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Chivalry 2 beta dates, start time and how to get a code for PS5, PS4, Xbox One and PC

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

The Chivalry 2 beta weekend is about to begin on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.

The medieval multiplayer game’s beta weekend has an April 23 release date, and a 3.30pm BST launch time on all platforms.

The Chivalry 2 beta ends during the early hours of April 27 for fans living in the UK.

Sadly, however, this is a closed beta, which means only a select few fans will have the opportunity to play.

If you want to get a code for the Chivalry 2 closed beta, you’ll need to pre-order the game from a digital storefront.

“All digital pre-orders for both console and PC include guaranteed access to the Cross-Play Closed Beta,” reads an official FAQ.

“On all platforms, the Closed Beta will be available if you pre-order before or during the Closed Beta weekend. After pre-ordering, as of April 23 at 10:30am ET just find the Beta on your platform and download it immediately, no key required!”

Another drawback is that the Chivalry 2 beta can’t be pre-loaded ahead of schedule. This means you’ll need to wait until 3.30pm to start downloading the game.

It’s unfortunate, because it means some fans will have a longer wait before they can start playing.

This is especially true if your broadband speed isn’t the quickest, or if you’re unable to start downloading until later in the day.

On the plus side, however, the Chivalry 2 closed beta will support cross-platform play, which should speed up wait times during matchmaking.

With the Chivalry 2 beta about to begin, fans can brush up on their combat skills by watching a new tips and tricks video (below).

The video reveals how to parry incoming strikes, how to block, and how to counter. Better players will also utilise melee attacks to break their opponent’s blocking stance.

If you’ve played something like Mordhau on PC, then you should be pretty familiar with how Chivalry 2 works.

The game’s brawls take place on huge medieval battlefields, where players must storm castles, fire off weapons and more.

“Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer first person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles,” reads the official description.

“Players are thrust into the action of every iconic moment of the era – from clashing swords, to storms of flaming arrows, to sprawling castle sieges and more.”

Quick Tips to Survive the Epic Battlefields of the Chivalry 2 Cross-Platform Play Closed Beta

Author Alex Hayter, Brand Director, Torn Banner Studios
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Sharpen your blades and get ready to cut your teeth in the Chivalry 2 cross-platform play closed beta on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S!

Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer, first-person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles. Starting today in the cross-platform play closed beta, you can enter this dangerous medieval world in sprawling 64-player games and prove your worth as a warrior!

Running Friday, April 23 through Monday, April 26, the cross-platform play closed beta brings a meaty chunk of the full game to sample before you enter the real battlefield at launch on June 8, 2021. 

Watch the all-new combat guide to become a melee combat master and rise to the top of the scoreboard:

How to Access the Chivalry 2 Cross-Platform Play Closed Beta on Xbox

Pre-order a digital copy of Chivalry 2 on the Xbox Store today for guaranteed access to the cross play closed beta, and the full game at its release on June 8, 2021. Once you’ve pre-ordered, navigate to the Chivalry 2 Beta in the Xbox Store on April 23 to download it and hop in!

Your Chivalry 2 Combat Cheat Sheet

Here are five quick tips for how to survive in the chaos of Chivalry 2’s sprawling 64-player battlefields:

  1. Attack as a group to make it easier to capture objectives!
  2. Force your foes’ heavy attacks to miss by strafing or backpedaling, then strike quickly as your enemy recovers.
  3. Time your attacks well! You are vulnerable during the recovery phase of attacks and cannot attack or parry.
  4. Only shields can block arrows or bolts. They’ll even block them when your shield is unequipped and on your back if you’re clever enough.
  5. Is your enemy running away like a coward? Try throwing your weapon!

Onward, brave knights! Let us fight for glory!

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Chivalry 2

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Return to the ultimate medieval battlefield. Chivalry 2 is a multiplayer first person slasher inspired by epic medieval movie battles. Players are thrust into the action of every iconic moment of the era – from clashing swords, to storms of flaming arrows, to sprawling castle sieges and more. Storm into battle with your friends with cross-play on all platforms! Charge headfirst into stunning cinematic battles inspired by epic medieval action films Experience large-scale conflicts in sprawling medieval environments ranging from Tournament grounds to full-scale castle sieges Pick your playstyle with 4 classes and 12 subclasses, each with their own unique weapons and abilities and much more! Pre-order Exclusive Item: Royal Zweihänder – Cull your enemies with the Royal Zweihänder, a two-handed beast of a weapon. Perfect for when you’re surrounded and ready to go down in a frenzy of bloody glory. Pre-ordering also includes guaranteed access to the Chivalry 2 Closed Beta running April 23-26.

