The invite-only beta for the PS3 and 360 will be available to gamers who purchase Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Sorry, PC gamers, no beta for you.
You'll get to take Far Cry 3's class-based multiplayer for a spin this summer with up to 16 players—that is, after you pick up a copy of Ghost Recon Future Soldier from Gamestop and you have to be a member of the retailer's PowerUp Rewards program. After all that, you'll receive a code that can be entered at http://www.gamestop.com/code, and when the beta is live, you will receive the code to access it.
Alternately, if those seem like one too many hoops to go through, Ubisoft is giving away 500 beta keys through their Facebook page.
The beta promises to allow gamers to check out the shooter's six playable classes as well as the new gameplay modes including Firestorm. This is my favorite part from the release: "Zip-lining, combat sliding, psyche gas and barrel bombs are just some of the gameplay elements that can be experienced when playing." Seriously, what's going on in Far Cry 3? It sounds a little like Gotham City Imposters.
Far Cry 3 will be available on September 4th for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.
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