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Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta kicks off next week

Get early access to DICE's shooter from September 27

The Battlefield 3 multiplayer beta is set to commence on September 29, EA has announced.

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The beta will be available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Gamers who pre-order the digital PC version of the game from Origin and all customers that pre-ordered the limited edition of Medal of Honor will be granted early access to the beta beginning on September 27.

Here's the official word:

The beta is set in Paris on the Operation Metro map, where players work their way from lush parks on the outskirts of the city to a dark, bombed-out metro station, to the vibrant streets around the Paris stock exchange.

Two elite tactical units square off in the series' popular Rush Mode. One side takes the offensive by attacking M-COM stations while the opposing squad defends and protects.

Gamers in the beta can also log onto Battlelog, the game's free social media network that allows gamers to communicate and compete with friends, track their stats and share their progress. Battlelog extends the in-game experience to be accessible anywhere, whether on a PC, console or handheld device.

Players are also invited to join the EA Gun Club for the latest shooter news, and to receive in-game benefits including access to the M1911 pistol and distinct badges in Battlefield 3. The M1911 pistol will also be available to registered Battlefield veterans.

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Yesterday EA launched the first official, full-length Battlefield 3 Xbox 360 gameplay trailer, showing off the Operation Guillotine mission.

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