The lights are on
Wargaming started taking beta applications for the new Xbox 360 edition of World of Tanks back in mid-June. If you signed up, you may be able to play throughout the holiday break.
Beta participants received emails starting yesterday (including some of our editors) with free download codes for the beta version of the game. Here's the current play schedule if you managed to get in.
1. Wednesday, July 3rd: 3:00pm – 9:00pm PST (US and Canada)
2. Thursday, July 4th: 10:00am – 5:00pm PST (US and Canada)
3. Friday, July 5th: 10:00am – 5:00pm PST (US and Canada)
4. Saturday, July 6th: 10:00am – 7:00pm PST (US and Canada)
5. Sunday, July 7th: 10:00am – 7:00pm PST (US and Canada)
The beta requires and Xbox Live Gold membership and 1.4 GB of hard drive space.
Did you miss out on applying? It appears that the signup webpage is still accepting entries as of press time so get on over there and give it a shot. Wargaming says it will notify participants of future gaming play times going forward so if you're busy this weekend there should be plenty of other opportunities to play.
It's always reassuring to see companies commit to widespread online testing before releasing a multiplayer game to the public. We've seen too many week-one online problems over the years to go any other way. It's also nice for the hardcore fans to get an early look at the game and help make it better. Everyone wins!
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