The Chivalry 2 cross-play open beta will start on 27th May, Tripwire and Torn Banner Studios have announced. Players across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will all be able to dive in for some medieval battling and check out new content and features.
The open beta will start at 11AM EDT (4PM UK time) on 27th May, and run all weekend until 11AM EDT (4PM UK time) on 1st June. Eager great sword-wielding beavers will be able to pre-download the game, with the links going live at 11AM EDT (4PM UK time) on 26th May, the day before the beta gets going. The only prerequisite is that Xbox gamers will require Xbox Live Gold to play, while it will not require PlayStation Plus on the blue side of the fence.
This will be the final opportunity to play (and for Torn Banner to try and make sure their servers don’t fall over) before the game’s full release on 8th June.
Chivalry 2 has already run through several testing phases, with the most recent being the cross-play closed beta last month. Even if you played the closed test, there’s still plenty more to see in the open beta, with new maps, features and tweaks based off player feedback all rolled into the game.
- The Slaughter of Coxwell (New Team Objective Map): The Mason Order seeks to make a brutal example of the peaceful village of Coxwell after it declared support for Argon II. Burn the village, breach the gate, steal the gold, and kill the soldiers.
- The Battle of Darkforest (New Team Objective Map): Agathian forces lie in wait, ready to ambush the Mason army that marches forth to kill the Duke of Fogbern Keep. Destroy the barricade, push the convoy, capture and hold the gatehouse, and kill the Duke.
- The Siege of Rudhelm (Team Objective Map): After weeks of siege, Agathian forces begin a final assault upon a Mason stronghold defended by the Mason heir. Push the siege towers, capture and hold the gatehouse, burn the tents, push the siege ramps, capture and hold the courtyard, and take down the heir to achieve victory.
- The Battle of Wardenglade (Team Deathmatch/FFA Map): The armies of the Mason Order and Agathian Knights meet in an evenly matched open field of battle.
- Tournament Grounds (Team Deathmatch/FFA Map): Elite warriors of the Mason Order and the Agathian Knights fight for supremacy and adoration of the crowd.
- Free-for-All (New Game Mode): It’s you versus everyone else in this chaotic free-for-all frenzy appearing for the first time in the Cross-Play Open Beta.
- Full Customization (New for Open Beta): Customize your in-game appearance and unlock a wide variety of cosmetic options as you earn experience with each of the game’s four base classes and 12 sub-classes.
- Duel Servers (New for Open Beta): Available for PC only, players can choose to enter special servers set up for players looking to hone their 1-on-1 dueling skills with other players. Participants are asked to abide by the honor system and respect players aiming to focus on 1-on-1 duels.
- 64/40 Player Server Options (New for Open Beta): Experience the chaos of epic medieval battlefields, charge forth to the frontlines of battle, and experience true mass-scale combat supporting up to 64-players designed to capture the intensity and scope of “The Battle of the Bastards” from Game of Thrones. For players interested in more strategic battles requiring more communication and teamwork, options to join 40-player servers for Team Objective mode will also be available.
- Same Platform Parties (New for Open Beta): Players can now group up and form a party on the same platform before joining a Cross-Play match.
Jim played the closed beta in April, saying “Chivalry 2 has shot to the top of my must play list for this summer[…]. With plenty of classes and weapons to unlock, coupled with a steady drip feed of new content, hopefully the full game will go on to have a long tail, or at least enough of an active community to keep battlefields looking busy.”
Source: press release