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MAG Golden, Beta Goes Public Soon

It's one of the most ambitious and innovative titles of the generation and pretty soon, you'll be signing up to hit the biggest online battlefield ever.

Announced over at the PlayStation Blog, MAG has gone gold in North America, Japan, Korea, and the rest of Asia, which means it will be on store shelves as scheduled on January 26 in North America, January 28 in Japan and January 29 in Korea. The European version should land gold status within the next few weeks. Furthermore, the ongoing beta test that has remained private thus far will be opened up to all on January 4; it's the "100% open PSN beta." This means you won't need any special voucher code and it'll be worldwide, so there will be no territorial restrictions...and you know what? You can download it tomorrow here in North America! As of December 22, gamers here can download the MAG beta client by following these simple steps:

1. Log on to the PlayStation Store (tomorrow) and download the MAG Beta file like you would any other freely-available PSN video or demo (298 MB)

2. Launch the MAG Beta program from your XMB to download a special patch that will restart MAG once the update has been received (another 38 MB)

3. After the reboot, the beta will reconnect and download the actual game data so that you can play (1.8 GB – 2.3 GB depending on your region)

This public beta will run through January 10 so the holidays will be a perfect time to kick back and test out this massive online shooter. Some of you have already been able sample the game; we handed out 100 codes a few months ago and other sites also did code giveaways. But if you haven't been lucky enough to get in just yet, your wait for trying MAG is almost over...

Related Game(s): MAG

12/21/2009 12:29:27 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

convergecrew
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 12:46:33 PM
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I really want to try this, but theres no background downloading for the 2GB game data download..I guess ill just leave the PS3 on overnight to DL...

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www
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:40:39 PM

That's the MAIN cause of me not being interested anymore! Its even about 3GB. I had the beta code from Sony a long time ago but never tried it!

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Odd Child
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:01:05 PM

Took me awhile to download. The other problem is that the hours they offered I never got a chance to play. And even when I tried during there "hours" there server was offline.

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:01:00 PM
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When the first wave of beta invites went out it took forever to download that 2GBs of data.

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Xra897
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:16:15 PM
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omg this is awesome. The size doesn't mind me when you download 6-8gb HD movies off PSN, so its all coo.

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YesterdysRising
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:24:47 PM
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I've been in the beta and I've tried it out a few times and it's just not fun to me. I love shooters but I just can't find anything to really like about this one. I was really looking forward to it but I think I'm gonna skip this game. Oh well.

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bigrailer19
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:26:06 PM
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you should be fine... i ust downloaded it when i pre-ordered from gamestop and it took only bout 2 hours i believe, not real sure now that i think bout it! ;)

anyways, i dont know if this game is my cup of tea, there is too many people and not enough to keep everyone occupied from what i seen in the beta, so everyone just ends up in one area killing eachother! and i wish i didnt have to respawn all the way at the back of the map everytime. Other than that its got great potential and with all that said it doesnt mean i dont like it, in fact i had fun with it! I'll most likely be picking this up day one!

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Random_Steve
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:31:59 PM
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to those who are in the beta now, do you, like in the trailer, split up into separate teams which carry out separate missions?

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bigrailer19
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 2:03:03 PM

honestly everyone just runs around! Half the people dont have mics. and with a game this large there needs to be communication which so far has none because many people as i said r just running around!

The biggest problem i seen was i thought the game was going to be so massive that there would be mutiple objectives being carried out at once. i.e. half your team must defuse a bomb while the other members blow up a truck to cause a distraction of sorts. this is not the case and everyone ends up in the same place and you can imagine how hectic that would be with 256 players on some maps. Really its fun though and if you have enough friends can be played in numerous ways. Its a great idea and is probably worth the pickup though!

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ohmikkie
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:53:58 PM

I would say normally about half ones squad work in a team usually. the rest just wonders off aimlessly.

To be honest if you have a good squad leader (with a mic) who set objectives you can really get a good game.

I've been in games where we are defending a bunker then the squad leader sends two or the squad mates with repair kits to repair the AAA, for instance.

This game and Battlefield Bad Company 2 will be competing for my play-time next year.

That Dust 514 sounds interesting too.

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oldmike
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 4:32:51 PM

this is a game that MUST come with a mic

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kevinater321
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:36:14 PM
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As long as they don't have certain times when the servers are online, that killed the last beta forme :( and it doesn't help that i suck.

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 1:40:17 PM
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This game looks like it'll be good. I might pick this up next month

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herukuti
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 2:00:19 PM
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i hated the past beta and will see if there were any changes made to the presentation; if not im glad i can skip it and maybe catch up on dragon age.

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Fane1024
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 2:52:11 PM
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If the game has already gone gold, how can this be a beta? ;P

Maybe they should call it a gamma.

I might check this out if my PS3 comes back to me before the gamma ends.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:15:00 PM

stress test for the servers

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BTNwarrior
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:25:52 PM

Your comment remined me about how Metal Gear Online kept getting pushed in America because everytime they launched it the servers would overload.

