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The Cube World beta is underway, but you probably can’t get in

The beta is here, but it's very limited

Cube World is not vaporware – at least, not unless developer Picroma is about to pull the cruelest prank in gaming history. The studio recently announced that the game will officially hit Steam in September (yes, this year), and now players who were on board for the alpha have been given access to a beta version of the new release.

The Cube World beta began today at midnight Pacific time, designer Wolfram von Funck announced on Twitter, but it appears to only be available if you’ve already purchased access to the alpha version. Otherwise, you’re out of luck when it comes to actually playing – but this does mean that you’re likely to see a whole bunch of fresh Cube World action on YouTube.

Cube World launches in full on September 30, so it’s not like you have much longer to wait either way. There’s no word yet on price, but the Steam page is live, so you can add it to your wishlist and stare at a half-decade’s worth of screenshots.

If you missed the full release date announcement trailer, you can check it out below.

Even after all these years, those voxels still look very nice. (And yes, you can pet the dog.)

Cube World is a an exploration-driven RPG whose inspirations run from Zelda to World of Warcraft. There’s crafting to be done, but it’s not so much like Minecraft as its blocky look implies. Unlikely as it may have seemed a few months ago, we’re finally going to get to play it for ourselves soon.