Battlefield 3 beta begins next week

EA has announced that an open beta test of Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode will begin on September 29.

Those who have pre-ordered the game through EA's distribution service Origin, or who bought the limited edition of last year's Medal Of Honor, will be able to access the beta on September 27.

The beta, which will be available to download from the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Store and Origin, features a single map, Operation Métro in Paris, and runs until October 10.