The Crew closed beta now deploying a little earlier, here's what to expect

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The Crew's closed beta will be arriving a little earlier than its original July 23rd deploy date, perhaps due to opportune driving conditions, or clement weather - we just don't know. We do know, however, that the beta will now be waiting outside your house, keys in hand on July 21st, giving you a whole working week of slightly buggy open world driving fun before you have to take it back to the rental place. If you haven't signed up yet, you can still do that here, but be warned: you will need a uPlay account. You'll find details of the closed beta after the break.

The Crew to enter closed beta next month, applications now open

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Ubisoft’s nation spanning 'CarPG' The Crew will enter its beta period on July 23, and applications are now open. You'll need a uPlay account to be elligible, and the publisher is warning that all manner of bugs and glitches are liable to occur, which is par for the course in the world of closed betas.

Battlefield Hardline beta now open to all PC gamers

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It seems like only a week ago that the Battlefield Hardline beta was a closed affair, accessible to only the most fortunate and well-connected of the world's virtual warriors. And you know what? It was only a week ago, roughly, but that doesn't matter anymore, because those doors have now swung wide open. Want in? All you have to do is sign up.

Elite: Dangerous "Premium Beta" now available at a $150 price tag

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When I was a youngster, beta testing was something game developers did to ensure their creations functioned correctly before they were unleashed on the public. In more recent years, the term has become almost synonymous with "demo," but Elite: Dangerous takes it a step further by charging $150 for the privilege.

Wasteland 2 dev says "average" playthrough might take 50 hours, Linux build coming

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There's no perfect amount of time to spend in a world that's almost destroyed itself, but Wasteland 2 wants to give you at least a couple of days to savour the terrifying sights. Developer inXile Entertainment thinks an "average new player" should take about 50 hours to complete the upcoming RPG

EverQuest Next Landmark enters closed beta on March 26, SOE talks player collaboration

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EverQuest Next Landmark will leave alpha and enter a closed beta on 26 March, SOE told us at GDC this week. Anyone who has purchased one of the founder's packs, now including the $20 Settler option, will be able to play the game as it reaches this stage—SOE promised it would be happening before the end of March, and here that day is.

Tropico 5 beta registration now open

Emanuel Maiberg at

El Presidente, in his infinite wisdom and kindness, has opened registration for the Tropico 5 beta. If you think you’d be a good leader of a banana republic, you can register for an opportunity to test the game early on publisher Kalypso’s website.

Titanfall is a 21GB download, 48 GB installed

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If you plan on playing Titanfall on a laptop or want to install it on a solid state hard drive, you might need to prepare in advance for the game’s March 11 release date. Responding to a question from a fan, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella said on Twitter that the PC version of Titanfall’s will be a 21 gigabyte download, and will take up a whopping 48 gigabyte when installed.

Watch our Titanfall livestream at 4 p.m. PST

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The Titanfall beta ends tonight, so we're saying goodbye for now to our space diving stomp machines with a two hour livestream starting at 4 p.m. PST (That's 7 p.m. EST and 12 a.m. GMT). Watch as Tyler wall-runs, shotguns, rodeos, and dies over and over until the beta ends or he gets hungry and wanders off to find pizza.

Titanfall beta gameplay video: maxed settings at 2560x1440 on LPC

Tyler Wilde at

Never mind that I'm such a bad shot I couldn't hit the side of a giant mech—here's the Titanfall beta in glorious 1440p with the settings cranked as high as they go, recorded on the Large Pixel Collider, our four-Titan Voltron which we built with help from Digital Storm and disrespect for the natural order.

Titanfall screenshots: max settings at 7680x1440 on LPC

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The Titanfall beta is live (read and watch our impressions), and what better PC to run it on than our own Large Pixel Collider, with its four GeForce GTX Titans? We actually only powered up two of the Titans for this battle (a long story involving watt meters and circuit breakers), but that didn't stop us from spanning three 1440p monitors for a total resolution of 7680x1440.

Titanfall beta signups are now live

Cory Banks at

EA and Respawn have opened up registration for Titanfall's beta. The robotic multiplayer shooter, out on March 11, is the first game from Respawn Entertainment, and its beta will be your first chance to try one of our most anticipated games of the year.

Wasteland 2 combat improvements on the horizon

Patrick Carlson at

Now well into its early beta-testing phase, post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 is all about roadmaps. While developer inXile Entertainment is—quite logically—intently focused on the nastiest game-breaking bugs, the Kickstarter project will also be seeing some "significant" tweaks to combat, according to the latest report from CEO Brian Fargo.

Starbound sells over one million copies

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Available in a playable beta version since early December, Starbound’s take on procedurally-generated exploration has at least one galactic-sized milestone to celebrate in 2014. The indie adventure game has sold over 1 million copies, according to a tweet today by developer Chucklefish Games.

Battlefield 4 beta feedback: what's changing before launch

Tyler Wilde at

Battlefield 4 beta players have done their jobs, according to a list of fixes and tweaks DICE plans to make before launch. Good job, Battlefield 4 beta players! In the blog post, DICE's Vincent Vukovic thanks the testers and describes how the beta's "key findings" will be addressed before October 29—several of the bug reports relate specifically to PC optimization.

Steam beta update adds In-Home Streaming support, sort of

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Something interesting has cropped up in the latest Steam beta update: streaming capability, even if it's not quite, um, capable yet. The wily devils at the unofficial Steam Database have unearthed (after some "tinkering") an option called In-Home Streaming, which will obviously let you stream games from one PC to another or others, over a local network. Will is the operative word here - the option is there, in an unfinished form at least, but it's currently hamstrung by Steam's one-PC-at-a-time login restrictions.

Steam Family Sharing program starts for first 1,000 beta testers

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A couple of weeks ago, Valve announced a new Steam program that would let players share their libraries with designated friends and family, a small step toward games-lending practices that had been forgotten in the fog of PC gaming history. Now it’s here: the Steam Family Sharing beta program has officially started, granting library sharing for its first 1,000 participants.

Dota 2 isn't free yet, but it is a lot cheaper

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Rumors that Dota 2 was now playable without an invite made their way across the internet yesterday. We now know that those were just rumors. You still need an invite to get access to anything other than the tutorial and spectator mode. The good news is that paying for access to the game is a lot more reasonable now with prices as low as $10 for the Dota 2 Starter Pack.

Steam Trading Cards releases in beta, introduces game badges, XP, and leveling

Tyler Wilde at

Join the Steam Trading Cards group on Steam to score a beta invite so you can start collecting trading cards, earning XP, and leveling up—yup, Steam just got gamified.

Crysis 3 public multiplayer beta launches next week

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Crytek are providing the chance to hone your predatory instincts in preparation for the launch of Crysis 3. A two week open multiplayer beta will be running from January 29 - February 12. The test will give players a chance to try out two maps and two multiplayer modes, including the return of Crysis 2's king-of-the-hill style Crash Site, and the hide and stab fun of new addition Hunter. Here's a video rundown of the two modes that I found cloaked in our archives.