Battleforge open beta begins

Card-shuffling, RTS free-for-all.

EA's genre-spanning strategy title BattleForge has just entered the public beta stage.

It's a chimeric beast, with a real-time strategy core, but fought with custom armies built from decks of digital cards that are traded online by an MMO-style community. It'll feature single-player as well as co-op and versus online modes, plus guilds, marketplaces and auctions in an attempt foster the trading community vital to its success.

Signing up to the beta will grant access to all 200 of the in-game cards, as well as every map and an upgraded unit card should you then go on to purchase the game.

All sounds quite experimental to us, why not have a look and decide for yourself? The full game is due on PC on March 24th.

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