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Killzone 3 beta notches up 58m kills

Two players pass 1 million XP.

The Killzone 3 beta test has witnessed 58 million kills racked up in more than 350,000 games, Sony has revealed.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, half a million users have appeared on the game's leaderboards, two of whom have somehow managed to break the one million XP mark.

All this virtual violence has been a huge help to developer Guerrilla Games, Sony insisted, highlighting a number of problems that to be addressed.

High level issues discovered:

  • Connection problems
  • High load caused the database to fall over
  • Score posting
  • Flickering screens
  • Ribbon stats not updating
  • Vulgarity filter

Solutions underway:

  • Guerrilla has already released a patch, which is live at the time of writing.
  • Guerrilla has made improvements for the server connection issues. The server was brought down and put back up for that on Monday, 7 February 2011.
  • The problems with the filter should be fixed now.
  • Guerrilla will continue to update the servers and patch the Beta if needed and are watching your feedback closely on Killzone.com.

"We are happy that we are encountering these issues now, during a Beta, instead of after launch," explained a Guerrilla spokesperson. "This will help us get ready for the huge amount of people that are expected to go online at launch."

"This Beta also gives us the opportunity to change Killzone 3 based on feedback that we get. Although we've already gone gold, we can and will make server side adjustment to things like weapon damage, balancing issues etc. So this is not a demo; it is a Beta for us to test the game.

"Thanks for your continued patience and help in getting this tested properly."

Guerrilla's shooter launches on 25th February for PlayStation 3.

"Killzone 3 is a powerful, impressive game that sets an imposing standard for Sony's 3D, Move-enabled future output," wrote Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead in his 8/10 review. "It's just a shame that in doing so, it's lost just a little of what made the series stand out in the first place.

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