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The Windjammers 2 open beta starts today

Steam, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 players will get access to the Windjammers 2 open beta.

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Steam, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 players will get access to the Windjammers 2 open beta.

Windjammers 2, the follow-up to 1994’s Windjammers, is a brutally competitive, adversarial sport. It is frisbee, yes, but it’s more than that.

Somewhere at the intersection of Pong, Speedball, and beach volleyball – the actual sport, not a video game reference – Windjammers sees players compete, one-on-one, in a tight arena. At frisbee, yes.

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It’s hard to make it sound dramatic, I know, but it’s actually rather good.

Two and a half decades later, and after developing a modern following after a short stint on the Wii virtual console, Windjammers is getting a sequel. Developed and published by retro specialists DotEmu (of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and Streets of Rage 4 fame) Windjammers 2 releases on PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia later in the year.

But where the original Windjammers was a local multiplayer affair on the Neo Geo arcade cabinet, Windjammers 2 is a modern sequel, albeit with retro styling. It, therefore, features online multiplayer. It’s understandable, then, that DotEmu is running an open beta to get a handle on how the game performs under real-world player load.

The Windjammers 2 open beta kicks off today, at 2 pm BST, and runs through until August 22, 2021. Cross-play will be available between PS4 and PS5 players, while PC players will be in their own pool.

The Nintendo Switch and Stadia versions aren’t included in today’s open beta and, to date, an Xbox release hasn’t been confirmed.

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