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Killzone 3 Beta Starts on October 25th: Here’s Your Chance to Get In!

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Yes, the Killzone 3 Public Beta Trial really is coming! Just like its predecessor, the multiplayer mode for Killzone 3 will be put through rigorous testing at the hands of the toughest, most demanding critics in existence: you, the fans. The Trial starts on October 25th and access is limited to 5,000 U.S. Plus subscribers, so please read the following instructions carefully if you want to know how to secure a spot in the Public Beta:

  • Be(come) a Plus subscriber
  • With the exception of a handful of key media partners and selected PAX feedback participants, access to the Killzone 3 Public Beta Trial is limited to PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you’re not enjoying the many benefits of Plus membership yet, now’s the time to sign up!
  • Download the theme
  • On October 19th, an exclusive Killzone 3 XMB Theme will appear in the Plus section of the PlayStation Store. The first 10,000 Plus subscribers to download this theme (5,000 U.S. Plus subscribers and 5,000 European Plus subscribers) will receive access to the Public Beta Trial.
  • Check your email
  • After you’ve downloaded the Killzone 3 XMB Theme, you will receive an email on Oct. 25th containing the Public Beta Trial promotion code and further instructions through the address you registered as your PSN Sign-In ID. Make sure you’ve set your notification preferences to accept emails from SCE, or we won’t be able to contact you.

Those of you who make it into the Public Beta Trial are expected to provide honest gameplay feedback, report bugs and glitches, and help test our network code in real-world scenarios. In short, we’re counting on you to help us improve Killzone 3! In return you’ll get a good taste of the multiplayer mode, including its brand-new Operations game type, party system, and jetpack and exoskeleton vehicles.

And if that doesn’t convince you to take a shot at the Public Beta Trial, maybe this new trailer will:

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koreginald said:

October 7th, 10:51 am

I’m excited to see a beta for K3 because it increases the chance for a smooth, successful launch & lessens the need for patches.

HOWEVER, I DON’T LIKE the idea that 10,000 users get in based on the random chance of downloading a theme at the right time. What if they aren’t even active players or never played a Killzone game? If they want to beta test properly, Guerilla needs to select people who either played thru Killzone 2 or are at least active on the PS forums. People like me & other fans of the series (who spent dozens of hours in both the campaign and multiplayer of Killzone 2) would not only be more appreciative of the chance to play in the beta, but also more qualified to provide useful and needed feedback.

Going on, gamers unfamiliar with KZ, or fans of other shooting styles (like COD, for example) are more likely to start up the KZ 3 beta, play for 5 min & then delete it or never play it again. When that happens it sucks for fans & devs alike because they are going to lose tons of beta testers, as well as potentially lose the real fans who would actually test the game. I’m hoping there are more opportunities for the beta in the future, but only time will tell.

Zampano said:

October 7th, 10:53 am

Wow. The amount of people on here outraged that they won’t be getting what they were never promised is staggering.

It’s a Beta, not a demo. Early and/or exclusive Beta access was one of the promises of Plus…BUT I don’t ever recall Sony saying that every Plus member would be eligible for every Beta, and it was incredibly naive to think this would be the case. I doubt I’ll get in, even though I’m a Plus subscriber, but that doesn’t change my interest in this game, or my general satisfaction with Plus (paid $50, have already DL’d that much in free/discounted stuff – true, not all of it was gold, but since I’ve been a member for just over a month, I’m pretty confident that the 13+ months remaining on my membership will more than make up for my initial expenditure). Some of you folks really lack perspective.

Delta_Canuckian said:

October 7th, 10:54 am

Correct me if I’m wrong, but is this saying that the PAX keys will be sent out on the 25th as well? I don’t have PS+ so that’s my only hope for the beta right now. :D

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    Aryeh Loeb said:

    October 7th, 11:01 am

    That should be the case. If you are one of the lucky ones.

toology01 said:

October 7th, 10:56 am

Great. 1st 5,000 to download the theme? Now im gonna have to spend the entire day refreshing the PS store. Here is to hoping its not one of their super late store publishings so I dont have to waste the entire day. Still at least its the first time im actually excited to be a PS plus member

Spunta said:

October 7th, 10:57 am

I’m glad you guys are finally showing some exclusivity to the PS+ program, but did you really have to wave the meat in front of us, the hungry, beat wanting dogs that vigorously? Also, there’s nothing worse than a mad dash style of sign-ups. Should just be a sign up and then choose randomly.


