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Snow closed beta brings open-world skiing to PC in March

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Snow developer Poppermost Productions will kick off a closed beta for the open-world winter sports title in March, the studio announced today.

The beta will be available only for the Windows PC version of Snow; the game is also in development on PlayStation 4. Poppermost launched Snow on Steam Early Access in October 2013 for $14.99, and Early Access customers will be able to start playing the closed beta on March 10, more than two weeks before everyone else.

"We couldn't have made it to this tremendous milestone without the undying support of Snow's community," said Alexander Bergendahl, CEO of Poppermost Productions, in a prepared statement. "We're ecstatic to open up the slopes to a wider audience and see how they enjoy the experience Snow has to offer!"

Closed beta sign-ups are now live on Snow's website. Poppermost will grant closed beta entry starting March 28 on a first-come, first-served basis to people who sign up. All participants will receive an exclusive Red Bull Sean Pettit in-game helmet.

With the closed beta, Poppermost is introducing Snow's free-to-play model. The game takes place on a vast fictional mountain called Sialia that offers 65 cubic kilometers of space to explore, and most of it is open for roaming around. Players earn in-game currency that can be spent on cosmetic items like skiing attire and equipment from licensed manufacturers, as well as on structured events such as races and time trials. The beta will also offer new parts of Sialia that aren't currently available, such as an observatory and a crashed cargo plane.

For more on Snow, which is set for release later this year, check out the closed beta trailer above and the screenshots below.