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Paragon opens up free beta weekend later this month

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The free-to-play MOBA will be free to play...wait

Epic Games is hosting a free beta weekend for Paragon starting May 26. Registration is now open to interested players who aren't already checking out the free-to-play MOBA, which is now available in Early Access.

The weekend will run from Thursday, May 26 until Sunday, May 31. Participants must sign up online by May 25 to access the Paragon beta, as detailed in the video above. This is the second chance this month that players will get to try the game; a stress test ran at the beginning of May.

Paragon is currently in closed beta on Windows PC and PlayStation 4; it's accessible to those who picked up one of three Founders Pack sets. Although the game will ultimately be free-to-play, Paragon is only available to those who have paid money to check it out early. These sets cost between $19.99 and $99.99, offering varying amounts of items, skins and boosts.

A $60 retail release is coming to PlayStation 4 on June 7, and will contain much of the content available to Founders Pack holders. The full game will become available as a free download sometime later this year, following another open beta this summer.

Developer Epic Games told Polygon that the way it's releasing Paragon — setting the online multiplayer game loose before it's finished, ultimately making it free-to-play — represents the company's business model going forward. In fact, Epic hinted that it may never make another single-player, campaign-driven game again.

For more on Epic Games' past, present and future, check out this month's cover story.