October 7th, 10:58 am

Heres the deal playstation plus users in U.S should get the whole 10,000 beta keys…Europe playstation plus users got the Assasin Creed beta every last member in Europe playstation plus got the beta, U.S playstation plus users got a select few in Assasin Creed beta and red faction beta.. Iam playstation plus member, i didn’t get in Assasin Creed beta or red faction seriously this is BS… Europe playstation plus member getting better games and service…

packy17 said:

October 7th, 10:58 am

I got PS+ 3-month a week or so after launch. I did not feel like I got my money’s worth out of it. And of course my sub ends 2 weeks before this happens.

I would renew if I felt it worth it… Even though I am a big KZ fan, it’s not worth paying 17 again for a chance to get into the beta. I also live on the east coast, and we all know how slow the store updates are here. Plus had almost nothing that interested me the entire time my sub was live. Now this ONE thing comes along… Ugh. Hopefully some websites will be giving keys away.

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    Aryeh Loeb said:

    October 7th, 11:02 am

    There will be other ways to get in. Keep your eye on our Social Media channels, The PS Blogs,, Twitter/killzonedotcom and

ddb216 said:

October 7th, 10:59 am

Haha its like I’m paying $50 just to join in on the Beta. Seriously this is the ONLY reason so far that I can see making it worth me joining PSN+

ATOMS11 said:

October 7th, 11:00 am

This is why why I’m a Plus subscriber!

liortttttttttttt said:

October 7th, 11:00 am

will the killzone beta recruits also get in?

awsome_robot said:

October 7th, 11:02 am

This would have been less dumb if the store actually had a scheduled update time. But it doesn’t. Are you guys just happy with mediocre. Both your rivals update early in the morning (eastern time) but you update as “early” as 8pm to 10pm eastern. I will buy Killzone 3 no matter what; but Plus members were supposed to have this privilage, only to keep finding out that there are loop holes to just about every chance to get to a beta. In other words, I have to stay up until you guys decide to update the store and forget that I have to get up early every morning to work at 5am.

mrpaulryan said:

October 7th, 11:03 am

I signed up for Plus for the betas, and assumed it’d be like Qore where EVERYONE got to test Uncharted 2, Modnation Racers, and MAG. This limited beta stuff is a huge letdown.

SPARDA said:

October 7th, 11:03 am

KZ2 was… and still is my favorite First person shooter online MP game this generation.
I am going to sign up to PS+ just to get a chance to maybe get into the KZ3 online beta.

Either way…can’t wait for the final version release in February.


October 7th, 11:07 am

The Trial starts on October 25th and access is limited, so please read the following instructions carefully if you want to know how to secure a spot in the Public Beta:

* Be(come) a Plus subscriber

LOL! Yeah right, how dumb do you think I am Sony? Want my money? Give me cross game chat, Im not spending a penny until then. LOL!!! Thats almost as bad as those in shirt xmb shirts you were passing around at CES in 2007. Hahaha!

Blkant said:

October 7th, 11:08 am

Well I was really really hoping for a Jeep… I’m quite disappointed really, because when I hear vehicular game play I assume more than two. I think just about everyone did……

Oh well, live and let live.

Kirkpad said:

October 7th, 11:08 am

This is gonna be more like a PSN test than a KZ3 test. Their will be thousands of people opening and closing the PS Store to see if the new content is posted. I know I will be refreshing constantly to get into a BETA that I sort of paid for.

RyuuFox said:

October 7th, 11:08 am

i rather play my dead space 2 beta, because i dont need playstation plus >:/

Victoryismine52 said:

October 7th, 11:09 am

Will there be a second round of the Beta for PS+ members who do not get in?

One of the main reasons I got PS+ was early beta’s however I am normally at work still when the store get’s updated so there is like zero chance that I’ll be one of the first 5,000 to download the theme…. Thanks for the theme though I still like that I’ll be able to pimp out my PS3 XMB for Killzone :)

ACE-VAMP said:

October 7th, 11:11 am

having to get Plus just to play the beta, no thanks i can waiting till the full game comes out

liortttttttttttt said:

October 7th, 11:14 am


gillettjoe said:

October 7th, 11:15 am

Wish this was in 3D… and that I would get in…

I haven’t got into any of the betas since June (and applied for them all) and haven’t been in a single one… so much for PRIORITY ACCESS TO BETAS.

markdoncaster said:

October 7th, 11:16 am

hahaha funny you cant reply to my questions and just skipped over mine,typical crap service from GG.why cant you answer the questions about vehicle`s,amount of players,amount of maps in finished game,game types etc.
Is it becuase you have actually lowered the player count and only got 1 crappy vehicle exoskeleton and some jetpack and less maps than what was in kz2,not to mention the exoskeleton n jetpacks was suppose to be in kz2 so your not adding anything new.
LOL you even have kept the same 5 mini games in each match,bodycount etc and not bothered to do something new.

