Beta testing for The Showdown Effect, the forthcoming multiplayer 2.5D bullet-spewing engine of chaos from critically acclaimed developer Arrowhead Game Studios, begins today. Those who pre-ordered the game will be granted instant access to the Beta test and those who sign up at http://beta.theshowdowneffect.com/ will be gradually invited to do battle with everything and anything they can get their hands on.
Players who pre-order The Showdown Effect will also receive bonus toys, including a new weapon skin, allowing them to wield the deadly Fusion Saber of Light. For those with the guts to pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition, those bonuses will also include two more weapon skins, two bonus outfits including a Magicka robe, and even a free copy of Magicka - suitable for playing, or for gifting an unsuspecting foe right in the face.
The ESRB has not issued a rating yet for this title, which is expected out in early 2013 for PC.