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New MAG PS3 Beta Launches Today on PlayStation Store

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205w ago - Zipper Interactive's Jeremy Dunham has revealed that the new MAG PS3 Beta launches today on PlayStation Store.

To quote: All you have to do to participate is download it when it becomes available, put your MAG disc into the PlayStation 3, and start the beta client from the "Game" section of the XMB.

Please Note: You MUST have a MAG retail disc in your PlayStation 3 in order for the MAG Beta client to work

Once you've logged on to the server and your pre-existing MAG character has been copied to its universe (don't worry, the copy-over won't affect your main character), you can then access our beta server in two separate sessions per weekday – with each session lasting four hours apiece every Monday through Friday. Listed below are the session times for multiple time zones.

Session 1

• Hawaii: 5am-9am
• Alaska: 7am-11am
• Pacific: 8am-12pm
• Mountain: 9am-1pm
• Central: 10am-2pm
• Eastern: 11am-3pm
• GMT: 3pm-7pm

Session 2

• Hawaii: 1pm-5pm
• Alaska: 3pm-7pm
• Pacific: 4pm-8pm
• Mountain: 5pm-9pm
• Central: 6pm-10pm
• Eastern: 7pm-11pm
• GMT: 11pm-3am

We will limit the number of players...
 

MAG to be PlayStation Move Compatible, New PS3 Beta Program

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206w ago - Today Zipper Interactive's Jeremy Dunham has announced that MAG will soon be compatible with PlayStation Move, and he shared details on a new PS3 Beta program as follows:

If you're a fan of our massive 256-player first-person shooter, MAG, then today's news should be of great interest to you.

Truth be told, we have so many tremendous revisions coming to our "ever-changing global war" that it's almost impossible to tell you about everything we have planned in a single article... but we have to begin somewhere, and we're starting with PlayStation Move!

That's right, later this Autumn MAG will offer full compatibility with the PlayStation Move!

This added support means that users have another way to experience the most ambitious first-person shooter out there. Pinpoint accuracy and easy access to all of the game's mechanics ensure that players of any type – be they hardened veterans or new recruits – can enjoy a shooting experience unlike any other.

But PlayStation Move support isn't all we're working on. Because our upcoming content is so important to the game and its future, we want your assistance to make sure we get it right! With that notion in mind we're pleased to announce that, one week from today on August 24, we're inviting...
 

Zipper Interactive Compares MAG PS3 Beta to the Final Game

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235w ago - Zipper Interactive's Sr. Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has shared a detailed comparison today between the MAG PS3 Beta and the final game code.

To quote: January 26 is just one day away with MAG arriving on store shelves worldwide tomorrow and throughout the week.

Before you delve into your first "official" match between Raven, S.V.E.R., and Valor, though, we wanted to make sure that you knew two things:

What the differences between the Beta 5.0 and the final version are
How we implemented your feedback from the beta to affect the retail game on day one

First, let's talk about the differences between the final game and the beta you tried out a few weeks ago - the most obvious of which is the mode and map count. Whereas before, the Beta version of MAG only offered six maps and two modes, the retail version has a full five modes with 15 maps to play.

The final game also includes a handy offline training mode, unique armors, new cinematics, art galleries, trophies, and the always-popular Veteran Mode that lets you start all over again with a permanent XP bonus and the ability to switch your faction after hitting the level cap. Of course, graphical and audio improvements are in there too.

But our "out of the box" distinctions aren't...
 

MAG Beta 5.0 Statistics, No PS3 HDD Install Confirmed for Release

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237w ago - The MAG PS3 blog has unveiled Beta 5.0 statistics today, and [Register or Login to view links] has spotted an official [Register or Login to view links] from Sony's Jeremy Dunham that the release later this month (January 26, 2010) will not have a mandatory PS3 HDD installation required.

To quote: "I have a question, will MAG require a Mandatory Install or will it run off the disc?

Jeremy Dunham replied on January 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Ye olde disc."

MAG Beta 5.0 Statistics

Here's what we have:

• Before the end of the beta on January 10, there were well over a million downloads (860,000 in North America alone) of the MAG beta client worldwide.
• Of the 619,000+ people who gained at least one point of experience, 52,846 of them qualified for Squad Leader, 10,249 people qualified for Platoon Leader, 3,181 warriors made it all the way to OIC, and a mere 143 diehard soldiers made it to the level 60 experience cap.
• The breakdown of PMC preference ended up like this: Valor - 38.7%, Raven - 37.2%, SVER - 24.1%
• Who won the Beta 5.0 Shadow War? Despite their smaller...
 

MAG - Massive Action Game PS3 Beta Starts Today

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238w ago - Zipper Interactive Sr. Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has announced that the MAG - Massive Action Game PS3 Beta officially starts today, although many have commented (below) that they are currently experiencing server issues.

The good news? Sony say it is working hard to fix the issues, to quote from SCEE's Elliott Martin from the European PlayStation blog:

"We have seen a few connection issues today, which the team are working to resolve, so it's possible you may experience some issues connecting to games for the time being."

Welcome back from the holidays, [Register or Login to view links] fans! As we mentioned before we went on break, today is the day that our 100% free and open MAG Beta program kicks off on the PlayStation Network!

Hopefully, you've taken advantage of the head start we provided a few weeks back and already downloaded all the files you need so you can just log in and start playing the game immediately.

If you didn't get a chance to grab the goods quite yet, however, or are just now learning about the program for the first time, that's okay too - anyone can grab the MAG Beta and its files at any time between now and the end of the testing phase on January 10 at 11:59pm.

Here's a three-step refresher...
 
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