Defiance launches on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on April 2, but prior to that, developer Trion plans to run one last beta test, including – for the first time – Xbox 360 and PS3. The beta runs the weekend of March 22, starting at 8am PT (11am ET) and concluding on March 24 at 9pm PT (12am ET, March 25).

The final beta opens up the Mt. Tam and Madera regions to players, with co-op battles on Angel Island and the Cronkhite Bunker available. Competitive multiplayer may also be sampled on the Freight Yard and Observatory maps.

Trion is stripping the NDA for this last beta test, so feel free to upload gameplay videos to YouTube, you crazy game streamer you. Expect invites to go out next week, though Trion is guaranteeing beta keys to all who pre-order Defiance from here on out.
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FINAL DEFIANCE™ BETA EVENT DATES FOR PC AND CONSOLES ANNOUNCED

NDA to be lifted from Defiance Advanced Mission Beta 3 on March 22nd


REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – MARCH 13, 2013 – Defiance™, the highly anticipated online open-world shooter from Trion Worlds, will enter its third and final PC beta phase on March 22, starting at 8:00 AM PST, and ending on March 24 at 9:00 PM PST. For the first time, on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, console gamers will get the chance to experience a taste of the massive co-op boss battles and fierce multiplayer gameplay that takes place across this evolving sci-fi universe. Specific details for the beta phase on each platform will be included in official invitations that are scheduled for distribution next week.

Participants in Advanced Mission Beta 3 will get to play as Ark Hunters. Genetically enhanced with unique abilities and armed to the hilt with a variety of unique alien and human weaponry boasting thousands of upgrade options, Ark Hunters are fearless operatives who scour the Earth competing for alien technology against all odds for vast rewards.

The final beta, which is not representative of the final game, will let players explore the Mt. Tam and Madera regions with co-op battles on Angel Island and the Cronkhite Bunker. For Ark Hunters looking to test their might in some competitive multiplayer action, the Freight yard and Observatory will provide opportunities to prove themselves worthy of Von Bach Industries' recruitment.

Thanks to a partnership with Dodge, Trion revealed last week that players pre-ordering Defiance will also get an exclusive in-game red Dodge Challenger at launch, in addition to the previously announced pre-order reward items. The Dodge Challenger is the fastest vehicle in the game and players in the beta will get to test drive it first by competing in the Dodge time trial challenge located in Madera.

Defiance is scheduled for release April 2, 2013, and is now available for pre-order. Players looking for a guaranteed invite to the final beta can get their key by pre-ordering now. PC players can now pre-order their copy of the game from Steam to get the exclusive Phoenix Sniper rifle as well as the red Dodge Challenger in-game items and other rewards at http://store.steampowered.com/app/224600.

Full pre-order details are available at http://www.defiance.com/pre-order.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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