Surviving the Killzone: Mercenary Multiplayer Beta, Out August 20th

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Surviving the Killzone: Mercenary Multiplayer Beta, Out August 20th

We’re just a few weeks away from the launch of Killzone: Mercenary, but gamers won’t have to wait that long to cut their teeth on Mercenary’s impressive multiplayer suite. The team here at Guerrilla Cambridge is expanding the multiplayer beta to give the servers a good test before Mercenary launches on September 10th in North America for PS Vita.

For North American users, the Open Beta for Killzone: Mercenary will be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers on August 20th (after the Store update). Those of you who went out of your way to acquire special beta access vouchers — Perhaps through a certain promotion on PS Home? — will also be granted early access!

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Then, on August 27th (after the Store update), the beta will open up further to become available to all North American PS Vita owners, coming to a close on September 3rd.

Surviving the Beta

Mercenary boasts a number of unique modes, innovative gameplay mechanics, and introduces a daily ranking system to make Mercenary the most advanced, addictive multiplayer experience on PS Vita.

What You Should Know:

  • All money earned playing the game, in any mode, can be used to purchase new weapons and equipment from Blackjack (arms dealer). These purchases can then be used in both the single-player campaign and the multiplayer suite.
  • Once campaign missions have been completed, they can be replayed with additional contract objectives. These challenge contracts provide a set of objectives based around Covert, Demolition, and precision play-styles. They’re also a great way to earn V$.
  • Each campaign mission contains six pieces of Intel to retrieve. There are two ways of retrieving Intel: interrogate captains (marked on radar) or hacking Intel terminals. Collect all six pieces of Intel to unlock bonus Valor Cards for your Valor Collection.

The Valor System

The Valor system operates by assigning each member of the Killzone: Mercenary community a Valor Card. Your Valor Card represents your earning ability in the game, with Ace being the highest rank and Two being the lowest. You will be issued a new Valor Card once every 24 hours. Your new card will be based on your recent earnings compared to all other players. This means that the value of your card can go up as well as down!

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In multiplayer, players will drop an instance of their Valor Card when they die. This card can then be collected for bonus V$, and the higher the Valor of the card, the greater the reward. The suit of a players Valor card represents the weapon type they have been using. To change suits a player must make consecutive kills with a specific type:

  • Clubs – make seven consecutive kills with an assault rifle or LMG
  • Hearts – make five consecutive kills with a secondary weapon
  • Spades – make three consecutive kills with a sniper rifle
  • Diamonds – make four consecutive kills with an SMG

Valor Cards collected in multiplayer and campaign (through retrieving Intel) are placed into your Valor Collection. Your Valor Collection is represented as a pack of cards and by making “hands” (four of a kind, flush, full deck) you will gain large V$ rewards.


When using sniper rifles, you can change the zoom magnification of the scope by dragging up and down on the rear touch pad when aiming down the sight.

Killzone Mercenary on PS Vita

VAN-Guard capsules are regularly fired into multiplayer maps and some single-player missions. These capsules contain a single-use VAN-guard that the player can deploy.

Most touch controls are also mapped to physical buttons:

  • Switch weapon = d-pad right
  • Deploy VAN-Guard = d-pad left
  • Grenade = d-pad down
  • Interact = press Triangle
  • Sprint = tap Circle when moving

The only enforced touch screen interactions are for Brutal Melee, hacking, levers, and some VAN-Guards.

Good Luck

The team at Guerrilla Cambridge put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make Mercenary’s multiplayer package the most advanced experience to-date on PS Vita. We’re very excited for launch, but we think the Open Beta will definitely hold you over until September!

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  • To add on to that….

    KZM releases September 10th in the US….the NFL season begins September 5th. Air those commercials during Week One football games and guaranteed exposure to millions of your target market!

  • + xClayMeow on August 16th, 2013 at 3:02 pm said:

    They definately need to advertise this, people can stop being soo surprised when they see me play it!! I loves my Vita *hugs

    + smoothboarder540 on August 16th, 2013 at 2:59 pm said:

    Probably looking at 2-3.5 gigs. Closer to 3 gigs is what I would guess.

  • smoothboarder540 it’s 1757mb. This is the best first person shooter i’ve played. The day I downloaded the beta and played it I went to Best Buy and put $40.00 down and reserved it. I WILL become addicted to this game on day 1. Good luck everyone. Game on!!!

  • + BattleCat20029 on August 16th, 2013 at 3:17 pm said:

    Ohhhh yeah, duh. I thought he was talking about the full game. Not the MP beta.

  • am I the only one with no PlayStation +

  • Can’t wait to finally check out Killzone on the PS Vita! I hope that there is a price drop and a bundle so people start picking up Vitas :)

  • This game just keeps looking better and better! Got this game on preorder. Can’t wait to try out the beta on the 20th.

  • my call of duty is pissed off that its kicking me off matches (because i pre-ordered it ) well its still worth it beta coming out woo-hoo

  • yay for being a plus member :)

  • I want to play the open beta so bad…………
    Anyone who got the code from PS Home and is a plus member PLZ send me code as you won’t be needing it !

  • So anyone who want to give me a code PLZ add me we will play open beta and full game togther! !
    I am huge fan of FPS online multiplayer and will be playing Mercenary Everytime, bye Resistance Multiplayer!
    And Everybody Fell free to add me if you want to loose your money in mercenary with Me!

