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SOCOM 4 Bomb Squad Revealed, Beta Release Details

Chris Roper's Avatar Posted by Community Manager, Zipper Interactive

SOCOM 4: Bomb Squad

Competitive multiplayer has always been the core of the SOCOM franchise, and SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs takes it further than ever before with modes and options that both new recruits and veterans alike will enjoy. We’ve previously covered three of our four competitive modes — Suppression, Last Defense and Uplink — and today we’re excited to unveil our fourth mode, Bomb Squad.

In Bomb Squad, Insurgents have planted a number of bombs around the map and the Spec Ops team must defuse them all before time runs out. What makes Bomb Squad special is that it features the unique Bomb Technician character, played by one member of the Spec Ops team, who is charged with defusing the explosives. He carries both an automatic shotgun and a mobile grenade launcher and is very heavily armored, making him a deadly force on his own; that said, the technician is still an open target any time he turns his back to defuse Insurgent bombs. Succeeding in Bomb Squad requires tactics, teamwork, patience and confidence to get the job done, all pillars of the overall SOCOM experience.

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When can you get your hands on Bomb Squad, you ask? Well, you’ll be able to try out all four of our modes on two maps in our upcoming beta! The SOCOM 4 Multiplayer Beta will include each of the game’s competitive multiplayer modes — Suppression, Last Defense, Uplink and Bomb Squad — all playable on the maps “Port Authority” and “Assault & Battery”. And of course, you’ll be able to play each of our modes in either of their Standard or Classic variants.

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The SOCOM 4 Multiplayer Beta will roll out in four separate phases. It’ll begin with a small, private group and then expand weekly from there until it’s freely available to everyone! Here’s the schedule for each of the beta’s rollout phases:

  • On March 15th, a private beta goes live. We’ll be contacting eligible players soon.
  • Beginning March 22nd, PlayStation Plus members will gain access to the beta.
  • On March 29th, anyone with a beta code included with Killzone 3 gains entry.
  • Starting April 5th, the beta will be freely downloadable to anyone via PlayStation Network.

The beta is scheduled to run until April 13th, at which point the servers will be taken down in preparation of SOCOM 4’s retail release on April 19th!

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GenocideHound said:

March 4th, 11:55 am

Yeah, “as soon as the beta goes live” my [DELETED]. Good job, Sony. Way to [DELETED] the people who support you by actually the games over the people that do nothing (private) and pay less for a service they use that you give them free (and exclusive) items for(PS+)

Not that I dislike KZ3, I was just hoping that the little PR stunt would turn out to be more than a PR stunt. Seriously glad I didn’t JUST buy KZ3 for a beta that comes two weeks after when it was supposed to. Like other people did.

PS: <— Might want to CORRECT that epic fail.

ElChingon2588 said:

March 4th, 11:56 am

I hope in the final version they still have Demolition. Thats my favorite mode

Catch-u-SlipN said:

March 4th, 11:57 am

Nobody is saying anything about being forced to buy it you idiot!!! Killzone should of gotten it before Ps+!! That’s all I’m saying genius! And whoever doesn’t agree wit that is prolly making money off that shady ass promotion!!

ICEMAN111188 said:

March 4th, 11:58 am

Pick meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Tank_Baked said:

March 4th, 12:03 pm

Awesome news!! I get in with the plus beta so that’s sweet . Also I have the Full Deployment Edition pre-ordered so this will be a nice chance to check everything out early .

Thanks .

AssassinHD said:

March 4th, 12:04 pm

I am a PS Plus member so I guess one of my friends will be happy that I have a Killzone 3 code as well.

