SimCity second beta starts February 16

By Steve Watts, Feb 08, 2013 10:00am PST

Did you miss out on the first SimCity beta? No worries, as EA and Maxis will be running another one over Valentine's weekend. Urban planning is so romantic!

The second closed beta test will run from February 16 at 6 AM PST to February 17 at 6 AM PST, according to the announcement. If you've already registered for the previous beta, you're already set. If not, go ahead and register to get yourself squared away. Even if you played the first beta, it's possible to get into the second. E-mails with redemption codes will be sent out on February 16, so watch your inbox.

This round is meant specifically to stress test server capacity, which is why it's only a day long. That way, the studio can pack players in at the same time. It will also implement some feedback from the first beta test, like improved zoning and road tools, and bug fixes.

EA and Maxis also released a new trailer today, promoting the "Heroes and Villains set" available in the game's Limited Edition. The game launches on PC on March 5.

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