GG are a rip off n milking people and avoid question and no im not a fanboy,i got a kz2 n completed it and this is just KZ 2.5.
il give my money to halo n bungie heck even call of duty since they actually add n give massive amount of content.

GG and killzone = rip off joke/no questions answered.

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    Aryeh Loeb said:

    October 7th, 11:32 am

    @vehicles. Right now we have announced 2 vehicles
    @players. There will be 24 players in a game in KZ3
    @maps. Can’t say yet
    @gametype. We have 2 new gametypes, next to our Warzone, featuring 5 randomly switching gametypes in itself.
    @KZ@. The Exo was in SP. The Jetpack was not. So both are new to MP.
    @mark. Make Love, not war! Except in the Killzone 3 Beta of course ;)

TimeCrisis6500 said:

October 7th, 11:20 am

I am not paying for what should be free. Do you want me to switch to XBox?

iBlind said:

October 7th, 11:20 am

I bought PS+ and it didnt seem all that amazing until one day….Congratulations iBlind on obtaining the Dead Space 2 Beta.

I just got a beta without even asking i never played Dead Space in my life but hey for a 3 month subsciption ($17.99 C’mon People)

You non-PS+ members are saying “oh..they just want you to buy PS Plus for the Killzone Beta.” I’ve been getting free items weekly from PS+

But if someone rather complain about not getting a beta even though you dont HAVE to get one especially if you aren’t PS+, then stop whining on this Blog.

Looking forward to this Killzone Beta thing I hope I get it but east coast PS Store updates slower like 9:00 at night :(

dehumanizer_666 said:

October 7th, 11:23 am

I have a feeling i’ll be getting into this one as well.

neostardust said:

October 7th, 11:24 am

Awesome Can’t wait for the theme!

N_8_ said:

October 7th, 11:24 am

So when Plus came out, the “hardcore” gamers were told that Plus was for the newly marketed to crowd of “casual” gamers on the PS3 since the “hardcore” gamers would already have bought all of the games offered in Plus… Now the beta for KZ3 is for Plus members only, therefore the casual gamers…

So, you are getting feedback on the beta from the “casual” gamers… I think I’m gonna pass on KZ3 when it comes out.

BlazeKush420 said:

October 7th, 11:25 am

Lol PS plus is for noobs.
Going to be a Beta full of noobs. and you wont be getting any good feedback.
Have fun with that beta.
And I will never get PS plus. and Im the biggest sony/ps fan/

Bluenoodle said:

October 7th, 11:26 am



iBlind said:

October 7th, 11:26 am

I didnt finish lol.
People saying its like paying $50 for the beta,

You get PS+ for a year so its not $50 for 1 beta do the math its $50 for a years worth of content idiots!

PancakeMan2010 said:

October 7th, 11:26 am

Lame how even if you are a PS+ subscriber that you only have a slight chance of getting in :/ I’ll try to be one of the first 5,000…but in all honesty Sony, you would have a LOT more subscribers if all PS+ members would get the Beta.


RXFireball said:

October 7th, 11:27 am

There is WAY too much BAWWWWWing going on here.
To those complaining about having to be a PS+ member to get into the beta: Maybe you should have actually read the perks of being a Plus member before you dismissed the possibility. Now you’re surprised that Sony’s making good on their promise?

If you don’t like Plus, how about you shut your trap and go on with your life instead of crying about it. Trust me, we’ll ALL be happier in the long run that way.

To those whining because you have to wait for a store update:
This isn’t meant to be a wide-scale beta. 10,000 people for any beta is a relatively small number, nowhere near enough for the server stress tests they’ll want to have later on. There will almost undoubtedly be another beta for the game, will it kill you to wait a bit longer? Really?!

I for one am happy I paid for PS+, and even happier to have a chance at the KZ3 beta. So what if I don’t get in? I’ll have other free games to play anyway… if any of them are intriguing enough to pull me away from Fallout: New Vegas, at least.

