Activision is to invite 60,000 gamers into the public beta of multiplayer shooter Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC), it's been confirmed, although a start date for the beta is yet to be announced.
Gamers who secure a place in the public beta will be thrashing the living daylights out of only one map: Sewer. This level "is part of ETQW's Pacific Campaign," the Quake Wars website explains. "Set in Japan, the map revolves around a Strogg base hidden in, well, a sewer. It's an interesting mix of outdoor and indoor, vehicle and infantry combat, deployables and counter-deployables and good old-fashioned FPS combat."
An announcement on the website adds, "If you'd like to help us finish ETQW, we'd really appreciate your participation. If you want to just play a game for free you may find it a frustrating experience. This Public Beta is not the Demo - it's not the finished game, but an opportunity to get feedback from a large group of people while testing stability and performance on a wider range of hardware combinations.
"The Public Beta will also collect some information on your hardware configuration, so you shouldn't apply unless you're comfortable with that."
More details here.