Splitgate might have possibly slipped under your radar. It was quietly shown during the E3 period, and not much of it has been heard of since. But, judging by the gameplay footage, it definitely deserves some attention and it now has a free open beta available to download on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Ahead of its full free-to-play launch on July 27, the beta is focused on delivering a cross-play experience to all players. There also appears to be no end date for the beta prior to July 27, which is nice. But what is Splitgate? Well, imagine Portal's unique gameplay design mixed in with the addictive Halo multiplayer combat, complete with similar game modes and gunplay. It sounds like a recipe for success, so hopefully it nails the landing.

Splitgate is a free-to-play, fast-paced multiplayer shooter that features player-controlled portals. This sci-fi shooter takes the FPS genre to a new dimension with its portal mechanics, delivering high-flying, multi-dimensional combat. Evoking memories of the most revered shooters of the past two decades, Splitgate embraces the classic and familiar feel of close-quarters combat while adding a unique twist.

You can download the beta from the Microsoft Store now and have a first taste of the game ahead of its launch. This year is seeing multiple well-regarded, unique multiplayer experiences, with games such as Chivalry 2 and Knockout City having enjoyed acclaim in recent months. Can Splitgate join that roster? We'll find out over the next week-or-so!

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[source microsoft.com]