TL;DR: You get what you pay for. Quit your crying and go play some EyePet lil kids.

davidthecornman said:

October 7th, 11:30 am

Just talked to sony customer support and they said eventually all playstation plus members will be given access to the killzone 3 beta. So if you dont get in the first wave you will get into it a different wave. And he said to download the theme anyways because it will you a better chance to get into faster.

BrunoDTG said:

October 7th, 11:31 am

My God.

Trailer disgusting and amateur editing. Trailers for other games like Call of Duty and Halo are way better and more exciting.

This trailer for Killzone 3 are very weak

BigBoss712 said:

October 7th, 11:33 am

Plus? blah… hope there are other ways to get in. :P

Lukasz666 said:

October 7th, 11:34 am

I’m PS plus subscriber but I won’t be able to download theme because I have to work, it sucks. I start to think that PS plus is useless.
There is other way to get in to beta, I read comment on by LevTrin12 from Killzone team and he wrote: “Good luck guys! If you miss out on PS+ We will be handing out Beta access as well. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.” I’m going to try get in this way.

mastorofpuppetz said:

October 7th, 11:35 am

Only joke are the 360 fanboys are so worried they have to troll the PSn blog, LMAO. COD? a 70 dollar expansion pack every year. halo stopped being good after 1, and is the second lowest rated halo game ever, lower then KZ2………….

xsilentangel said:

October 7th, 11:35 am

Will the theme be avaliable to buy on its own?

…….I need a new theme

Rike255 said:

October 7th, 11:35 am

Excited for the beta! I hope I get in but at this point it seems unlikely as I’m sure there are well over 5000 people who have less responsibilities than me.

Goaliegeek said:

October 7th, 11:41 am

So , positive all PS + subscribers will get the beta? Because it was the same story with medal of honor and assassins creed brotherhood and I didnt see anythig in my store.

JustDandy said:

October 7th, 11:44 am

WOW…now I’m really starting to feel ripped off for buying into PS+ The beta invites perk was a big reason that I signed up…and now there’s no gaurantee I’ll get in?!

Seriously guys? Seriously?! Lame.

iBlind said:

October 7th, 11:44 am


yea we know its not a wide-scaled beta but it would be nice if all 5,000 that het in arent from California or Texas -_-

People in New York need love too.

Zapix said:

October 7th, 11:50 am

Pretty crappy way to sell PSN+ >.>

I have interest in KZ3 because of the 3D and that I have a 73″ 3DTV, but I’m not paying for a subscription to something I don’t want for a beta I can live without so devs can look for bugs and stress the servers.

Instead, I’ll put the money that you want for access to the beta into an FPS game that will have 3D before KZ3… And on a different platform just because it can do 3D too.

Low blow move Sony, low blow move.

Link01 said:

October 7th, 11:51 am


Bunyan said:

October 7th, 11:51 am

A Plus subscription doesn’t even GUARANTEE a spot in the Beta.
5000 spots will go in less than a minute…hope the site is ready.
Very disappointing….Killzone 2 beta participants should get automatic entry….a lot of people will be waiting til February now.

EggySong85 said:

October 7th, 11:51 am

Now -especially since I’m employed again and have a $48 320GB HDD coming in the mail- I’m actually thinking of getting in on PS+, but I’ll have to do some research again to see what kind of stuff I’m getting in on, and if it’s enough to keep me excited.

As far as the KZ3 beta goes, I understand it won’t support 3D or Move, but will there be a future Beta or an early demo for Plussers that will include that kind of support? I’m a bit of a Move geek.

KZ2 was my first PS3 game, and the first online game I owned. When I logged on for the first time I was so blown away by the experience that I felt like I should feel guilty for not having to pay for the online when the competition always had to.

RXFireball said:

October 7th, 11:52 am

The store updates have been fairly inconsistent of late, maybe it will be another late update. The last one didn’t come through until ~8-8:30.

lcsaint22 said:

October 7th, 11:54 am

I still don’t like how the beta invites are being handled (in light of how that was pushed in our faces as one of the perks of Plus) but at least in this case you were finally honest about it.

So disappointed in you Sony.

ThreeLeggedFreak said:

October 7th, 11:55 am

Co op too? I wanna know about co-op and split screen. Confirm or deny already.

toast1235 said:

October 7th, 11:56 am

It’s not that I’m cheap but would it still be available for those of us who aren’t plus members and really don’t plan on becoming ones either? I mean plus has it’s obvious benefits but dude economy is kick most of our arses ya know.

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