The first wave of beta keys for Capcom's massively multiplayer online game Monster Hunter Online have been sent out in China, publisher Tencent announced on the game's official website.
According to the site, this first beta test will include 1000 people and will be limited to the region. Interested participants were required to complete a questionare, and those selected received a code via e-mail. Players who received codes had 48 hours to activate them.
A post on the Monster Hunter Online forums indicates that the 1000 players have been chosen, and beta testing will begin shortly.
Monster Hunter Online, an MMO version of Capcom's action-adventure series, was announced in April and is built on CryEngine 3. According to a press release sent out after the announcement, the game is being developed "for the international market." There is still no information on a release plans outside of China.