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The medieval fighting game Chivalry 2 will open its doors to everyone next week in a free open beta test that will begin on May 27th. The test will support full playback between PCs and consoles, with new maps, modes, customization options, and PC-only: the option to join special 1v1 "duel servers" where players can hone their skills or settle their meats.
Like the closed beta, the open beta will support battles of up to 64 players at a time, although 40-player servers for Team Goal mode will also be available for players who prefer a more "strategic" experience. Cross-play means that players can stab, cut, and hit each other regardless of the platform they are on, but it will also be possible to form groups based on the platform, allowing for a kind of faction game. where you can fight for the glory of your chosen platform. (Tyler has played it hard and his opinion is that the mouse and keyboard are the best control systems. If he's right, we'll be in good shape.)
Chivalry 2’s full customization system will also be unlocked for the beta, allowing for extensive control over the appearance of your armor, weapons, and facial features, including a selection of scars and flaws.
We took Chivalry 2 for a walk in April and was found to occasionally get angry, but in a (mostly) good way. Developer Torn Banner Studios also said that the game as it was (and will be for the beta) could be very different from what it will be a year after release. “We know players will find things we didn’t realize, so we built the system to build the game so we can adjust all of those things,” President Steve Piggott told us. "We have a million different buttons and dials."
The open beta of Chivalry 2 will begin at 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ET) on May 27 and end at the same time on June 1, with the preload scheduled to begin on all platforms a day before. The beta will be free, but Xbox owners will need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to participate. Chivalry 2 is scheduled to launch in its entirety on June 8 at Epic games store.