Naughty Dog officially announces 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' multiplayer open beta

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An image showing “Uncharted 4’s” protagonist Nathan Drake swinging through scaffolding

Developer Naughty Dog has officially announced the multiplayer stress test for its upcoming action-adventure shooter “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” The multiplayer open beta will be held this weekend.

Gaming site Eurogamer first spotted a download client for the beta in the European PlayStation Store on Monday, Feb. 29. Now, Naughty Dog has confirmed the beta will be available to gamers in North America as well.

“We need your help to do all we can to have a smooth launch of our online Multiplayer mode,” Naughty Dog’s Lead Game Designer Robert Cogburn says in its announcement at the US PlayStation Blog. “We will be hosting a Multiplayer Stress Test this weekend where the goal is to get as many people as possible playing in the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer mode to test our networking, our matchmaking, and more.”

The “Uncharted 4” multiplayer stress test will start on Friday, March 4, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific and end on Sunday, March 6, at 11:59 p.m. A PS Plus subscription will not be necessary to access the beta to allow for as many players as possible to participate in the upcoming beta.

The open beta promises to give gamers “a taste of the Uncharted 4 multiplayer action ahead of Nathan Drake’s upcoming adventure.” Naughty Dog will grant beta participants access to three maps where gamers can play team deathmatch. The maps are based on the single player campaign.

Previously, the game’s beta was limited to those who bought the “Uncharted 4: Nathan Drake Collection.” Apparently, that restriction has been lifted and now the “Uncharted 4” multiplayer beta is already available for download to anyone interested.

Naughty Dog will also be hosting a couple of live streams over at its Twitch channel on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific. Those interested can tune in during those times.

“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” has been delayed yet again. The game is now scheduled to release on May 10.