  • The question is will i be able to stop playing Killzone Mercenary on my vita when Killzone Shadow Fall is released on PS4? I wish KZ Mercenary came out months earlier than the Sep release date so i could give it the full attention that the game will deserve.I guess i shouldnt complain :-)

  • How much memory will the beta take up?

  • So glad to play the Beta Hopefully.

  • Well that Home thing was useless. Any ways I now have an extra code since ill be getting it with PsPlus so I might just give it away online. that is if i don’t find someone that wants it around me.

  • plz i hav a doubt. will this beat be available in UAE and do i need a code for this?
    plz answer!

  • i am kindly asking u if u can give me a beta code if u hav. and plz give it me in here the ps+ card too expensive. So i kindly request u to give me a code.
    Whoever gives the.. GOD bless you.

  • Does anyone know if there is botzone in this game like KZ3? Or ad-hoc matches?

  • Just hope there is clan feature and tournaments like the other killzone games.

  • Btw what gun is that helghast holding in the first pic

  • I hate to beg but does anyone have a spare beta key from the pshome e3 set? I had one but it ended up getting misplaced. Thank either way

  • Lol I Feel So Bad For The People Without The + Membership lol But luckily ill be playing the beta early.

    Add Me On PSN @Nofeelins18 Im definately gonna need some teammates on this game lol

  • Don’t Feel Bad For us is just beta :) September 3rd ill be playing D3 over KZ lol

  • Finally Plus Members get something worthy.

  • “Perhaps through a certain promotion on PS Home”

    Can someone tell me what the promotion in PS Home was and is it still available on Home? Was there any Home rewards for the promotion?


  • Oh, nevermind, it just occurred to me that we had an E3 Space on Home for a couple weeks. I was able to get the Home reward and I just remembered that I wrote down the psn code on a piece of paper…now I need to go find it! lol


  • Thanks Guerrilla that u put some interest in PS Vita, specially in PS Plus users!

  • So I’m a little confused. No where in the blog does it say they will be giving out codes to PS+ users.

    It does say, ” Those of you who went out of your way to acquire special beta access vouchers — Perhaps through a certain promotion on PS Home? — will also be granted early access!” though. Which sounds to me like those that aren’t PS+ users will be getting in using codes.

    Anyway, anyone know if PS+ subscribers will be getting codes, or just have access? I’m only wondering because I just got a code. I did apply for the early beta, but thought the one I applied for was last week, my email says the 20th.

    I guess I’ll try to access it on the 20th without the code, and if that doesn’t work I’ll use the code.

  • Man I can’t wait to play this. Been waiting for a good first person shooter, resistance wasn’t that bad but its wasn’t the best either. This game looks amazing as always with the Killzone franchise.

  • Can’t wait to try this beta out!!!!! … Having said that since you can earn money to buy more weapons and such in the game i wonder if players would be able to transfer all the contents from the beta to the full release copy of the game on September 10?

  • Greetings!!! Today I receive the Voucher Code for the “early access public beta for Killzone™: Mercenary” however the code seems to be invalid. Please, Could you verify the situation? Thanks a lot!!!

  • Game looks very nice, hope to see more soon. Sony does need to advertise more, like how they did back in the PS1 and PS2 day, no one outside of the hardcore PlayStation community, know anything about vita or its games, I am not trying to be negative, I just want you guys to succeed and do better.

  • i got mine through email too but you have to waite till the 20th thats when we use it like said on the email.

  • @83 ups…. my bad!!!!! hahahaha. I think i a little excited to download the client. Ignore the message! Thanks boombooomoooo.

  • And again plz can someone tell me what is the gun the helghast is holding in first pic is it new i never seen it before.

  • And I hope at gamescom they can confirm if there is clan support

  • Can’t wait! I love Vita!

  • i got a killzone mercenary voucher code from pshome and it did not work when i tried to reedeem it. it said this code is no longer valid are no longer in use SONY WHAT DO I DO

  • Ps plus rules

  • yeeaa!! I GOT A BETA KEY!! Also bought my pre-order too!! Can’t wait to play this game! It is SOOOOO AMZAGING!!

  • GoodeKillz on August 17th, 2013 at 2:57 pm said:

    i got a killzone mercenary voucher code from pshome and it did not work when i tried to reedeem it. it said this code is no longer valid are no longer in use SONY WHAT DO I DO

    To download the beta redeem the voucher code after the store update on August 20th.

  • Please send me a code I’ve been following this game since the it was announced as killzone with then ngp now ps vita. :)

  • Do you buy Killzone: Mercenary for the PS Vita? No! You buy a PS Vita for Killzone: Mercenary!

  • Can wait to play the beta !

  • I need a code help me out

  • is the code I got in an email yesterday for the ps plus access or do I just download the beta from the store like usual

  • This game looks incredible. After playing KZ3 and seeing the most graphically advance game on a console. I can’t wait to play this on my PSV day one.

  • I revived my beta code already… being able to play KZ MP from anywhere with a wifi connection sounds awesome! I can’t wait!

  • Not sure if anyone else had this happen too, but I received an open beta voucher for the 20th yesterday on e-mail, yet I’m not a PS+ member, and I didn’t participate in the special event either. I guess I got lucky or something.

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