Test Drive Unlimited 2 beta kicks off

The initial phase of Test Drive Unlimited 2‘s closed beta testing is now underway, Atari’s announced today.

“An elite group of dedicated beta testers” will be shaping “a revolution in multiplayer racing communities,” the publisher says, while given the chance to gander at the sequel’s day and night cycles, changing weather, and enjoy gradually added content.

Those wondering: the participants were chosen on “based on their knowledge of the racing genre, passion for video games, and gaming system requirements.” If you’ve applied but haven’t received an email just yet, there’s hope; more testers are still being accepted.

The open-world racer itself will release in Q1 2011.