“It is always an exciting moment to share a game that is still in development with its biggest fans prior to launch,” said Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw. “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 official SimCity Twitter account notes that beta sign-ups are currently causing some technical errors on the official site and suggests that “if you're having trouble viewing the SimCity beta page, try a hard refresh and clear your cache.”
SimCity will launch on March 5, 2013.