EA is giving would-be city planners an early look at its upcoming SimCity. The company tweeted that it will be holding a beta for the game next week, which will contain about an hour of gameplay.

While an hour may not be enough time to turn your burgeoning town into a smog-filled dystopian nightmare, you should at least be able to make your Sims miserable via constant gridlock and nighttime brownouts. Or you could take the boring approach and try to build up a place where your little people are happy. The choice is yours, even if only one of those choices is correct.

The beta will be taking place between January 25-28. You can register for it here.

For more information on the game, take a look at Joe's preview. The game is set for a March 5 release on PC.