The test will include two team-based modes (Hunter mode and Crash-Site mode) and two different maps. The beta will last for two weeks, leading right up to the week before the launch of Crysis 3 on February 19.
"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."
The "New York Feed" Yerli mentions is an in-game social feed that lists the achievements and milestones of gamers and those on their friends list. It also offers "dynamic challenges to complete," according to Crytek.
Accompanying the announcement is a new Crysis 3 trailer showcasing the game's trademark Nanosuit. The Nanosuit itself will, evidently, be playing a large part in the game's story as well as its gameplay.