There is good news for those of you who were not accepted into the closed beta program for the Games for Windows LIVE game Age of Empires Online. The beta is now available for everyone to download. However, there is a deadline; you have until 4am CT/ 9am GMT on May 7th to download the client, so that's tomorrow morning.

After tomorrow morning, the beta will continue running and remain playable for everybody who has downloaded the client. If you haven't downloaded the client when the deadline expires, the only way to access the beta will again be through the closed beta program.

Here is a quick reminder of the system requirements:

Beta System Requirements

System Memory: 1 GB for Windows XP SP 3/Windows Vista Home; 1.5 GB fo Windows Vista Premium/Windows Vista Ultimate/Windows 7 (32 bit); 2.5 GB for Windows 7 (64 bit)
Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista or Windows 7
CPU: 2 GHz Dual Core or higher
Video Memory: 128 MB Shader 2 supported card or higher
Internet: Broadband connection required
The beta is "English-only, offered in North American and European regions." Just to state the obvious, you will also need a Games for Windows LIVE gamertag, or an Xbox LIVE gamertag with a Silver or Gold account. The beta client can be downloaded from here.

Age of Empires Online is due to be released this year.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.