Phantasy Star Online 2: Xbox Special Rewards and New Genesis Closed Beta Test

Author Fred White, Head of Global Marketing, Phantasy Star Online 2
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Summary

  • Closed beta test registration now open for Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis with testing planned for as May 14 to 16.
  • Background of PSO2: NGS story revealed.
  • Lots of new in-game events, updates, and new content to explore.

Springtime is here, Arks! We’ve been hard at work preparing some stellar surprises for you this month with outstanding in-game bonus giveaways, as well as some great in-game events that drop some highly hunted loot. And around the corner ready to pounce is the closed beta test for the next game in the PSO2 series taking place only through the Xbox Insider Program, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis!

Phantasy Star Online 2

Bonus Giveaways for PSO2 Players

We will be granting Phantasy Star Online 2 players special rewards when playing on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! For a limited time, you will immediately receive a Tokyo Bonus Key: Gold just for logging in each day during the campaign period. And better yet, for dedicated Arks who log in on 3 days during the campaign period on Windows 10 or Xbox will receive 10 EXP 1,000,000 tickets. Log in on 5 days during the campaign period, you’ll score 2 Tokyo Bonus Key: Rainbow and a Key Rivalate.

But wait, there’s more! Clear any recommended quests and acquire:

  • 3 super special gifts to receive a Singer’s Mic x1 (Weapon Camo: Rod)
  • 5 special gifts for a Sporty Short Hair GV x1 (Hairstyle Avatar)
  • 7 special gifts for a Braided Half Updo GV x1 (Hairstyle Avatar) 
Phantasy Star Online 2

In-game Events

We appreciate you, operatives – all 2+ million of you! We’ve cooked up some campaigns to show you just how thankful we are to have you all aboard Oracle Fleet. Check our website for details or teleport into PSO2 today to see some surprising new content, including:

  • The Limited Time Quest – Mop-Up Op: Endless Nightmare: A quest with a rare drop boost applied each time it’s played.
  • The New Urgent Quest – Swirling Inferno: Extinguish the fire by attacking with weapons and rescue the ones who failed to escape.
  • The New Ultimate Quest – Final Battle: Space-Time Interstice: It’s time to challenge the Primordial Darkness mano a manifestation. Only senior-ranking Arks (those above level 90 on both main and sub-class) should attempt this mission, as it is to be done solo. That’s right, on your own. Will you prevail? Find out today!
  • Premium User Appreciation Day: Still hunting that Rappy Suit Mini, Arks? Then you’re in luck, because on the 21st of every month (depending on where you live) you get an encore of PSO2 Day, with the Premium Users Appreciation Day. While Premium Set members will receive additional goodies, all Arks can hunt and obtain items from the ARKS Rappy. Want more details about a Premium Set? Be sure to check out our website!
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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Closed Beta Test on May 14

Greetings to all past, current, and future Arks! We’re very excited to be hosting the registration for the official Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis closed beta test, which will be held May 14 to 16 right here through the Xbox Insider Program (PC only). We need you, operative, to help! In exchange for your service, we’ve got lots of in-game action, fun and surprises in store for you, plus a bonus for being part of the original crew! Apply today to secure your spot and create your legacy.

Register for the PSO2: NGS closed beta test today! Closed beta test takes place Friday, May 14 at 6:00pm PT to Sunday, May 16 at 7:00pm PT

What’s PSO2: NGS All About?

Ready up and join thousands of your fellow operatives in exploring the gorgeous new world landscapes of PSO2: NGS. You’ll arrive 1,000 years after the battle of Oracle in PSO2 and unite to help defeat a new and supremely powerful enemy of unexplained origin, known as the DOLLS.

The fight against the DOLLS has been ongoing for decades, but yet, no one knows where they are coming from, and why they are attacking the people of the peaceful planet of Halpha. The members of ARKS are made up of skilled individuals from Halpha, but there are also those with a different background – the Meteorn. Similar to the DOLLS, no one knows where they come from, or the reason for their arrival in Halpha.

