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ModNation Racers European Beta Incoming

Hi everyone. My name’s Liam and I am the European Product Manager for ModNation Racers! As promised last year I can now finally reveal the dates of the ModNation European Beta.

ModNation Racers

On the 22nd of January 100,000 of you lucky folks will be able to get your hands on this amazing Beta test. Jump, boost and drift your way around tricky racetracks, picking up weapons with every twist and turn in a battle to the finish line, then have a go at creating your own courses and challenge the world to race on them.

So how do you get hold of a place in the Beta?
Well just simply be one of the first to log on to the PSN store on Thursday 21st and download the Beta. Once Downloaded the fun will start when the lights turn green on Friday 22nd of January.

Is it free?
Well…. Ermmm…. Hmmmm…. How do I break this to you?
YES!

What happens if I’m the 100,001 person to get to the PSN store and try to download the Beta?
Sadly the tracks will be full of racers and you will be out of luck. The Beta will disappear in to PSN Store history vault.

What’s in the beta?
If you’re one of the lucky testers, you’ll be given the opportunity to race on four premade tracks; two of which are exclusive to Europe as promised.

You can also enter the Creation Station and design your very own character, kart and an alpine themed race track, ready to share with other Beta Trial testers.

ModNation Racers

When does the fun end?
Sadly all good things do come to an end. The Mods will be melted down, the karts will be dragged to the pit stop and the tracks will be condemned on Valentines Day February 14th.

Will I be able to look at kart racing games the same again?
Dunno you tell us….

So get ready to start your engines, grab that controller, make sure your PS3 is hooked up to the net (and its working) and get downloading, creating and sharing!

Be Good

NOTE: this ModNation Racers Closed Public Beta Trial is still a work in progress and is not representative of the final game.

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Cool, I want it!

 

First come first served i like that idea :D

Thanks i was only asked about this earlier today :)

godsgift1888 11 January, 2010 @ 4:04 pm   3

what about users who have the US beta when the EU beta is live will the US one still be live or will it only be us that will have access

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 4:20 pm    

    Hi Godsgift1888

    The US beta finished on Sunday! so only ours will be up and running later this month ;0)

 
richard4481 11 January, 2010 @ 4:05 pm   4

Sweet!!

 

Cool, Can’t wait! I better keep checking the store on that day then! :D.

 
addyjones1234 11 January, 2010 @ 4:06 pm   6

woop diddley woop wopp :D

when is the game out?

 
Mattiebo123 11 January, 2010 @ 4:06 pm   7

awesome :) hopefully i’ll be able to get it!

 
DiscoMcDisco 11 January, 2010 @ 4:06 pm   8

Region betas will be locked to each others regions i guess, so no playing EU to US… but who am i to comment…

Additionally though, I wonder whether the store is GMT or not… cos if so.. i’m gona be refreshing all the way till midnight to get this…

 
richard4481 11 January, 2010 @ 4:07 pm   9

godsgift you should know better ;)

 
commuterzombie 11 January, 2010 @ 4:07 pm   10

Awesome, might have to take the 21st off work…

 

“So how do you get hold of a place in the Beta?
Well just simply be one of the first to log on to the PSN store on Thursday 21st and download the Beta. Once Downloaded the fun will start when the lights turn green on Friday 22nd of January.”

What time are we talking about? Will it be available before 9am in the UK for example, some of us have got to work you know! Or will it not be available until the store updates, which is normally around 5pm anyway.

Knowing my luck it will updated in the middle of the day and will be snapped up before I get home from work, which is a shame as I was looking forward to trying this game (I’m thinking it will be a smash hit with my Nephews as their two favourite games are LittleBIGPlanet and Mario Kart!!!)…

 

So will it be there with the other store stuff that Thursday or what?
A hint would be nice ;-) (Or maybe it’ll be there 12:01 AM???)

 
betahoven 11 January, 2010 @ 4:09 pm   13

Suggest updating the store early that day if you don’t want loads of NA gamers downloading the client from the EU store.

