MAG adds Move support, so much new stuff it's going back to "beta"

While Xbox 360 owners are busy petting their cute widdle tiger cub in Kinectimals and Wii gamers just keep doing the same basic arm swings over and over again, those with a PS3 will soon be able to use their motion controller to compete online in 256-player first-person shooter mayhem. Zipper Interactive, the development team behind the PS3's ambitious online shooter MAG, announced today that the game will be getting full support for PlayStation Move this fall. And there's more.

Above: We're not sure if the idea of motion controls in this game sounds exciting or incredibly exhausting

First-person shooters, though very few and far between, have managed to do well with the Wii's motion-sensing controls. Metroid Prime, Call of Duty, and Red Steel 2 all garnered high review scores for Nintendo's console. But MAG will take it to the next level. After all, the PS Move is the only one that has "positional tracking" and full "pointer capability," whatever those are. At least that’s what Sony says.

And if the idea of now having to move your body around to play the frenetic shooter doesn't make you dizzy enough, wait until you hear about all the crazy other new features that are coming to MAG via a special Beta program.

Above: Radiant Barrens, one of the new maps that will be available in the new beta test

That's right. MAG is going into "beta" again, even though the game has been out for months. Everyone who owns the game is eligible to apply to test out a whole slew of new functionality. For example: "Three brand-new faction-neutral maps with never-before-seen environments that pit a total of 96 players from all three PMCs against each other simultaneously" and the addition of an "oft-demanded 'Clan Deploy' feature that allows clan leaders to choose any game type and queue up to 128 clan members for matches as a team." Whew. If that didn't make any sense to you, we suspect you probably made the right choice by not buying into this overly complex console game. But if it did make sense, you're pumped, aren't you?

The beta will be available as a download from the PlayStation Store next week, and the Move patch will be deployed "later this autumn."

Source: Official MAG Blog 

Aug 17, 2010

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  • SumthingStupid - August 18, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    MAG isn't too bad but I won't want to play it more because of move
  • KiwiCommander - August 18, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    I play MAG all the time and my clan has been waiting for this clan deploy feature. I am glad Zipper is taking care of us.
  • infernox - August 18, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    move looks like its a lot faster then controllers, second only to mouse and keyboard. im still waiting to see how microsoft can use kinect in hardcore games.
  • Tronto13 - August 18, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Why is this good news??? 1) The game sucks... 2) Anyone playing it with move is just gonna get completely owned by players with controllers... Yes it is good to see Sony trying to cover the hardcore gamer but focus on the future not the past! Bring on move in Killzone 3 but MAG? no thanks! Hopefully this is what Microsoft are doing with conect, and before long the casual games will begin to fade slightly and the hardcore will be revealed.
  • slimjim441 - August 18, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    Thank God I've been building up a back-up stash of money to buy a PS3. Pretty soon I'll be able to get one with MGS4, MAG, and still be prepared for the 3DS, Portal 2, and MGS Rising. It's going to be a great year for gaming.
  • TizzleSniper - August 18, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    wow, how many people actually still care about this game? i mean didn't it die out amongst the mainstream, ooo idk, two weeks after it was released? seriously the game wasn't that great, sure it had great ambition and it handled the 256 players generally well. but if the shooting mechanics suck ass with a controller, what makes them think they are going to be any better with motion controls? frankly after buying this game i played it all of 3 days before i let it sit there collecting dust.
  • FenrirKar - August 18, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Wow..I liked MAG quite a bit, but stopped playing after a couple I'm suddenly interested again. Doesn't mean I'm going to rush out and pick up Move, of course, but interest is piqued

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