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BikerSaint
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:01:16 PM

Yeah, when I read that, I was wondering the same thing too.....

Now, I know that I'm not the sharpest tack in the bunch when it comes to being anything near tech savvy, but I always though "gold" meant that they were completely done with the game & were pressing it onto the final master disc just before re-sale.

And if so, then why is there still a beta getting ready to start when it's already golden in certain areas.
And why is it golden in some areas & not others??
Is it because of localization problems????

Just curious.....

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Fane1024
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:16:59 PM

I was just arguing semantics.

With today's patches (some on day one), this is still serving as a beta of sorts as well as a stress test.

That's why I suggested "gamma"; new phenomenon, new terminology.

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Juanalf
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:00:15 PM
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I can't wait for Zipper to be done with this crap so they can begin working on a "real" game.

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Mamills
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 4:00:14 PM
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MAG SUX
played the beta
killzone will own it

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goodgamer
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 4:14:01 PM
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i havent play this beta , but the squad system look like bfbc2 just in a smaler scale

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Oxvial
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 5:19:19 PM
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offtopic..buyed Bayonetta on Toys 'R' Us at 29.99 xD

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 6:37:00 PM

'bought' =D

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Oxvial
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 7:04:36 PM

siempre la cago con esa.

yep bought =S .

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 12:59:10 AM

lol sorry it's just i don't think i've ever seen someone write 'buyed' before, though i have heard it so it was kind of funny for me.

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Odd Child
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:00:06 PM

WOW what a deal online from there site it's $59.99

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johnld
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 7:28:46 PM
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i didnt mind the 3gb download at all but when i got there i only played 1 round. after that, i couldnt start a game because not enough people. Thats what i get for using the gamestop exclusive beta codes.

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Qubex
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 8:11:46 PM
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It will be interesting to experience MAG no doubt; but I am still far more interested in Bad Company 2 than MAG at this point. Maybe that will change.

Q!

"i am home"

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Jian2069
Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 10:49:08 PM
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definately downloading.

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___________
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 12:03:24 AM
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i really did not like the beta at all.
its so bloody boring.
because the maps are so bloody large your constantly tracking from one side to the other.
hope you like spending 10 minutes walking from your base to the objective because your going to be doing that allot!
why cant we have spawn points?
i have lost count the amount of times i have started at my base, tracked all the way over to the enemies base to blow it up, get there, get killed because im the only one there.
than i have to trek back all the way again.
that brings me to my next complaint.
MAG is a heavily eam based game, if your team does not do what there suppose to your going to be 1 extremley annoyed 2 bored because you keep getting killed and 3 fu**ed because you cant take down 128 enemies by yourself.
MAG heavily relies on teamwork which i like because its a war game, and thats what war is about.
but there is absolutely no mechanics there to force people to do what there suppose to.
i was constantly on the mic telling my team mates to go capture the objective.
so what do they do?
wonder off and shoot enemies.
HELLO A$$HOLES KILLING ENEMIES IS NOT GOING TO HELP US WIN THE FREAKING MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr playing MAG just makes me want to hop into the game and beat the living snot out of everyone!

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BG_921
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:21:30 AM

I know the feeling man, that is how almost every match I play on the Bad Company 2 beta goes. Instead of defending/attacking everything becomes a giant team deathmatch. But I haven't played the MAG beta, but I will definitely take your word on that.

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___________
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 6:29:41 AM

definetley give MAG beta a shot once its out.
if you find the right people it can be a fantastic experience.
MAGs is a type of game you have to play with friends, rely on the public and it will destroy your experience.
ill give this beta a try to see if they have changed anything.

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convergecrew
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:12:10 PM

Sounds like its made for the hardcore fanbase ala Socom--taking the goods and bads along with it.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 1:37:37 AM
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Battlefield Bad Company 2 is much better. The waiting times to respawn with your team is like up to 30 seconds long sometimes. The graphics are ok though. I mean what do you expect the graphics to be with that many people in the game?

BUT you die fast and it takes FOREVER to respawn. With that many peeps it is hard to stay alive sometimes, lol.

Oh yeah, this game is designed for LARGE SCALE COMBAT. What do you think is going to happen when you cant get enough to play? Pure BOrdem. IT happened in beta.

This is what killed Dark Age of Camelot. It was designed for large scale war and when the game got a few years older and peeps started leaving, the battles started sucking.

MW2 and BF for me.

End of Line.

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___________
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 6:32:35 AM

pure bordem?
HUH!
play the 256 matches and you certainly will not get bored, it gets quite chaotic at times.
MAG is absolutely MASSIVE and i am never more than 2 steps away from a enemy.
some of the smaller games can get boring, like the ones where you have to capture 2 vehicles can be a little dull but 99% of the time its extremley frantic.

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 6:46:13 AM
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Yussss. Now we can get some real matches with friends instead of idiot randoms ;)

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