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If you've ever wanted to hurtle down a snow-covered mountain at ridiculous speeds from the safety of your own home, then the upcoming extreme sports game Steep has got you covered. And if you're interested in trying out Steep without forking over cash first, well, they've got a beta planned for next month.

Back at E3 2016, Ubisoft unveiled a surprise project, Steep. Amidst known quantities like new Rainbow Six games, Just Dance, and the upcoming South Park RPG, Steep was one of those unexpected surprises that managed to turn a few heads.

Ubisoft has announced that next month a Steep beta will be rolled out in two phases in order to make sure the game is ready to roll at launch. The open beta will run from Nov. 18-21, but a bit before that a special early access beta will run from Nov. 10-14. These betas will be available across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

According to the press release from the publisher, the beta will allow players to tear up the Alps before the game finally launches just in time for the holidays (and the actual snowy season) on Dec. 2.

If you're looking to enjoy the early access beta, then you'll need to head on over to Steep's official website and register. A selection of folks who do that will be invited to play the game during that early window. Then, once the early beta rolls around, everyone will be able to download the trial from their respective platforms. That site is where you'll also be able to pre-order the game to enjoy some in-game extras. You'll need to register by Nov. 9, so get a move on.

The idea behind Steep is basically that of a sports MMO. The mountain is free-roam and completely open to all players. You can dive into events on the fly, tackle challenges or even create challenges to taunt your friends with. You can do all of this on various modes of transportation like a snowboard, skis or even a wing suit.

It's a pretty rad idea, and one that earned the game the Best Sports Game nod from the Game Critics Award following its E3 debut. We imagine the betas will allow everyone to help Ubisoft put the servers through their paces before the December launch plus, it's free, so it certainly can't hurt to give it a gander.

We'd be interested to know what our readers' early thoughts on Steep are, as it's one of those rare new IPs in the sports genre. Does it look like what you've been waiting for? Is there a certain aspect you're most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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