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War of the Roses closed beta starts today

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Sharpen your arrows, sharpen your swords, sharpen everything that can be used to poke holes in people: the first wave of War of the Roses beta keys is being issued. The House of York and the House of Lancaster are recruiting via the beta sign-up page (opens in new tab) -- you'll have to compete for an invite with over 100,000 other beta registrants, but referring five friends will guarantee access.

Our recent hands-on preview exposes the elaborate, challenging, and goofy medieval combat that awaits testers. If you're interested in the research behind the game, have a watch of the latest behind-the-scenes video below:

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