Playable in the P&C Beta is a considerable slice of the Strategic Campaign. At the start of this mode, players will have to set a few starting parameters, like the number of islands (up to 9 in the P&C Beta - 30+ in the full game), the ratio of captured islands and enemy strength. Then, by conquering and establishing a network of bases for manufacturing, mining and defense, the campaign is pushed forward, with the ultimate goal being to destroy the opposing enemy carrier. Overall, the gameplay experience in the Strategic Campaign is very similar to the main, story-driven, Gaea Mission campaign, which will be present in the full and final game. However, it does not include the first-person shooter missions, cinematic cutscenes and tutorials. Therefore, to help participants with finding their way into game, a brief and basic manual is supplied together with the beta.