174w ago - Today Ubisoft has announced the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Beta is set to launch exclusively on PlayStation 3 on September 13, 2010 alongside PS3 pre-order details.
The Brotherhood Beta will also feature new multiplayer content, and Ubisoft plans to use it as a stress test for the upcoming game.
To quote from IGN (linked above): "You may be wondering how exactly to snag one of these spots in the new beta. Well there's the cath. Entry in the beta is open to everyone who preordered the game through GameStop.
Beta keys will be released starting August 9, meaning that all those who preorder on or after the 9th will receive a beta token that grants them access to the beta, while seats remain.
Those who have already preordered may take their receipt into GameStop starting the 9th to receive a beta token.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood ships November 16, 2010."
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You are right. Sorry about that after reading the GameStop website, I can see where you are coming from. It appears that if you preordered online before seats run out you will receive a seat in the beta, with your code and redemption instructions emailed to you on September 10.
People who order in store will have a code and redemption instructions printed on their receipt, which I assume will mean that they can redeem the code on September 10.
However, what I believe IGN was referring to in relation to August 9 in their original article, is that starting that day, if you preorder you will have the code actually printed on your receipt, while if you preordered before you will not and will need to go into the store to get your beat token/code + redemption instructions.
Also, after checking GameStop it appears that the beta will run for 2 weeks (14 days), ending on the 27th of September.