The Elder Scrolls Online beta is now available, and if you’re not one of the lucky few who already got an email notification that you’re in, it might not be too late to get playing.
Those who signed up for the game started to get emails, as the vice president of Bethesda Pete Hines announced Wednesday on Twitter.
Those who received a beta invite are then able to create an account and start downloading at their “earliest convenience.” Bethesda is advising people who signed up to check their spam folder for the email, and for Gmail users it may show up in their “promotions tab.”
Those who want to sign up for Elder Scrolls Online beta might still have time. The game’s website is still accepting registrations, though there is no word on how many invites will go out or when they might be given.
The beta test of the game is meant to give developers a bit of feedback about what works and what doesn’t, said Elder Scrolls Online director Matt Firor.
“The beta announcement means that we’re confident that external people can get into the game and start playing it and have fun, and also give us feedback about how the game is, how sticky it is, how much fun it is, how reliable it is,” he told NBC News.
If you’re not playing Elder Scrolls Online yourself, don’t expect to hear much about it. Pete Hines reminded the lucky few who received invitations to play that they are under non-disclosure agreements.
A LOT of beta invites going out for ESO (reminder: closed beta, under NDA). Maybe I’ll see you in Tamriel this weekend?
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) November 19, 2013
For everyone who doesn’t get an invite, Elder Scrolls Online is expected to be released sometime next year, and will require a subscription to play.