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Open Beta Head Start Begins Today!

Obsidian Entertainment and My.com are proud to present the launch of the Head Start phase. The Open Beta Head Start servers will open today at 18:00 CEST (9:00 PDT).

We are excited to announce the Head Start phase! We want to thank all Founder's Packs owners for their contribution and are happy to present them with this Head Start week which will allow them to start playing the game earlier. This launch also marks the beginning of the Open Beta phase which will be available for everyone without any restrictions in one week. There will be no more content wipes, all progress earned during Open Beta and the Head Start will remain. See you on the battlefield!
- Joshua Morris, Armored Warfare producer

The Open Beta phase features a number of exciting elements. One of them is the new Reactor map and to celebrate the Open Beta launch, we are releasing a brand new trailer that gives the players a taste of what it is like to be a mercenary in the world of Armored Warfare - after all, the conflict, the struggle... it's all just business.

As the third decade of the 21st century came to an end, the beleaguered, weakened nations of Europe were fighting over the last remnants of fossil fuels and any functional nuclear reactor – no matter how obsolete – became a strategic asset in their desperate attempts to keep the populace warm during the cold winters. Any such working facility, unfortunately, also became a hotspot with multiple sides laying claims to the rights to operate it as they see fit, and drew the attention of various terrorist forces and insurgencies that rightfully considered them prime targets for their activities – whoever controlled a nuclear power plant controlled the entire region and the loss of even one of these precious facilities could bring an entire country to its knees.

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One such event is taking place right now in northern Spain where an old but functional nuclear power plant has been attacked by an unknown number of enemy assailants. Aerial reconnaissance confirms the presence of heavy armor. A battle took place between the attackers and local military forces that were driven off, but during the skirmish one of the cooling towers was heavily damaged and the plant’s beating nuclear heart is now on the verge of collapsing. The facility must be recaptured immediately and the meltdown must be prevented – failure is not an option. An operator team is standing by to shut the reactor down as soon as the control center is secured.

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The plant sits along the coast featuring a mixture of rugged terrain and rolling hills which are densely populated with foliage. Most of the conflict exists within the rolling countryside, but the more densely populated plant and small rural locations provide an option for those who choose close range combat.

The red area represents the most open but also the most dangerous venue of approach. It is mostly exposed and suitable for speedier vehicles, but MBTs would find themselves under artillery and long range fire without much means to protect themselves. Brave or reckless commanders may attempt to dash over the dam to surprise the enemy.

The green area can be used for flanking maneuvers as well – it provides more cover than the red area thanks to the presence of several buildings in the depot. Unfortunately, this area is quite vulnerable as crossfire can be laid down from the red approach. Forces advancing through this part of the map could easily find themselves outflanked.

The blue area represents the safest approach but also the slowest – there is a lot of cover for MBTs to use, but even this area can also come under crossfire if an unwary commander leaves the central area undefended.

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