeremy any idea is Zipper is going to make a DLC with all SOCOM Franchise characters, such as Kahuna, Boomer, Jester, Specter, Simple Killjoy ?

Thanks for the Update and the Beta, any Single Player demo on the way ?

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    + Jeremy Dunham on April 5th, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

    We haven’t made any announcements for DLC at the moment. Right now, we’re just focusing on finishing up this beta and applying the results to the retail version of the game when it comes out in a few weeks.


+ Hard_DrAkE on April 5th, 2011 at 12:03 pm said:

Awesoooome!!!I take this BETA with my PS PLUS!=P
It will be much better with this BETA now open :),i love you Sony!


+ VICKS85 on April 5th, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

i will never reserve another game in the near future if this is how they lie to us but this is what you get i guess when you reserve socom 4 with great anticipation.


+ JBom77 on April 5th, 2011 at 12:05 pm said:

How long till they update the Playstation Store? Cause I’m still not seeing it.


+ etur0 on April 5th, 2011 at 12:06 pm said:

@JBom77 between now 8hours don’t know it is always different every week


+ Kamino_3 on April 5th, 2011 at 12:10 pm said:

Love that mode


+ Carl-G on April 5th, 2011 at 12:15 pm said:

Sweeeeeeet :P PlayStation is the BEST;)


+ ShinomoriAOSHl on April 5th, 2011 at 12:35 pm said:

I’m so stoked for this game, although I fear it shall KILL my productivity this year…


+ Catch-u-SlipN on April 5th, 2011 at 12:41 pm said:

Lol I’ve been in since the private invite with about 80 hrs on S4 and its pretty disappointing we waited 3 years for a Cod wannabe/no creativity what so ever game from Zipper id say its pretty lame for a Socom game..Hopefully we’ll see a Confrontation 2 or Socom 2 HD..Socom 4 is catering to Cod players and its pretty obvious once you play the beta..


+ Catch-u-SlipN on April 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm said:

btw..has anybody ever seen Airstrikes in ANY socom game before?? Do Navy Seals call Airstrikes or Do they come in stealth and leave in stealth? Name It Socom 4 Army Rangers please..not U.S. Navy Seals because there is no way they endorsed this product with it being the complete opposite of what Navy Seals do..kthanks


+ C-FrEsHnEsS on April 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm said:

WoW how much longer for the damn beta to be put up on the playstation store been waiting for a while now and still nun smh someone plz let me kno when the beta has been put up TY!


+ JBom77 on April 5th, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

I’m sick of waiting for this update, I just want to play the game


+ CliqClak on April 5th, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

nice what time it update tho anybody know?


+ Catch-u-SlipN on April 5th, 2011 at 1:14 pm said:

@chasehammerj Have you played it yet? If so then you wouldn’t shrug your shoulders and say would know exactly what I’m talking about


+ C-FrEsHnEsS on April 5th, 2011 at 1:15 pm said:

wish i knew what time it did its taking to long to update just wanna play socom 4 beta already


+ Catch-u-SlipN on April 5th, 2011 at 1:17 pm said:

Why are you in a rush for disappointment? Lol


+ C-FrEsHnEsS on April 5th, 2011 at 1:19 pm said:

dont wrry


+ marcwho_11 on April 5th, 2011 at 1:19 pm said:

socom is good but nothing can beat the call of duty franchise


+ Catch-u-SlipN on April 5th, 2011 at 1:21 pm said:

@c-freshness Go play cod 3rd person its the same exact thing as Socom 4..identical str8 up!! I’m telling you..Sony forced Zipper to make this game like Cod to just make money..this game is nothing like any Original Socom and its disgusting..


+ SYDER on April 5th, 2011 at 1:27 pm said:

come out with socom 2 HD please for the love of god!!!


+ AlterEqo on April 5th, 2011 at 1:30 pm said:

Sooo when do we get to download it? Still says I need plus… Blame it on the hackers today I guess….


+ jmann77420 on April 5th, 2011 at 1:32 pm said:

what the heck i wait till i get out of work to download this game and now i got to wait some more come on release when you say your going to please


+ dannyb1975 on April 5th, 2011 at 1:36 pm said:

[url=] [img][/img] [/url] i think the game looks alot like mag with a socom title.


+ x3LI_SH4LANx on April 5th, 2011 at 1:36 pm said:

When will it be available??? i just checked the PS store its not there??


+ AlterEqo on April 5th, 2011 at 1:37 pm said:

dannyb… the same company made it didn’t they? Makes sense I guess.


+ Yugzz911 on April 5th, 2011 at 1:43 pm said:

Socom is so sweet and Zipper Interactive rape all!


+ CerulianThunder on April 5th, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

I can’t wait to play it when i get my new PS3. :D


+ inspectah_tinjas on April 5th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

i’m still waiting but cant see the socom 4 still :(


+ oROMEo on April 5th, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

Dont worry guys it will be there, go walk your dog or something, thats what Im about to do!


+ pitythefool852 on April 5th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

Are there going to be more PS Move settings and customisations in the final release?

iWaggle have done a great analysis of the aiming and camera movement with Move vs DualShock, and it looks like there’s still a couple of issues… (some of them left over from MAG)

Anyway, I’m still looking forwards to SOCOM… It’s one of my favourite shooters, and it’s great to see it front and centre again.


+ sinta0531 on April 5th, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

SOCOM 4 beta is now up for everybody. downloading it now.


+ eLtRuChO on April 5th, 2011 at 2:32 pm said:

nop dont see it

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