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Cute mech battler Volta-X is holding a closed beta, and we've got 200 keys to give away

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Update: As you may have noticed, there was a problem, and the numbers sent out are not valid Steam keys. Apologies for the mixup—drop me an email (andy.chalk@pcgamer.com) with the number you were sent, and I'll get you the proper key.

Original story:

Volta-X (opens in new tab) is a "real-time strategy mech battler" that begins with a Kaiju invasion of Earth. Humanity seemed doomed, until our best scientists developed the Voltas: Giant fighting robots that enabled us to stand toe-to-toe with the alien invaders and eventually force them off the planet. We won! And now we've got all these giant fighting robots and nothing to do with them.

Faced with that conundrum, humanity did the obvious thing and set up a professional Volta-battling sports league, which you've just entered as a fledgling competitor. The game features highly-customizable fighting machines, base building, a full singleplayer campaign that will take your pilot from league qualifiers to the top of the ranks, and online PvP combat with global "World Volta Association" leaderboards. Also the pilots are small furry animals, for some reason.

If this sounds like something you'd like to try, I have good news: Volta-X is expected to arrive on Steam later this summer, and before that happens a one-day closed beta test is running on July 18—and we've got 200 keys to give away.

For a chance to get into the beta, enter your email address in the widget down below. You've got until 1 pm ET on July 16 to get in, at which point the raffle will close and the keys will be distributed to randomly selected winners. We don't see your email address, in case that's a concern, and Godankey only uses them for the purpose of the giveaway, and doesn't save or share them.

If you don't score a key through the raffle, you can also sign up for a shot at access, and learn more about the game, at volta-x.com (opens in new tab).

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.