Darkspore open beta kicks off

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 29 March 2011 06:14 GMT

If you have a couple of days to devote to helping stress test Maxis’ RPG, hit up Steam and sign up for the DarkSpore open beta.

BigDownload reports the beta will be free to download and play for all Steam account holders.

Four player co-op and two competitive match modes will be available – one on one, and two on two.

This is quite a short one, with EA planning to slam the doors shut on April 1, so get in quick.

Further beta tests were announced earlier this month after a release delay.

Darkspore is an action RPG strategy hybrid built on the Spore engine, and will launch for PC on April 26 in the US and April 28 in Europe.

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