The SimCity beta begins on 25th January, EA has announced. It will run from that day to 28th January. EA said limited slots are still available and you can sign up at the official website. The application process ends at 2am UK time on 21st January. Lucy Bradshaw, boss of EA's Maxis label, said this:
"It is always an exciting moment to share a game that is still in development with its biggest fans prior to launch. This beta will help the team improve the live service aspects of SimCity to ensure a smooth and user-friendly experience at launch. I want to thank everyone for signing up - we are excited to share one of our most beloved franchises with our fans."
The beta lets you play an hour "slice" of the game only, but you can play this slice multiple times. The game itself launches on March 8th.