Evolve didn’t make its fall 2014 release, but it’s still going to be playable again before the year is over thanks to the upcoming “Big Alpha,” which launches on October 30. It’s exclusive to Xbox One for the first 24 hours, with PlayStation 4 and Windows users able to hop in on October 31. The alpha period for all platforms runs until November 2.
“We need to stress test the servers and the matchmaking system, look at balance, unlock rates, etc,” said Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director of Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios. “The alpha test is not fully representative of the final product, but it’s our chance to see what the game looks like in the real world, and we will test again in the open beta for Evolve exclusively for Xbox One in January 2015.”
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There are a few ways to get in on the Big Alpha action. You can register for “priority access” to the Xbox One portion of the test right here, Just make sure to use the referral code “EVOLVETOWIN” (no quotes) along with this numerical code: 08347-97365-66457. It’s obvious where to plug those in once you see the form.
Those with existing pre-orders and those that place a pre-order before the alpha launches are also guaranteed access. If that doesn’t work for you, other opportunities to get in on the fun will pop up on Evolve‘s official blog, Twitter, and Facebook feeds, and on 2K’s and Turtle Rock’s forums.
Evolve comes to PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One on February 10, 2015.