The multiplayer mode from PlayStation3 flagship shooter Killzone 3 will be released as a free-to-play download via the PlayStation Store from Feb 28 onwards, one year after the original game's debut.
The free trial lasts as long as players want it to but prevents them from passing the rank of Sergeant I, ten of a possible 45 ranks into the online progression system.
Those who decide to stick with it and lay down US$15 (RM30) can continue to climb up the ladder, practise in the Botzone training mode, and set up their own custom gametypes and clans for their friends.
While many game demos allow some access to online multiplayer - Syndicate, Dungeon Defenders, Driver: San Francisco to name three recent examples - it's rare to see that component integrated so fully into the retail game as is the case here.
Instead, Killzone 3's multiplayer relaunch resembles more closely the free-to-play shooters common on home computers, combining free access with incentives to pay up further down the line, as seen in Team Fortress 2, Battlefield Heroes, Arma 2: Free and Combat Arms. - Relaxnews 2012