Crysis 3 multiplayer beta to kick off on the 29th

We often lament the dearth of game demos preceding major PC releases. Happily, Crysis 3 will be one of those few titles you'll be able to sample before buying. EA has announced that a Crysis 3 multiplayer beta will kick off on January 29 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

EA says the beta will be available to "everyone," although only for a limited time: it will end on February 12. Included will be two of Crysis 3's team-based game modes, Hunter and Crash Site. We already got a sneak preview of those modes last October, when Crytek released the following video:

If you prefer your teasers in text form, here's how EA describes them:

In Crash Site, players must secure and defend specific locations, earning points along the way for kills and their ability to hold those locations. The exciting, all-new Hunter mode makes its debut in Crysis 3. This asymmetrical, time based mode pits two players vs. ten (two vs. 14 on PC) in matches that begin with two cloaked hunters stalking 10 opposing CELL troopers. Armed only with enhanced Nanosuits and the lethal Predator bow, hunters must systematically stalk and kill the CELL operatives, who in turn must work together as a team as they fight to stay alive before the round ends. The twist is that once a CELL trooper is killed, that player will then respawn as a hunter, joining the others in their attempt to eliminate the remaining CELL operatives before the clock strikes zero.

The multiplayer beta will let folks duke it out in two of the full game's twelve multiplayer maps. Dubbed Airport and Museum, the maps will "provide players a taste of the lush, urban rainforest and tactical sandbox that awaits them under the Liberty Dome of New York City," according to EA.

Crysis 3 is due out on February 19 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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