The private beta seemed to go very well, and now it's time to open up the action to all interested parties.

As revealed at the PlayStation Blog , the public multiplayer beta test for Starhawk kicks off on January 17. That's this coming Tuesday, peeps.

Developer Lightbox Interactive will have another chance to test just about everything, from game balance to server traffic to general bugs. The posted trailer also reminds us that this is one of the most anticipated titles of 2012; the critics already like what they see, and many gamers have weighed in with positive feedback as well.

For more information, be sure to check out our beta impressions based on our time with the private test. It's really a great blend of third-person shooting action and real-time strategy, and we can't wait to try out that single-player campaign!