The next beta for 2v2 fighter Rise of Incarnates will offer a nine-day bash at the game to everyone who wants to participate.
The latest news from Bandai Namco is that the beta for the game will begin on 8 August (this Friday) and end on 17 August, and anyone with a Steam account will be eligible to drop in and have a fight. As long as you’re not in one of the countries in which it’s not available, anyway – which are “Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.” So, er, possibly not great if you’re in huge swathes of Asia.
Interestingly, this was previously touted as a closed beta – and yes, if you look at the dates, this appears to be the same beta. Perhaps they now want to heavily test their server infrastructure? Maybe they got a lot of sign-ups and figured they’d just let everyone in? Maybe they got sod all sign-ups and figured they’d better just let everyone in? Maybe this was actually their cunning plan all along, so that they’d get an extra news item out of games journalists? No idea. Anyway, go look at that linked article if you’re curious about what this beta will contain.
I’ll be giving the game a look when the Rise of Incarnates beta opens up, and most likely writing something about it. If you want to partake and aren’t in one of the many countries listed above, just grab yourself a Steam account and you should be good to go at 12:01am PDT on Friday, 8 August. That’s 8:01am in the UK, timezone fans!