Stackcluster said:

March 4th, 12:08 pm

Sweet news !!

illbussyoass said:

March 4th, 12:13 pm

lol every1 that bought KZ3 is mad, I’m going to just buy the PS+ 3 Month membership for 18$ and get it a week earlier =p.


omega_alpha-619 said:

March 4th, 12:15 pm

So awesome to be a PS+ member can’t wait to get into the beta!! We definetly deserve to get in before kz3 people…. they suck!! ~.^

erick_34 said:

March 4th, 12:15 pm

@Catch-u-SlipN you are a F idiot!!! not taught you to read in the school? I’m saying that many people are saying that they bought the game just for the beta and sony did not make the beta promotion was just a bonus they said access to the Socom 4 beta of them at any time said the beta is only for those who buy Killzone 3 so learn to read you are idiot

and do not send me a reply which does not interest me what you will write bye idiot bye

omega_alpha-619 said:

March 4th, 12:20 pm

btw… letting everyone with a kz3 code in 1st would be a HUGE mistake, you realize how many people have codes?? The flood of people pooring in the 1st week would crash the game, then you’d all be on here [DELETED] and whining bout that.. they need to start off slow like Chris said… duh!! XD ^_^

omega_alpha-619 said:

March 4th, 12:21 pm

btw… letting everyone with a kz3 code in 1st would be a HUGE mistake, you realize how many people have codes?? The flood of people pooring in the 1st week would crash the game, then you’d all be on here whining bout that.. they need to start off slow like Chris said… duh!! XD ^_^

MarinoBrea said:

March 4th, 12:21 pm

Chris Roper…didn’t you work for IGN? Your God of War III review SUCKED. 8.5 for presentation LOL. I wonder how you will feel now you’re on the other side of the fence and reviewers start nitpicking crap about Socom 4. I would like to read your honest review of Socom 4 and have a good laugh. Then again, I guess not. I just thank God you stopped reviewing games, nobody misses your crappy reviews.

Mosh_Pit said:

March 4th, 12:21 pm

The beta code with killzone 3 is worth more then a ps plus menbership. Why the ps plus members gets in the beta before killzone 3 codes….

KGH said:

March 4th, 12:37 pm

damn, week 3… hopefully i can get in the private beta

Go_Buddie_Go said:

March 4th, 12:45 pm

Think about it, They wanna start the beta off slowly with a small private group than with a much larger group later on(Also Note: PS+ Members were promised Beta Invites to games long before we knew about Socom 4 beta invites being packed in with KZ3, So I can understand why they get it second). Then we have the Killzone 3 owners with beta invites, But I do agree that they should of been a bit more specific on how you will be able to access the beta because I’m sure I wasn’t the only that had no idea that there were other ways of getting in up until this post. However, Still looking forward to Socom 4 and the beta.

crashnburn85 said:

March 4th, 12:48 pm

Hey Roeper (BEYOND!):

Could you shed some light on how the bomb diffuser is determined? Does the team select him/her? Does it rotate between team members during the course of the match? What happens if someone is selected and they aren’t filling the role correctly?


SnDin9 said:

March 4th, 12:51 pm

Can’t wait for the 22nd to give this a try! I might be a little busy with Homefront though, just sayin’… :P

Vicious54 said:

March 4th, 12:52 pm

Nice, can’t wait to give it a try.

YungShep said:

March 4th, 12:58 pm

awesome for i bought killzone 3 for killzone 3 and not the socom beta, but i am a ps + owner so ill give away the beta key i have to one of my psn buddies, im sure they will appreciate this alot, lol

Badmamajamma said:

March 4th, 1:09 pm

WOW Who pays 60 bux for a [DELETED} beta, buy kz3 for kz3 you jackwagons. how stupid are some of you ppl? I love my kz3 and I would never buy a game just for a beta, that’s cause i have common sense unlike you morons. someone should buy an island and put u idiots on it and beat common sense into u.

