If you have anything more than a passing interest in Wildstar, then it's likely you've already picked up one of the many beta keys Carbine left lying around on the internet's floor. If you only have a passing interest in Wildstar, then even that may have been too much effort. In which case, your turn to play comes this week, when the upcoming MMO enters a short pre-launch open beta phase.
The open beta will run from Thursday, May 8th until Sunday, May 18th. A post on the Wildstar blog explains how it will work. New players will be able to insta-generate an access key through a new open beta page. For returning players, you'll just need to update the launcher and be good to go.
As part of the open beta period, the pre-access level cap will be increased to 30. For Wildstar beta veterans, that's five new levels of progression to try. For newbies? Even without the extra levelling content, you can—as Kotaku recently uncovered—use the beta to build a hoverboard skate park.