SOCOM fans take note: picking up a specially marked copy of Killzone 3 in February will grant you early access to the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta. Sony has made this official today, announcing that copies of both the regular edition of Killzone 3 and the Helghast edition will sport SOCOM 4 dog-tag promo stickers with download vouchers waiting within.
The only bad news here is that the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta will not be live on the same day that Killzone 3 launches — February 22, 2011. But the download voucher inside with grant you access once the beta does pop out of the oven. Zipper Interactive’s Chris Roper elaborated a bit on the promo over at the official PlayStation blog, telling anxious gamers to keep an eye on SOCOM 4’s official website for concrete beta details once Killzone 3 releases.
“To find out when the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta begins, be sure to check back at SOCOM.com once you pick up your copy of Killzone 3, hitting shelves on February 22nd. We’ll have more information on the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta itself in the near future. For now, take a look at the callout for the beta on the awesome Killzone 3 box art!,” said Roper.
Here’s the official boxart for Killzone 3 (both standard and Helghast editions) with the special SOCOM dog-tag promo sticker, so you know what to look out for.