BuN-WeEd-24-7 said:

March 4th, 1:33 pm


Madvillen said:

March 4th, 2:00 pm

Contact me

kenoetheboss said:

March 4th, 2:01 pm

learn from this crap people do not buy a game agian to get beta access, it’s like they killing there own industry some of these developers will do anything to sell these day. killzone 3 is my last $59.99 day 1 buy for me this year until battlefield 3 hello dice i have some money waiting for you this november. and this is coming from some body who is strap with cash they all can burn in hell

kenoetheboss said:

March 4th, 2:05 pm

114 Mosh_Pit | March 4th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
The beta code with killzone 3 is worth more then a ps plus menbership. Why the ps plus members gets in the beta before killzone 3 codes….

you just open my eye what a rip off giving it to plus first i was a plus meneber didnit renew cuz i dont play them crappy games plus get

The_Grey__Warden said:

March 4th, 2:16 pm

well that’s the final patch of dirt on the socom grave..

Catch-u-SlipN said:

March 4th, 2:23 pm

Lol are you serious? Its says people who purchase KZ3 get early access to the beta when it goes live u F***tards and it goes live march 15th! And Killzone Beta doesn’t start until march 29th? Can u dumb F***s read that?? They lied to sell more copies of KZ3! Point Blank!! Can someone explain why the F*** they said Early Access and they get it before Everyone in the whole F****** world gets it???

PayneKiller1509 said:

March 4th, 2:36 pm

ahhh wth so I’m a PS+ Member my beta code will mean nothing to me then?

Guess I can just give it away.

JAM_GAM said:

March 4th, 2:56 pm

Oh wow!I didn’t think I could be more disappointed.

SteveO1683 :
From your Blog post about KZ3 granting early access
“Inside the box you’ll find a PSN code that you’ll be able to redeem for your early access as soon as the beta goes live.”
Not really early or “as soon as the beta goes live” either.
Exactly.Well said.False advertising as it’s best.Why did I go through the trouble of pre-ordering it and waiting for it to deliver so that I could (definitely) get the beta,when I have to wait almost FIFTEEN DAYS after the beta really begins!?Not to mention,I’m stuck with this stupidly unnecessary dog-tag picture on my KZ3 box art (which is just cluttering it along with the move and gamespot’s best of e3 crap).I don’t care if PS+ members get the beta,but why do they get it a week before me,when you guys said I would get it as soon as it goes live?lies.lies.lies.

And to the idiots thinking we bought KZ3 just for the beta,don’t be stupid.That’s not the case for most of us.We’re pissed,because we were lied to,simple as that.You don’t like it?Too bad.People have the right to complain;to voice their concerns/criticisms/opinions;to give feedback..that’s how things change for the better (well,usually)

Kchow23 said:

March 4th, 2:59 pm

Kinda lame.. soo really I can just giveaway my SOCOM4 beta code since I already am a PS+ member

JAM_GAM said:

March 4th, 3:01 pm

And you know what? None of this really matters, I guess. That’s what’s so funny. People have blind faith for SONY and PlayStation, that they bend over backwards for them; I swear this new and younger generation of gamers are so easily satisfied/impressed, it’s disgusting. This beta was the only chance SOCOM4 had to be fixed if Zipper listened… with everything they have changed/removed for the worst, the classic, tried and trued, fan-favorite modes being absent, the removal of some fundamental and crucial game-play elements/mechanics, and not to mention the unacceptable removal of features that a LAST GEN, PS2 GAME HAD! Really?!?! A game that old had more useful features than a modern PS3 game, now? WOW… “SOCOM” is not SOCOM anymore…and all of this is a big middle finger to the hardcore fanbase that made Zipper successful… way to cater to the CoD kiddies… lol, 2 primary guns and killstreaks… no grenade arc… oh my my my…

JAM_GAM said:

March 4th, 3:01 pm

But, getting back on point, none of it matters though, because even if Zipper tried to listen and follow the advise/demands of the community/fanbase… and even if they could pull that off effectively… there isn’t enough time, you have a beta that is way too close to the release date of the final game… in fact, I’m sure the game is already close to being finalized, and Zipper probably has no intention to delay it, or even change it at all (lobbies, earth to zipper, hello?!).. even if it was possible under time constraints. And I’m sure they wouldn’t make many drastic changes with patches, unless they go the Slant Six route… but then they would lose their stubborn “dignity”.

