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Smite Xbox beta

Smite's Xbox One beta sign-ups are open


You smite have fun with it
Jan 06
You can now sign up for the Xbox One beta test of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios' third-person, mythological MOBA. I'd recommend it to anyone who's curious about the genre but can't seem to get into Dota 2 or League of Legends. Be su... read
Halo 5

Maybe don't spend $250 pre-ordering Halo 5: Guardians, okay?


It's a mystery box
Dec 29
There's a certain allure behind mystery boxes. What's in them? It could be anything. It could even be a boat; you know how much we've always wanted one of those. Well, Microsoft's offering a mystery box of its own today for p... read
Arena-based Halo is back, baby
When we reviewed Halo 4, we really liked it. If you were to ask me personally, I was not enthusiastic about the game at all. Campaign aside, the multiplayer clearly lost sight of what made Halo multiplayer so damn fun in the ... read feature

Coming your way soon
The Halo 5 beta is out for Xbox One preview accounts and select members of the press, and will be coming your way soon on December 29 if you are qualified. I...don't know how I feel about it yet, as my experience has bee... read feature

Play the game before your friends
Destructoid is giving away a bunch of Nosgoth closed beta keys! Nosgoth is a free-to-play multiplayer experience set in the Legacy of Kain universe, involving humans and vampires locked in a bloody struggle against one anothe... read feature

Transformers Universe

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO


Turning attention to its own properties
Dec 16
We never got a chance to see if there was more than meets the eye with Transformers Universe; Jagex and Hasbro shut down the free-to-play MMO today while it was still in beta. The move isn't entirely unexpected, as it may hav... read
Halo 5 beta

Remember the Halo 5 beta? It will launch with spectator options


Due December 29
Dec 12
Halo 5 looks damn good visually, but I'm a bit concerned in terms of the gameplay based on what I've heard so far. Thankfully I'll get a chance to try it out for myself later this month. Yep, the Halo 5 beta is inde... read
Black Desert

That Korean MMORPG with the spectacular character creator has the best smiles


Oh my god, this is great
Dec 02
Black Desert may never see a release in the West, but that's not going to stop me from geeking out over its extensive character creator, perhaps the best I've ever encountered. Actually, scratch that qualifier. Now that I've... read
Not my granpappy's Halo
I am not opposed to change. While certain circles of Halo fans find it popular to hate Halo 4, I've always appreciated what 343 Industries did with that game. Sprint was a logical next step to character movement, while loadou... read feature

Get an early shot at this hot new racer
Your old pal Mr. Destructoid has stuffed his pockets chock full of keys for The Crew's closed beta, and he's giving them out to his favorite community! (That's you, in case you were wondering.) To claim your key, just click the big button below! Then just head on over to this page and redeem it there for your console of choice (PS4 or Xbox One). The beta runs until next Monday. Have fun! read feature

Depth

The devil and the deep blue sea: Depth gameplay


I think the sharks may have the advantage
Oct 28
Digital Confectioners' gruesome shark-'em-up Depth has been high up on my list of most-anticipated multiplayer games for a while now. I mean, who doesn't want to assume the role of a great white shark and reduce their friend... read
GTA V

Rockstar: There is no GTA V beta


Just a bunch of phishing scams
Oct 20
Rockstar thinks that maybe you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. In fact, it's so steadfast in that mindset that it added a page to its site disclosing that those GTA V betas that people are signing ... read
Don't Starve Together

Klei has generated two million beta keys for Don't Starve Together


They'll be giving them out in waves
Sep 24
Don't Starve Together is a multiplayer expansion that's set to come to the base game in the future. In anticipation for the release, developer Klei Entertainment has generated two million beta keys. First up for the beta... read
PS3 streaming

PS3 users can mess around with PlayStation Now


5Mbps connection recommended
Sep 18
Did you spend any time using PlayStation Now on PS4? Too pricey? More of us will have the opportunity to test out the open beta for the streaming service now that it's available for PS3 "in mainland U.S. and parts of Canada."... read
Distance

Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall


They had me at self-regenerating, bifurcated cars
Sep 13
Seattle-based independent games studio Refract's experimental survival racer Distance will be coming to Steam Early Access this fall as an open beta. Until now, access to the futuristic arcade racer has been limited to a pri... read
Elite: Dangerous

Here's the digital goodies you'll get if you pre-order Elite: Dangerous


An extra ship? Sure, that sounds good
Sep 12
While there's no firm release date, you can pre-purchase a copy of Elite: Dangerous from Frontier Developments. To sweeten the deal, if you order now you'll get some digital goodies like an extra Eagle Fighter ship which sou... read
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control