You’ll encounter vast expanses of a high resolution, open world powered by a new graphics engine. But don’t stop to smell the Halphanian Hibiscus, or you’ll find yourself on the wrong end of a Daityl Sword. These stunning enemies with enhanced character models are beautiful to behold, but deadly serious in their determination to deal destruction. Rejoice with the redesigned battle system giving you control over every jump, dodge and high-altitude glide. Fight together on the battlefield alongside friends from all over the globe. And revel post-battle in the ship’s lobby with teammates, telling the tales of victory.

This closed beta test will feature content planned for release at the official launch of PSO2:NGS, which will allow players to experience the fundamental game system. We would also like to gather general sentiment and feedback in order to make any needed changes or adjustments, in addition to resolving any problems discovered during testing and before the official service launches.

We’d be honored for you to join us and share your valuable thoughts and opinions. Players who participate and fulfill certain requirements will be rewarded with special items. Once you register to secure your slot in the closed beta test, be sure to visit the CBT website we have created at https://ngs.pso2.com and follow us at @play_pso2 on Twitter and @PSO2Official on Facebook for updates. We look forward to your applications!

So, jump into PSO2 today with your fellow ARKS operatives and be a part of all the excitement that is happening on your ship. 2021 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet in the Phantasy Star Online 2 universe and we look forward to having you join us on the journey!

Resident Evil ReVerse open beta release date, time, pre-load links for PS4 and Xbox One

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Resident Evil fans are counting down to the start of the Re:Verse open beta on PlayStation and Xbox.

The Resident Evil Village multiplayer spinoff is available to anybody who picks up a copy of the upcoming survival horror sequel.

Described as a “fight to the death that all Resident Evil fans can enjoy”, Re:Verse is an online multiplayer spinoff for 4-6 players.

With the release date creeping ever closer, fans can try the game early by taking part in the limited time open beta.

The Resident Evil Re:Verse open beta has an April 21 release date and a 7am BST launch time for fans living in the UK.

Available on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X and PC via Steam, the beta ends just 24-hours later.

If you don’t want to miss a second of the action, PS4 fans can download the open beta from the PlayStation Store right now. Xbox fans can also pre-load the beta by visiting the Xbox website.

While the beta is open to all players, even without a pre-order, there are a couple of things worth remembering if you want to take part.

Resident Evil fans will need to have a CAPCOM ID to access the open beta, and will also need to own supported hardware – which goes without saying.

While the full game will require PS Plus and Xbox Live, it looks like the open beta doesn’t have the same restrictions.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Resident Evil Re:Verse, Capcom explains more: “In Resident Evil Re:Verse you can test your skills against other players in four to six-person survival horror revenge matches.

“Play as beloved characters from the Resident Evil series and turn the tides of battle with powerful bioweapons.”

The game’s five minute deathmatches feature a unique twist, as defeated players return as Bioweapons.

“Take part in 5-minute Deathmatches, where the player with the most points wins! Use the weapons and items you find to take down even more powerful enemies!

“When your character is taken out, their body transforms into a powerful bioweapon which can be used against other players.

“Pick up multiple Virus Capsules to transform into even stronger bioweapons. Getting revenge with a bioweapon is also a great chance for more points!”

Xbox Cloud Gaming for Windows 10 PC and Apple Phones and Tablets Begin as Limited Beta for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members

Our mission at Xbox is to empower you to play the games you want with the people you want, anywhere you want. Simply put, we believe games have the power to connect humanity and it’s our mission to make gaming more accessible to people around the world.

As we shared at the end of last year, we’re bringing Xbox to more players on more devices via the cloud this year. Starting tomorrow, we’ll begin sending out invites to select Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to start testing the Xbox Cloud Gaming limited beta for Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets via web browsers. We’re launching xbox.com/play where invitees can play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles through Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari. Offering cloud gaming through the browser and having a simplified, universal landing page presents a great opportunity to make cloud gaming approachable to more players in more places over time.

The limited beta is our time to test and learn; we’ll send out more invites on a continuous basis to players in all 22 supported countries, evaluate feedback, continue to improve the experience, and add support for more devices. Our plan is to iterate quickly and open up to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the coming months so more people have the opportunity to play Xbox in all-new ways.

