On February 28th Sony will release the multiplayer mode of Killzone 3 as a stand alone product via the US PlayStation Store for $14.99.
The announcement comes via the US Official PlayStation Podcast (listen past the 10th minute mark) and therefore relates to the US market alone, but considering the first party status of the content, it’s fair to assume it will be available on the EU Store as well the day after, on February 29th, probably for £9.99/€12.99.
Interestingly, access to the Killzone 3 online warfare will actually be free, but you won’t be able to level up past a given cap until you make the purchase. Do that and the cap will be gone, allowing you to progress and unlock the extra weapons and abilities that eventually will make you actually competitive.
Even tho trial players will likely never stand a chance against the fully equipped opposition, they’ll apparently be able to check all the maps and game modes the game has to offer. On that point, it is yet unknown whether this multiplayer stand alone package will feature the Botzone, an offline mode included in the original full game which allows to play against the AI in any mode or map, while also granting access to any weapon and ability regardless of your actual level.
It goes without saying that, just like the full retail release, this multiplayer-only edition of Killzone 3 will feature Move and stereoscopic 3D support.
For more information about how Killzone 3 plays with the PlayStation Move (mind you it is still the best Move compatible FPS out there) and some tips for being competitive with it online, you might want check my original video analysis, which I’ve also embedded below.
In related news, next week the US PlayStation Store will also see the digital releases of the Move-required and 3D enabled action game Medieval Moves (already available on the EU Store since last November for £19.99/€29.99)
along with the Move-compatible and 3D enabled cooking sim Order Up!! (which is also scheduled for retail on the same date in US – the EU version was released last month) (Order Up!! was mentioned in the podcast among the retail releases, not the PSN ones. My bad.)