The face of war is about to change on the PlayStation 4, as PlanetSide 2 finally gears up for its first closed beta, set to begin on Jan. 20. For those who would like to get in on the action nice and early, there’s still time to sign up for service.

Already available on the PC, PlanetSide 2 is the latest online free-to-play game making its way to modern consoles. We announced yesterday that the MOBA SMITE would be slipping into its testing period on the Xbox One soon, joining other f2p hits like Blacklight: Retribution, War Thunder and Loadout, just to name a few.

As for PlanetSide 2, it’s a massive first-person shooter boasting epic wars with hundreds of participants. You run, shoot, drive, fly and even ski across huge landscapes in the hopes of completing missions, all in order to turn the tide of war ever so slightly in your faction’s favor.



Expected around the launch of the PlayStation 4 and getting pushed back a number of times, PlanetSide 2 was expected a beta run before the end of 2014. While the development team didn’t quite make that mark, it looks like the testing period won’t be too far off target. Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that the closed beta will begin on Jan. 20. And, for those of you who haven’t done so already, there’s still time to sign up for said beta and future roll-outs by heading over to the PlanetSide 2 website and dropping off your email address.

“We’ll be using this beta period to test our servers, performance and various other aspects of the game, and we also want you to share constructive feedback on PlanetSide 2,” said Executive Producer Clint Worley. “All players in the closed beta will have access to our special beta forums, which will be the primary location for development interaction and feedback. We want the massive battles to make your heart pound and adrenaline pump, so share your thoughts with us.”

In order to ramp up the server load steadily, only a few thousand players will be invited into the beta through the first batch of invites. If you’re not one of the chosen few, don’t sweat it. Additional waves of invites will be sent out over time, leading into the official launch of the game, presumably sometime later this year. It’s also worth mentioning that beta invites will be done chronologically so, if you are only just now signing up, maybe don’t expect to get in alongside the first few waves.

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