Those who receive an invite just need a compatible Bluetooth or USB-connected controller or can use custom touch controls for more than 50 games to start playing and testing. In the early stages of the beta, we’ll be focusing on fine-tuning features and creating a consistent experience across platforms, while making sure games are running their best. For more information on how to play, an updated list of supported devices, and release notes, please visit our support hub.

This is an exciting step on our journey to bring gaming to the 3 billion players around the world. Thanks so much for helping us shape cloud gaming, from the early days in Preview to today, quite simply we couldn’t have done it without you.

Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President & Head of Product, Project xCloud

This article originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Knockout City beta start time, PS4 loremipsum27 explained and Xbox, Switch Crossplay news

Knockout City is ramping up with a new content offering before its May 2021 release date.

Not only will this weekend boast a Knockout City beta across PS4, Xbox One and PC, but it will also include crossplay.

That means you can play with your friend no matter what platform they are using, and the best part is that it will all be free.

Gamers can already preload the Knockout City open beta, meaning they can be fully prepared for its start time on release day.

As with all betas, there will only be a small slice of content available to play, which will be disappearing at the end of the weekend.

The good news is that EA is planning to rotate in new content depending on what day you decide to drop in.

Different playlist will be going live, while EA will also be adding Sniper Ball to the mix of Special Balls, so you can lock onto enemies from far across the map.

New maps have also been confirmed, with Back Alley Brawl now in the rotation, with these other locations also confirmed:

  • Rooftop Rumble
  • Concussion Yard
  • Knockout Roundabout
  • Back Alley Brawl

Private Matches will also be available to set up custom matches against your friends, with Team KO and Face-Off available throughout the whole weekend (even after Face-Off is swapped for Diamond Dash in Street Play) in Private Matches. Once Diamond Dash is available in Street Play, it will also be available in Private Matches through the end of the beta.

WHEN DOES THE KNOCKOUT CITY BETA START?

The Knockout City Beta has a scheduled start time of 2pm BST on Friday, April 2, 2021. EA is using the same launch schedule across all platforms.

And if you’re playing in the United States, the Knockout action starts at 9am EST (that’s 6 a.m. PT) on the same day.

As mentioned above, different content will be going live during the Knockout City Beta, with EA confirming this playlist rotation during the weekend’s testing period:

Team KO

  • Start Time: April 2 at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. CEST / 10 p.m. JST
  • End Time: April 4 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT / April 5 at 3 a.m. CEST / 10 a.m. JST

Face-Off

  • Start Time: April 2 at 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. CEST / 10 p.m. JST
  • End Time: April 3 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 8 p.m. CEST / April 4 at 3 a.m. JST

Diamond Dash

  • Start Time: April 3 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 8 p.m. CEST / 3 a.m. JST
  • End Time: April 4 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT / April 5 at 3 a.m. CEST / 10 a.m. JST

And based on the times shared above, the Knockout City Open Beta is expected to end at around 2am BST, on April 5.

Loremipsum27 Explained

Some gamers on PS4 have noticed that they have started to download something called loremipsum27, instead of Knockout City.

For anyone concerned, EA has explained why this is happening, revealing that this a placeholder that has been accidentally left in place, and that the name will change back to Knockout City after you have completed the download.

A message from the Knockout City Support team explains: “If you’re brawling on PlayStation, you might see a placeholder icon/title as you download. This will flip over to the correct icon/title when the download is finished.

“Fun fact: This is the icon for Viper, the custom game engine that Velan Studios made for developing KO City!”

WoW Classic: Burning Crusade update and World of Warcraft TBC beta news

Having launched the official WoW Classic TBC beta earlier this month, Blizzard has started making a few changes around the edges.

The Burning Crusade remains an invite-only event for now but there are plenty of people who have managed to smash through what’s already available.

Players selected to participate in the beta test will receive an email invitation directing them to download the beta client directly from the Battle.net desktop app.

The good news is that more invites will be released during the beta, meaning that there will still be plenty of time to join before things wrap up.

And today has seen Blizzard start to tweak with the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade options, including a new level cap.

After today’s update, WoW Classic will notice that there is a new level cap in place, bringing it up to level 68.

There have also been plenty of new bug fixes pushed to help improve the overall gaming experience.

