EA has decided to let some lucky people partake in the beta of SimCity before it hits the stores and internets on March 8th. You can head over to www.simcity.com/beta to sign up for this awesome chance to play SimCity before the rest of the world does, but there are only a limited number of participants that will be accepted into the beta. Registration requires you have an Origin account, which you will need anyway if you are going to play SimCity when it’s released, and registration will be open until January 21st, 2am GMT. Expect some slow down and possibly timing out of the registration pages, as I had to refresh multiple times to complete the beta registration. I am sure there is some heavy traffic on the site right now.
The beta will take place January 25th – 28th. No word yet as to whether there will be more opportunities to play or if this is just a one time deal. Either way, this is a great opportunity for those who may have been on the fence about whether or not you should invest in this game (ie. pre-order).
EA and Maxis also decided to give us a nice view of what they call a ‘typical night skyline’, posted above. Here’s to getting an early chance to see it firsthand! Good luck!