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Battlefield 3 Beta and invite-only Alpha trial detailed

DICE lays out plans for Alpha and Beta trial periods for its upcoming shooter

DICE has detailed some of its plans for Alpha and Beta trials for its anticipated multiplayer shooter, Battlefield 3.


The lowdown is that there will be two trials; the closed, invite-only alpha trial for which you are able to register your interest, and a more open beta trial for those who purchased a beta-labeled copy of Medal of Honor or the Limited Edition version.

According to user comments below the official blog post, invites for the Alpha trial have already started arriving in email inboxes, so get with the plan pronto.

Here's the full Q&A direct from DICE for your eager perusal:

How can I get into the Alpha Trial?

It is a highly tech focused test period where the main purpose is to do a number of server related tests in preparation for game launch requiring a set amount of players online to ensure the final experience is as much fun and easy as possible.

Is this the Beta promised to buyers of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition?

No, this is an Alpha Trial, meaning this software is still not at the "Beta" development milestone. The Open Beta will start in September. The exact date for when Medal of Honor: Limited Edition players can join the Beta will be announced at a later date.

Can I join the Battlefield 3 Closed Alpha Trial?

The Alpha is a closed test and by invitation only. If you'd like to have a chance to be called upon make sure to register for our newsletter and ensure your Veteran status is up to date.
We are also not giving away keys to the Alpha Trial on any of our social networking platforms.

Recently a Medal of Honor: Limited Edition Beta newsletter went out to users. What is that all about?

Well, that newsletter says you are entitled to play the beta in September. It is however not a ticket or a code. If you purchased a copy of Medal of Honor with the Battlefield 3 Beta sticker on it, you are eligible for the Beta. If you have not received the newsletter, make sure you opt in on your EA Profile to receive them. Also, if you havent received the newsletter and own a copy of Medal of Honor: Limited edition, you are eligible to play in the beta.*

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[ SOURCE: Official site ]