Competitive multiplayer has always been the core of the SOCOM franchise, and SOCOM: Special Forces takes it further than ever before with modes and options that both new recruits and veterans alike will enjoy. We’ve previously covered three of our four competitive modes — Suppression, Last Defence and Uplink — and today we’re excited to unveil our fourth mode, Bomb Squad.
In Bomb Squad, Insurgents have planted a number of bombs around the map and the Spec Ops team must defuse them all before time runs out. What makes Bomb Squad special is that it features the unique Bomb Technician character, played by one member of the Spec Ops team, who is charged with defusing the explosives. He carries both an automatic shotgun and a mobile grenade launcher and is very heavily armoured, making him a deadly force on his own; that said, the technician is still an open target any time he turns his back to defuse Insurgent bombs. Succeeding in Bomb Squad requires tactics, teamwork, patience and confidence to get the job done, all pillars of the overall SOCOM experience.
When can you get your hands on Bomb Squad, you ask? Well, you’ll be able to try out all four of our modes on two maps in our upcoming beta! The SOCOM: Special Forces Beta will include each of the game’s competitive multiplayer modes — Suppression, Last Defence, Uplink and Bomb Squad — all playable on the maps “Port Authority” and “Assault & Battery”. And of course, you’ll be able to play each of our modes in either of their Standard or Classic variants with either the PlayStation Move controller or the traditional Dualshock controls, in addition the Beta supports 3D as well!
The SOCOM: Special Forces Multiplayer Beta will roll out in two separate phases. It’ll begin with PlayStation Plus subscribers and then it will be available to download from PSN store for everyone! Here’s the schedule for PAL regions.
- Beginning March 23rd, PlayStation Plus members will gain access to the beta.
- Starting April 6th, the beta will be freely downloadable to anyone via PlayStation Network.
The beta is scheduled to run until April 13th, at which point the servers will be taken down in preparation for the games release.