Square Enix wants to get as many players into Dissidia Final Fantasy NT as possible ahead of its release at the end of the month on January 30th. The game is due out for the PlayStation 4, but before it releases you can play-test the game courtesy of an open-beta that's live right now.
If you mosey on over to the official PlayStation Store page for the Dissidia Final Fantasy NT beta, you'll find that you can download it from the PlayStation Store... for free. The beta clocks in at 18GB, so make sure you have some room free. The best part about it is that if you don't have PlayStation Plus you can still download the beta and get in some play time with the game to find out if it's the sort of action-heavy, hack-and-slash game that you've always wanted.
The beta test will run from January 12th all the up way to January 21st. You'll be able to play as both a select number of heroes and villains from the game.
One thing that Square will be doing is alternating between characters throughout the open beta period, similar to what EA recently did with the open beta for EA Sports UFC 3, where the developers would swap out fighters over the several-day testing period, giving gamers an idea of what the different weight classes were like and how the characters handled in the octagon.
For Dissidia Final Fantasy NT they don't exactly say which characters will be present in the beta or which ones the developers will be swapping in and swapping out. The general gist of the gameplay is that players will engage in three-on-three melee bouts within medium sized arenas, being able to make use of the characters' special abilities from their respective games.
Each character is classified under a specific category, including assassin, marksman, specialist, and vanguard. Each class carries out a specific style of attacks that fit within certain archetypes, including long-range attacks for the marksman, and up-close and personal attacks for the assassin. You'll have to mix and match your abilities and teammates in order to gain the upper hand on your foes.
In addition to being able to unleash combos, throw magic attacks, and corner opponents into submission, there are also summons that can be brought onto the battlefield to help change the tide of combat.
The best part about it is that you can play either single-player or multiplayer online. The single-player will see players controlling their three teammates while facing off against the AI opponents. In the multiplayer mode, you can play in any combination of between two and six players, duking it out in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.
Now for the full version of the game, you will need a PlayStation Plus subscription. So Square is likely using the beta to lure in gamers who haven't subscribed in order to entice them to do so.
The game is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4 in the West starting January 30th at the end of the month.