Codemasters has announced the official beta dates for
ONRUSH, its upcoming MotorStorm spiritual successor coming to Xbox One and
PlayStation 4 consoles on June 5th, 2018. The ONRUSH Open Beta goes live at 2pm
UK time on Thursday, May 17th and concludes on Sunday, May 20th at Midnight UK
time on both Xbox One and PS4.
However, those on Sony’s console can play ONRUSH even
earlier if they pre-order the game on PS4 digitally from the PlayStation Store.
Those who do will have access to the beta 48 hours early on Tuesday, May 15th –
allowing you to get in some practise before your mates have access. In
addition, those who pre-order the game from participating retailers – such as GAME,
Amazon, Tesco, and Smyths Toys if you're located in the UK, will also receive early
access to the ONRUSH Beta from May 15th.
The ONRUSH Beta features an “interactive tutorial” that
introduces you to the game’s chaotic action-packed mayhem and gets you to grip
with the controls, vehicles and their abilities. There’s also the ‘Superstar
Practice’ mode to enjoy in solo or co-op play with your friends where you can
hone your skills against AI competitors, as well as 6v6 online
For those who like capturing their favourite moments, Photo Mode
will also be included in the ONRUSH Beta, but this one is exclusive to the
‘Superstar Practice’ mode when playing in solo. Using the included “advanced
editing tools and filtering,” you’ll be able to bring your photos in ONRUSH to
life before sharing them online for the world to see.
Two tracks are included in the ONRUSH Beta, and these
include ‘Big Dune Beach’ and ‘Crater Lake.’ There’s also two unique modes –
‘Overdrive’ and ‘Countdown.’ These will feature a variety of weather conditions
and different times of day, and Codemasters says that these will be cycled
throughout the beta.
For those unfamiliar with the included modes, ‘Countdown’
pits two teams of six racers to fight for checkpoints as a 30 second clock
counts down. Whichever team member gets through the checkpoint first scores a
time bonus for their team, which adds to the reducing time. The first team to
lose all their time loses, and a point is awarded to the other team. The first
team to win two rounds wins the game.
Meanwhile, ‘Overdrive’ pits two teams of six players against
each other once again, but this time, players are tasked with scoring the most
amount of points by using boosts throughout the race – attained by crashing
into other players or smashing into the ‘Fodder’ AI vehicles. It can also be
attained for style, and by pulling off insane stunts, you’ll be able to fill up
your boost bar. The first team to win 3 rounds of this game are then deemed the
Four vehicle classes will also be included in the ONRUSH
Beta, and these are ‘Blade,’ ‘Vortex,’ ‘Interceptor,’ and ‘Titan.’ That’s half
of the total number of classes that will be found in the full game, and you can
learn more about their abilities, traits, and unique features in our previous
coverage dedicated to the vehicles of ONRUSH.
In a week’s time, fans will finally have their hands-on with
ONRUSH. Whether it’s from the early access period for those who pre-order the
game on PS4 from select retailers or those who participate in the stampede once
the beta rolls out for everyone on Xbox One and PS4 consoles, it’s almost time
to experience the chaotic, adrenaline-pumping fun of ONRUSH for yourself.
For those who’d like to know even more on ONRUSH, be sure to
check out our exclusive
preview including our hands-on impressions, as well as our gameplay
capture from the Xbox One X
version of the game, which features two distinct
modes – 4K resolution and 60FPS. We also recently learned about the Achievements
and Trophies that will be featured in ONRUSH, in addition to the Tombstones
featuring unique designs inspired by the community.
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