The latest game from the legendary developers behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Bleeding Edge, is in Closed Beta from Saturday, February 15 at 6:00 a.m. NZDT and will run until Monday, February 17 at 05:00 p.m. NZDT.
If you have Xbox Games Pass or have pre-ordered the game, then you can check this bombastic multiplayer shooter out during this time.
Check out the details below for how you can jump in now!
When Can I Play?
The closed beta starts on Friday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. PT (Saturday, February 15 at 04:00 a.m. AEST) and will run until Monday, February 17 at 12:00 a.m. PT (Monday, February 17 at 07:00 p.m. AEST).
How Can I Play?
All Xbox Game Pass members have access to the beta. To join the closed beta, you can download and install the “Bleeding Edge” closed beta from the new Xbox app (beta) on Windows 10 PC or within the Xbox Game Pass tab on your Xbox One console.
Additionally, “Bleeding Edge” is now available for pre-order on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, and Steam and supports cross-play and cross-save for all three platforms. Players who pre-order on one of these platforms will also be able to join the “Bleeding Edge” closed beta.
Lastly, pre-install for the closed beta is now available on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam, and with Xbox Game Pass. So, go ahead and pre-install the game starting today, and you’ll be ready to play as soon as the closed beta is available on February 15.
What do I Get for Pre-ordering and Playing in the Closed Beta?
As an extra bonus and thank you for pre-ordering or playing the beta with Xbox Game Pass, you’ll get the Punk Pack of these in-game incentives, including three exclusive fighter skins:
· Punk Rock Niđhöggr Skin
· Butterpunk Buttercup Skin
· Outrider ZeroCool Skin
· Rioter’s Hoverboard
· Make Your Mark in-game Sticker Pack
· Three bonus taunts
Additionally, if you play the closed beta this weekend during your local start and end times, you’ll get the Amor heart hoverboard trail for free!
If you miss out on the closed beta, don’t worry – you can still purchase the Amor trail in the Workshop using in-game credits, which are earned through gameplay.
Can I Stream the Beta?
Yes. Streaming is both allowed and encouraged, which means you’re free to create and share as many videos and screenshots as you like. Be sure to tag Ninja Theory on social on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your best moments and top plays.
You can also use the pack of animations and character art for free when making your “Bleeding Edge” videos. Get them here: bleedingedge.com/media
I was in the Technical Alpha. Do I get in the Closed Beta?
All alpha players are granted access to the closed beta. If you participated in the technical alpha via Windows 10 PC or Xbox One, the same Xbox Live account which had access to the technical alpha will now be able to download and install the “Bleeding Edge” closed beta. If you participated in the technical alpha via Steam, the “Bleeding Edge” closed beta Steam keys will be sent to you via email.
The team at Ninja Theory added a huge number of improvements and optimizations to “Bleeding Edge,” including the addition of AI in the Dojo, thanks to all the feedback provided from the community.
What New Stuff is Coming to the Beta?
A new parry mechanic has been added! Parry is an advanced combat technique that allows fighters to break enemy combos and create an opening to deliver a follow-up attack. More information on parry and other combat techniques can be found in the new Advanced Controls tutorial.
Multiple emotes for each character and a host of new hoverboards, paint jobs, stickers and trails have also been added, so you can further customize your rollouts and victory celebrations.
There is a second closed beta coming up on Friday, March 13, so if you miss out on the February beta you can still pre-order now or play with Xbox Game Pass to participate.
Be sure to visit www.ninjatheory.com and follow @NinjaTheory on Twitter to keep up with the latest on “Bleeding Edge” ahead of launch on March 24.