The SimCity beta will run from January 25 - January 28, EA announced today.

Fans already signed up are in the running for a place, and there's still time to register for a spot by heading over to before 2am GMT on January 21.

"It is always an exciting moment to share a game that is still in development with its biggest fans prior to launch," said Lucy Bradshaw, senior vice president and general manager of EA's Maxis Label. "This beta will help the team improve the live service aspects of SimCity to ensure a smooth and user-friendly experience at launch. I want to thank everyone for signing up - we are excited to share one of our most beloved franchises with our fans."

The beta runs from 5pm GMT on January 25 until 8am GMT on January 28, offering the chance to play a one hour section of the game as many times as participants wish.

SimCity will be released for PC on March 8, 2013.

Source: Press release