Coming fresh from a delay of the original set date by publisher Electronic Arts from February 23 to May 24 now, developer DICE’s Producer Sara Jansson accounted for the push-back by explaining that they wanted to “make sure that when you step into the massive City of Glass and experience the rise of Faith, it’s as entertaining, impressive, and memorable as it can be”
Dice has admitted that Catalyst will be the “make it or break it” title for the series, hence the free of charge beta that was announced, but also why the delay was so important for this game. With this free nonexclusive multi-platform closed beta, we aren’t playing a traditional death match multiplayer, yet instead an asynchronous time-trails and other similar modes where how you perform in your game affects other people’s games. Similar to what Watch Dogs attempted to do but without the real-time and various checkpoint races with your friends times will appear with leader boards to compete with as well.
With the trailer, we watch as Faith Connors (recently released from prison) is thrown once again thrown into trouble and death-defying parkour sequences with this sequel. Captured in-engine, the graphics are beyond memorizing which should be no surprised since they are capitalizing on EA’s Frostbite tool set. We also get a glimpse of Gabriel Kruger and the Conglomerate, the antagonist of this game. It’s this oppressive group that is controlling the City of Glass that encourages Faith to master her skills to ultimately become a ‘catalyst” of change, as referenced in the title.
The closed beta will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and also on PC before the launch of the game. It’s not guaranteed that everyone will get a chance to play but you can sign up for the beta at this website.