The Crysis 3 open multiplayer beta will begin on January 29 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, EA and Crytek have announced.

The beta includes two team-based modes and two maps, and will be available until February 12.

"With Crysis 3 we are delivering the deepest, most robust Crysis multiplayer experience yet," said Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek. "We have listened closely to our fans and have evolved the multiplayer in Crysis 3 by adding a host of new gameplay features including the unique Hunter mode, deadly new weapons like the Predator bow, deeper loadout and unlock options, enhanced upgrade systems and more social features like the New York Feed. Top it all off with the ultimate weapon in the Nanosuit and you have a multiplayer experience that is unlike anything else out there."

In Crash Site mode players must secure and defend specific locations, earning points along the way for kills and their ability to hold those locations. Hunter is a time based mode which pits two players vs. ten (two vs. 14 on PC) in matches that begin with two cloaked hunters stalking 10 opposing CELL troopers.

The Airport and Museum maps - two of the twelve to ship with the game - will be featured in the demo. The demo also includes the New York Feed, a brand new in-game social feed that will showcase the accomplishments of gamers and their friends while offering dynamic challenges to complete.

Crysis 3 will be released February 21 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Source: Press release