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Doom beta codes will be handed out at GameStop this weekend

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The Doom multiplayer beta, as you may be aware, begins at 10 pm ET on March 31. The good news is, that's only two sleeps away! The bad news is that it's restricted to people who preordered Wolfenstein: The New Order, or purchased it digitally prior to May 26, 2014. Or is it?

Here's a little tidbit in the Doom Multiplayer Closed Beta FAQ that you might find interesting: “Starting April 1 at 6pm ET, visit your local GameStop or EB Games (Canada) to receive a free Doom Closed Beta access code. Codes will be distributed through April 3.”

I honestly don't know if this is new information, or if we just missed it because there's no mention of the offer in the FAQ for the UK that we've looked at previously. Either way, the thing to focus on here is that if you have a GameStop or EB nearby, you can pop in over the weekend and snag access to the beta.

The FAQ doesn't dig down into details, but I would guess that the offer is “while supplies last,” and that the absence of anything similar on the UK side means it's only available in North America. I've reached to Bethesda to confirm and will update when I hear one way or the other.

Thanks, Blues.

Update: Bethesda has confirmed that other retailers outside of North America will be handing out codes, "in limited quantities," as well. A list of retailers wasn't provided, however, so you'll just have to take a shot with your favorite local seller and hope for the best. If you have luck, let us know in the comments.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.