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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's PS3-exclusive beta suffered a last-minute delay in North America. Today Ubisoft provided the new launch date and a host of other details.
The North American beta will now launch on the same date as its European counterpart: October 4th. Access will be limited here in the States to folks who pre-order the game through GameStop by September 26th.
The beta allows you to try out the game's multiplayer component. You will be able to step into the shoes of nine different Assassins, such as the doctor and priest. Each has their own set of unique weapons and abilities.
One competitive and one cooperative multiplayer mode will be included in the beta. In "Wanted" matches, one player is designated as the target and the other players (up to 7) try to assassinate them. The target can choose to either flee or stun his pursuers. The player with the most kills at the end of 10 minutes wins. "Alliance" works much the same way, except that players are split up into teams of two and there are two rounds.
When the beta first launches, only two maps (Rome and Castel Gandolfo) and the "Wanted" mode will be available. The community will unlock a third map (Siena) and the "Alliance" mode in time, though. How they'll do that is unclear. Maybe it'll be unlocked after a certain amount of kills, like the bonus map in Battlefield 1943.