The beta will give fans of the SimCity a chance to play "a one hour slice" of the game. Maxis will, of course, be monitoring the beta, looking for bugs to squash as well as collecting player feedback on the game and its design.
Registration for the beta is currently open over at the SimCity website. Registration closes on January 20, so fans would be well advised not to put it off. Though some gamers have reported technical issues when trying to sign up for the beta, Maxis has stated it is aware of the issues and is working to fix them.
The registration for the beta takes place through EA's Origin platform. SimCity will represent a preview of EA's digital rights management ideas for the PC. For those who haven't heard SimCity will have a single-player mode, though it will still require an (almost) always-on internet connection to play.