Square Enix has announced that the The Fall of Babylon closed beta release dates for Japan, Europe and North America, with the West starting in early August. The beta test is split into multiple phases, focusing on player feedback and bug fixes. Japan will begin on July 29, 2021 at the earliest. Western regions will follow in the coming weeks, with North American servers opening on August 5, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM PT and European servers from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. 2 p.m. PT on Aug. 12, 2021.
Babylon’s Fall Closed Beta Data Schedule – Phase 1
(All times below in Pacific)
- Japan: July 29 – 2:00 a.m. PT to 6:00 a.m. PT
- North America: August 5 – 6pm PT to 10pm PT
- Europe: August 12 – 10:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT
Previously, the The Fall of Babylon closed beta was seen in the Steam database as a client application in June, after two whole years with no new information. Since then, Square Enix showed a brand new trailer at E3 2021 and announced it would be entering a closed beta, though official dates for the beta were not disclosed at the time.
Now we know that phase 1 of the closed beta will arrive at the end of July 2021. The first phase of the test will focus on “technical aspects of the game”, and will reportedly be somewhat repetitive. However, Square Enix notes that each stage will unlock more content for people to explore. Unfortunately, registrations have already been closed in the first phase.
PlayStation users can sign up for the closed beta by signing up through the site recruitment page, stating that the test will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam. While the first phase has concluded, the good news is that both the second and third phases will be available later on PS4, as well as PS5 via backwards compatibility. In the third phase, players will be able to test the game natively on the PS5.
After being accepted to the closed beta, players will be able to automatically participate in all future phases. Don’t expect to see much coverage of how The Fall of Babylon plays, however. Square Enix states that the first phase of the closed beta will prohibit participants from sharing information or content from the game.