It has 20+ modes, for reasons
Sep 10
As previously covered, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is a real game. It's not out yet, but it will be out on Steam soon enough -- an open beta is scheduled to go live on September 23. I was already toying around with the idea... read
Beta period lasts until September 11
Mr Destructoid has gotten his greedy little hands on some codes for the Spacecom beta, and he's decided to hand them out to the Dtoid community! (This is actually quite generous of our robot overlord. He normally eats things ... read feature

PvE Campaign Beta

Loadout devs tease update 5.0, PvE Campaign beta incoming


Four-player Campaign mode, rare in-game loot, and a new inventory system
Aug 27
Austin-based studio Edge of Reality has just recently announced that a new four-player PvE Campaign beta will be available prior to releasing update 5.0 for its twerktastic free-to-play competitive shooter Loadout.... read
Elite Dangerous

Watch this crafty space pirate avoid the cops in Elite: Dangerous


It's like Smokey and the Bandit meets Red October. In space!
Aug 26
Remember kids, crime doesn't pay. That is unless you find illicit liquor floating in space and decided to slowly sneak into a space station without the cops seeing you. In which case, it very much pays. YouTube user Isinona ... read
Grimrock 2 enters beta

Legend of Grimrock 2 enters closed beta, LoG coming to iOS


Staying the course, Grimrock 2 will skip Early Access
Aug 23
Almost Human games has recently announced that the sequel to its popular old-school dungeon crawler the Legend of Grimrock 2 is now officially in beta. Staying true to its word, LoG2 will be skipping Steam Early Access ... read
Pillars of Eternity Beta

Pillars of Eternity 'Backer Beta' available now for Windows


Well-heeled Kickstarter backers get an early glimpse of Obsidian Entertainment's RPG
Aug 20
If you ponied up the money necessary for the Pillars of Eternity Collector's Edition, then Obsidian Entertainment has great news for you! Available now, through Steam, these select few can download the "Backer Beta" for the W... read
LittleBigPlanet 3

You might have a LittleBigPlanet 3 private beta email in your inbox


Go check!
Aug 20
Over the past few days or so numerous PSN users have been reporting that they have been granted access to a special private beta for LittleBigPlanet 3. The invites seem to be rolling out for "creative" people who have previou... read
Destiny

Your Destiny beta character is gone for good


We're starting fresh for the final version of the game
Aug 11
Bungie has made the not-entirely-unexpected announcement that Destiny characters created in the game's beta will not carry over to the final version releasing on September 9, 2014. Here's designer Tyson Green explaining why t... read
Steam Beta

Which games are you hiding with the latest Steam Beta update?


Coping with bad decisions
Aug 10
Where do you hide your pile of shame? If you're anything like me it's probably along some dusty, untraveled road on a moonless night, a quart of Evan Williams in your coat pocket, your trusty shovel in one hand and a newly-pu... read
Bandai Namco

Namco's two-on-two fighter Rise of Incarnates enters open beta


May just have to check that out
Aug 08
Rise of Incarnates is that Bandai Namco fighting game that's supposed to be like the Gundam Vs. series but sadly, unfortunately, without any Gundams. If Steven hadn't previewed it, I likely wouldn't be aware it exists, but I ... read
Destiny

Destiny had the 'largest console beta ever' for a new IP


4.6 million unique players
Jul 30
Did you get in on the Destiny beta? I did, but only after access was opened to all. Managed to play for about an hour which, after the cut scenes and loading, wasn't enough time for me to get a true sense of how I feel about ... read
Destiny beta ends

The Destiny beta is gone forever, tell us your stories


Was it good for you, too?
Jul 28
The Destiny beta was extinguished late last night, leaving us with six long weeks to carry a torch for the shooter until Bungie rekindles the affair this September. "Your mission in the Destiny beta is complete," Bungie ... read
Destiny beta

Bungie has just opened the Destiny beta to everyone


Provided you have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold
Jul 24
So far, the Destiny beta's been gated off from the public-at-large. Well, sort of. A pre-order would grant you access, and registering your code would get you even more codes, so it wasn't too difficult to find a way in. As o... read
Beta back

Destiny beta is back online a day early, opened up for Xbox


Get in right now
Jul 22
Destiny's beta went down for maintenance yesterday. It was meant to come back on July 23, but it's back up right now, giving you something to do tonight. Me, I'm making ramen. Like, actual ramen, not an instant, 10 cent salt ... read
Destiny Beta

Bungie shuts down Destiny beta for a couple days


Make sure to return to the action Saturday for some special loot
Jul 21
You might want to cancel any plans you may have made to battle the Fallen over the next couple days, as the Destiny beta will be taking a respite until Wednesday.  "We are beginning the process of taking the Destiny beta... read
The Crew

Next week's PC beta for The Crew sounds fairly big


Roadtrip
Jul 18
Ubisoft's closed PC beta for The Crew will begin a couple days earlier than previously announced. It's now set to take place from July 21 - 25. What's going to be playable, exactly? A decent amount, considering The Crew's ma... read






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