Marvel’s Avengers BETA dates and content announced

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What to expect from the Marvel’s Avengers BETA weekends

Over the course of the next month, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will be hosting multiple BETA weekends for Marvel’s Avengers. During today’s WAR TABLE, details for beta were shared, including dates, platforms and the actual content you’ll be experiencing ahead of the action-adventure game’s launch in September.

For starters, there will be three separate BETA weekends in August, each with varying levels of restrictions.

The first will take place next weekend and run from August 7-9. Dubbed the “PlayStation Advantage Pre-Order BETA,” this first beta will only be available to those who have pre-ordered Marvel’s Avengers on PlayStation 4. Pre-load will be available on August 6.

The second beta — “PlayStation Advantage Open BETA & Xbox/PC Closed BETA” — will be held the very next weekend from August 14-16. As the name suggests, this will be open to the entire PlayStation 4 community regardless of whether or not you have pre-ordered the game. For those of you on Xbox or PC, you will be required to pre-order the game if you want to get in on this beta. Pre-loading will begin on August 13.

The third and final beta is the “Open BETA for All” and runs from August 21-23. This will be open to all players on all platforms with no pre-order restrictions. Pre-loading will open up on August 20.

As for the contents of the beta, it appears it will be the same throughout all three weekends. The good news is that there seems to be a good amount of stuff to do; a mix of single-player and co-op missions, hero and world progress, and more.

It will begin with the 20-minute A-Day Prologue Mission, which is the one set in San Francisco that takes place primarily on the Golden Gate Bridge. This will serve as a tutorial of sorts, introducing you to the various heroes including Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Kamala (aka Ms. Marvel). While each of the character’s has three skill trees in the main game, only one will be open in the beta.

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After the prologue, you’ll be able to access the War Table and jump into two single-player missions, featuring Hulk and Ms. Marvel. Once you complete this, the beta opens up even further into various co-op activities (also playable solo with AI). These include HARM Rooms; wave-based challenges of which there will be three available in the beta with escalating difficulty; Warzones, dungeon-like missions (five available in beta); and Dropzones, shorter, more-focused missions. Each of these activities will take between 10 minutes and two hours to complete, so there certainly seems to be more than enough to keep players engage throughout all three beta weekends.

While Thor and Captain America are playable in the prologue, only Iron Man, Hulk, Kamala and Black Widow are able to be played in the other various activities. You’ll have access to their starting Skill page and be able to reach Hero Level 15 and Power Level 45 in the beta.

Participating in the beta and completing the different activities will reward you with special in-game Nameplates. Perhaps more important than anything, these BETA weekends will give players a chance to experience Marvel’s Avengers ahead of launch.

Despite the hype surrounding Marvel’s Avengers, there’s also a bit of trepidation. No one really knows what to expect from this game in terms of the gameplay and how in-depth the various systems and mechanics go.