Namco Bandai's community manager has taken to Reddit to lay out the details of the PlayStation 3 Dark Souls II beta test. Those selected for the first round of testing will receive their codes today.

Codes will be delivered at approximately 11 am Pacific via PSN today. The purpose of the exercise is to stress-test the servers rather than a full beta.

Players will be dropped into the middle of the game with almost no direction, but those that are selected (and successfully redeem a code) for the October 12 test will be guaranteed entry into later rounds.

As a reminder, redeem your code as quickly as possible. Once 5,000 people have done so, the test is closed. The next round, to be held on October 22, will include a wider group. For more on Dark Souls II, check out our preview from Tokyo Game Show.

Dark Souls II is slated for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11, 2014.

Thanks, OB.

[Source: Reddit]


Our Take
Now that we know a time, those of you with access to your PSN accounts at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern can set a reminder. Just don't go in expecting a robust beta experience. This is a server stress test and not really an opportunity to enjoy the game at its fullest.