Jae775 said:

March 4th, 3:16 pm

Sweet can’t wait for it XD

kenoetheboss said:

March 4th, 3:34 pm pure lies and with a beta so closed to release reply to this post zipper what you guys gonna fix in a few days? absolutely nothing, you prolly already know the game is a fail and trying to pull 1 off on us thats why i back out early this my last post goodbye thank you come agian

Massive_13 said:

March 4th, 3:34 pm

This is cool… now I can give my beta code to my friend who loves Socom as much as I do. I sure hope people get picked based off how many hours they put into Socom, or maybe by how long they’ve been subscribed to…

Any how, a week to wait isn’t bad, but two weeks kinda sucks for us Killzone3 buyers… oh well, here’s hoping I get in the first wave… I really want to help this game “be all that you can be” even though we talking about Navy Seals… or are we still Navy Seals?

Hey Chris Roper…. Pick me!! lol

I____MIGUEL____I said:

March 4th, 3:50 pm

Anyone mind sharing a code?


March 4th, 3:58 pm

I can’t wait to play the beta.

SpeedRacer1955 said:

March 4th, 4:12 pm

Will there be a SoCOM4 Bundle similar to the KillZone3 for $149.99, with the Sharpshooter game and all the Move accessories??? If so then I will have to seriously be getting the Sharpshooter.

Catch-u-SlipN said:

March 4th, 4:30 pm

Anybody that is looking for a beta code hit me up on PSN I’m selling the Killzone beta code I got for 50 bucks to get my money back being Sony and Zipper completely ripped me off so I’m dead serious hit me up we’ll do it via paypal

x-S-N-A-K-E-x said:

March 4th, 4:41 pm

Socom 4 beta code that was included in killzone 3 for sale via paypal only for 20 Bucks.
if intrested e-mail me at (

CerealxKiller13 said:

March 4th, 4:43 pm

Glad to have playstation plus!

footballrule said:

March 4th, 6:28 pm

So glad i’m a PS Plus member! We getting it first! :D

Tank_Baked said:

March 4th, 6:30 pm


Yes it’s called the Full Deployment edition . There’s an article on this blog about it,just search for it .

Anyway it’s a ps move bundle that comes with the eye,the move controller,the navigation controller and the Sharpshooter,as well as the game itself . $149.99 I already have mine pre-ordered .

marlyt said:

March 4th, 7:29 pm

Anyone who doesn’t understand how to get into a beta at this point, as clearly as it’s spelled, out is a complete tool. As for people calling “foul” on Zipper for not having KZ3 codes in the beginning, you aren’t owed crap so shut the hell up.

marlyt said:

March 4th, 7:33 pm

BTW I bought the Sharpshooter with KZ and interesting but does NOT make it easier, in my opinion, to play with move. You still turn view by pointing the move reticle beyond the screen. I didn’t return it but a std sixaxis controller is still the way to go, for me.

DeadCell34 said:

March 4th, 8:01 pm

Pfffttt……. people who bought Killzone 3 should get it before PS+ subscribers.

Sky-Rocketed77 said:

March 4th, 8:08 pm

lol either way..i’m in =) complainers these days

Sky-Rocketed77 said:

March 4th, 8:12 pm

you know whats funny? ps+ is just $50 for 15 months and Kz3 was about $64 which included a beta code…Ps+ gets the beta a whole week earlier lol…Ps+ wins in every way.

I-IiTMAN said:

March 4th, 8:15 pm

I still wonder how they know who to consider hardcore fans? Is there certain requirments? Like playing all socoms or posting all day on the forums age ? cus i meet all of them i even beta tested socom 2 and 3! and had socom 1 preordered and played since day 1 thats game !!

Skater_Ricky said:

March 4th, 8:17 pm

@Sky-Rocketed77 you getting Socom 4 bro?

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