 
GhostViper 11 January, 2010 @ 4:11 pm   14

Oh my. Luckly it’s a day of all thursday. So I’l be ready when the stores comes up.

 
Thesnipergecko 11 January, 2010 @ 4:12 pm   15

Not cool for people who are at work all day!

 
almighty-slayer 11 January, 2010 @ 4:12 pm   16

Already played the US one…Hmm

CloudStorm87 11 January, 2010 @ 4:14 pm   17

It’s about time!

I will checking the PS Store every 5 minutes on the 21st lol

nutbear96 11 January, 2010 @ 4:17 pm   18

Please! The PSN Store is getting really unreliable now! A couple of months ago (maybe 6 months) you could go on at about 3 on the update day and NOW it doesn’t update until about 8! Please just create a set TIME (not date) for the PSN Store update. And is it for all of EU? OR for each individual store (for each county)?

 
somethingatt 11 January, 2010 @ 4:17 pm   19

If I’m not fast enough to get into this BETA……Well…..

*shakes fist*

 

Nooooooooooooooooo… I’ll be away from my PS3 from 19 to 28 January. You can’t do this to me ;(

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 4:29 pm    

    Well Archonik,

    If you have your PSP connected and ready with remote play you can access the store, set off the beta download on your PS3 ready for when you get back…

    There’s a handy hint for you all!

 

definitely looking forward to this.. some good pedigree in this team!

 

Quote: “when the store goes update happens.”

Goes update happends?? LOL
Thanks for the quick reply, so sometime between 4 and 8pm on 21st then.

The_Shuffle 11 January, 2010 @ 4:33 pm   23

I have to say that in my opinion, this is a lousy way of releasing it. I know, I just KNOW that there will be a substantial amount of US gamers using EU accounts to get this.

On a sidenote, will I be able to actually play with my friends or is cross game world instances still blocked in the beta like I have read about happening in the US beta? It was one of the things I saw most complaining about, being randomly placed into different modspots than your friends every time with no way of joining them.

samich2007 11 January, 2010 @ 4:34 pm   24

Great Thanks! Can’t wait!

OK, so we’ll have to pester Mike to figure out what time the store update is gonna be happening on Thursday.

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 4:40 pm    

    Yep… However I will try to be online and tell you when it’s up too.

    Oh Exciting!

 
vherostar 11 January, 2010 @ 4:36 pm   26

Cool cannot wait for this :)

 

your RSS feed is really slow :/ i first got this update now, i thought i could rely on RSS so i wont have to have all the news sites open all the time but i guess not..

macbelonwu10 11 January, 2010 @ 4:43 pm   28

Thats not fair only 100.000 out of millions of EU PSN users!

 
GuttermouthSIN 11 January, 2010 @ 4:47 pm   29

Awesomme! I’ll be constantly checking the store on the 21st. How big will the download be?

 

Nice! I predict complete server massacre. :–D

 
makingdamage 11 January, 2010 @ 4:49 pm   31

Will the release of the beta crash the psn store on the 21st of January with all the people trying to download the beta when the store is updated? :P

I’m with makingdamage here, I predict the Store will be unreachable hours before the update with people checking whether the update is already online or not.

It’ll get the people buzzing about ModNation Racers that’s for sure, now it’s just hoping the game is worth it.

I’m curious as well, I’ll make sure I’m one of the people clogging up PSN’s servers.

 

@ macbelonwu10

100,000 people is a pretty good amount of people for the BETA. That is more than enough people to get an idea on server loads and how well the game will perform in Europe.

You’ll just have to be one of the first ones to get it from PSN.

Me, I work from Home and will definitely have this on my Calendar to download straight away. Looking forward to it.

With regards to the Beta though, is this locked to EU machines, or will the US be able to obtain the BETA as well as the Europeans?? Afterall, no point having the BETA if it’s not going to stress test the European side of things?