So when more players do get to join the Burning Crusade beta, it should be a more pleasant experience.

Full patch notes for today’s changes can be found below, courtesy of Blizzard:

BUG FIXES

Art and Visuals

  • Fixed a variety of issues to lighting and fog effects.
  • Outlands zones are currently missing some ground foliage and detail objects.
  • Fixed an issue where male Trolls had an invalid skin color option.
  • Fixed an issue with Crust Burster’s spell visuals.
  • Fixed an issue with FelReaver’s movement animation.

Combat

  • Fixed an issue where area-of-effect damage caps were not functioning properly.
  • Teleport: Moonglade is no longer missing from the level 58 Druid character templates.
  • The Hunter ability The Beast Within now functions properly.
  • The Paladin ability Seal of Blood now properly performs its primary damage effect.
  • The Paladin ability Pure of Heart now properly increases resistance to curses and diseases.
  • The Priest ability Pain Suppression now properly increases resistance to Dispel mechanics.
  • Shaman totem buffs are now displayed in the buff list.
  • The Warrior talent Second Wind now triggers on Immobilize effects.
So far, Blizzard has not provided a full release schedule for the Classic Burning Crusade experience.

However, based on previous Classic betas, fans are hoping that the TBC beta will end in late April and will be quickly followed by a big realms launch.

The latest message on the rollout from Blizzard reads: “The Burning Crusade Classic beta test has begun! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting opt-in beta testers and more to check out the upcoming Classic expansion and give us feedback. 

Players selected to participate in the beta test will receive an email invitation directing them to download the beta client directly from the Battle.net desktop app.

“As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—if you’re unsure whether your invitation is legitimate, please log in to your Battle.net account to verify that there is a Burning Crusade Classic beta license attached (under Your Game Accounts).”

Rust Console Beta: Great news as Rust beta extended on PS4 and Xbox One

The Rust Beta continues into April following huge demand from PS4 and Xbox One gamers and plenty of anticipation building for the final launch.

The console beta launched earlier in 2021, with an increasing number of players asking for codes. The bad news is that the development team are not planning on adding to the current numbers of players who have access.

But for those who are enjoying the survival sim, more time is being added to the Rust beta, which will make it easier to wait for the final release date.

The good news is that the Rust console beta will be continuing into next month, with the end date now set for April 5.

A message from developers Double Eleven reveals: “Thanks to all of you, we have a much clearer picture of how the game behaves when it hits high player counts, as well as what we need to do to support a large player base trying to connect at the same time.

“We didn’t expect to hit more than twelve thousand concurrent players during this test, but it happened, and we are very happy with the results.

“We’ve also learned that some of the features didn’t work properly and needed some minor adjustments. The team will keep working on those, as well as introducing new ones that we plan to have implemented before we release the game this Spring.

“Overall, the community has shown immense love and support for the game, and we understand the huge responsibility we have on our shoulders and how important it is for the community that we present the best possible version of Rust Console Edition once we release it. This is why we are going to extend the Closed Beta period for one more week.

“We want Rust Console Edition to be the best game it can possibly be, so by extending the beta; we should be able to get some more valuable information and work on even more improvements.”

It’s been a big week for gamers waiting on the final Rust release date on PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

It has now been confirmed that the Rust console edition will be launching on May 21, 2021, on PS4 and Xbox One.

Unfortunately for gamers who own the PS5 and Xbox Series X, there will be no optimised launch in May for Rust on those consoles.

This means that Rust will only run to specs fixed for last-gen consoles, with a statement from the development team adding:

“To accommodate the game on these systems, some light optimisations wouldn’t cut it! So the team needed to rip apart and rewrite major engine subsystems within Unity. Some of the systems we designed and refactored helped us a lot, improving the performance of the game over on consoles.

“Another big issue was loading time. When we first had Rust up and running on console, the initial load took up to 45 minutes to read and decompress the enormous procedural map and its assets into memory.

“We implemented a whole new bootstrap system, capable of loading multiple Unity scenes and asset bundles simultaneously, and in a manner more suited to the mechanical hard disks of these machines. After a lot of work, the game now loads in around one minute give or take.”

More news is expected to be shared by Double Eleven and Facepunch Studios in the lead-up to the PS4 and Xbox One launch.