World in Conflict July beta opens up

— 6:00 AM on July 13, 2007

We're about a day late on this, but real-time strategy fans can now register to sample Massive Entertainment's upcoming game, World in Conflict. A free beta CD-key can be obtained by simply filling in one's name, address, e-mail address, and birth date over on this page. Interested parties should hurry, though: according to this report over at Shacknews, the beta will only run until the end of this month. Said beta includes a tutorial mission as well as two multiplayer maps dubbed "HomeTown" and "Farmland" where as many as 16 players can face off. Those who've already pre-ordered the game can reportedly unlock a third map dubbed "Riviera," too.

World in Conflict takes place in 1988 in an alternate reality where the Cold War turns hot and Russian troops invade North America. The game features a state-of-the-art graphics engine with DirectX 10 features, which should give those GeForce 8 or Radeon HD graphics cards out there a chance to stretch their legs a little. If you don't feel like joining the beta but still want to know what the fuss is about, ComputerAndVideoGames has a preview of the game available here.

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