 

Yay :D

 
oskarochfilip 11 January, 2010 @ 5:03 pm   35

I’m so gonna get this beta! :D

GekooktEi 11 January, 2010 @ 5:05 pm   36

Ooh, the Store always updates in the late afternoon, so I’ll make a chance to get it. I always start refreshing the blog page 10 times a minute around 5/6 PM to await Mister Kebby’s post saying that the update is live :D

bennyboilu5 11 January, 2010 @ 5:08 pm   37

what so do you have to download it within the first 100,000 people or do you get picked randomly

 
SpiderMike_X 11 January, 2010 @ 5:08 pm   38

What’s to stop all the Americans logging on with their EU accounts and stealing from the 100,000 pot?

Deathvein 11 January, 2010 @ 5:09 pm   39

Too bad I’ll be in college.

Will there be a pre-release demo for ModNation Racers? The game looks good, but I’d rather try it before I buy it.

 

so will the creations uploaded get deleted and can we play with stuff that the US beta uploaded?

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 5:16 pm    

    Hi The Alp,

    After the betas are over, sadly all content is removed from the servers and disappear in to the PlayStation history books.

ninja_tom 11 January, 2010 @ 5:17 pm   41

Does modnation racers support remote play on the PSP?? That would be cool!

 

@Liam Quigley not as far as what i heard from the people in US beta

 

wait wait, isnt this a little unfair? the EU store isnt updated at the same time in each country. i think even the UK store has a slight advantage. in theory we all get the same content but some stores will update before others. i live in spain, and the uk store gets updated before ours.

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 5:36 pm    

    Hi Alex_dlc,

    I’ve been told by Mike, that there is a lag of about 5 minutes between all store updates. I think you will still get a place on this beta :P

 
VitalogyPJ 11 January, 2010 @ 5:33 pm   44

Why a limited number of betas? That’s so absurd. What other way to test out the servers then a ‘no number’ of people playing on them?

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 5:41 pm    

    Hi VitalogyPJ,

    The game is still in production and we need to run a number of tests, hence the beta. Opening up the beta to all registered users wouldn’t be fair on the development team and for you guys as the servers might constantly crash! We want you to have the best experience and get your feedback before we launch the game.

    Hope that helps

0:01 PSN will be out.

I’m almost sure.

 

@ Liam Quigley

LBP Beta there were a lot of great levels created and if I remember rightly, a lot of these although stored on the servers were actually brought over for the Retail release of the game because of all the time and effort that went into making, what were some really stunning levels and would have been a shame to have them just deleted.

Would it not be good practice to have levels that the End Users wanted taken over to the retail release of the game??
After all, it’s not like people spend all this time and effort testing for no rewards or at least to see there efforts make it into the final game.

Thanks for any replies I get. :D

    Liam Quigley 11 January, 2010 @ 5:45 pm    

    Hi Capeview,

    I completely agree with you. It’s something I will deffo ask the dev team as I want to see the best content live on.

    Hopefully everyone creates amazing race tracks, characters & karts and we see them live on when the game launches.

 

@VitalogyPJ

I doubt there would probably be over 100,000 at any one time playing Mod Nation racers on a regular basis and I would be quite surprised to see 1million Europeans on at the same time.

100,000 for a Beta is a pretty good amount of people, and I can see a lot of people getting the Beta that really want it. It’s just the Americans using there European accounts that you have to worry about. ;)

 

What’s the reason, that we won’t be able to play the race-tracks, which are made in the beta, in the final game?

I mean, LBP did it, and that worked out pretty good, didn’t it?
Well, people didn’t know the tools as well, but it was still pretty great having a lot of content at the ready at an instant!

Just consider it… For me? =D

 
dragonmagician 11 January, 2010 @ 5:45 pm   49

Does the beta ending February 14th mean that the release date is close to this date. I know Februrary is crowded, but I can always work some kart racing into my gaming sessions. I’m exciting.

 
SurrealNightmare 11 January, 2010 @ 5:45 pm   50

Is this the only way of securing a place in the beta?

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