Sometimes there’s nothing better than playing a game with your player 2, so why not make this Valentine’s Day special… by teaming up and causing chaos over the Bleeding Edge closed beta weekend!
Bleeding Edge is the upcoming 4v4 team brawler from Ninja Theory, and the first closed beta kicks off today on Friday, February 14. Find out how to play below!
When Can I Play?
The closed beta starts on Friday, February 14 at 18:00 GMT and will run until Monday, February 17 at 8:00 a.m. GMT. For your local start and end times, check the handy map we’ve created below or use your preferred time zone conversion tool.
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 download the game right now!
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! Look at the beta map above to check your times!
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! The team behind this wonderful game are excited to confirm that streaming is both allowed and encouraged, which means you’re free to create and share as many videos and screenshots as you like.
The games creator’s have also released a pack of animations and character art for free on their website for you to use 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?
As a token of gratitude for your endless support for playing Bleeding Edge throughout the technical alpha, 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 behind the game have added a huge number of improvements and optimisations to Bleeding Edge, including the addition of AI in the Dojo, so thank you for the feedback from all of you!
What New Stuff is Coming to the Beta?
A new parry mechanic has been added to the game. Parry is an advanced combat technique that allows fighters to break enemy combos and create an opening to deliver a follow-up attack. You can learn parry and other combat techniques in our new Advanced Controls tutorial!
Multiple emotes have also been added for each character, as well as a host of new hoverboards, paint jobs, stickers and trails for you to further customise your rollouts and victory celebrations.
The developers have a second closed beta coming up on Friday, March 13, so if you miss out on our February beta you can still pre-order now or play with Xbox Game Pass to participate.
Ninja Theory are looking forward to seeing players old and new alike experiment with team comps, tactics, mod builds, hoverboard styles, and above all smash it up with their teammates in pure combat carnage.
To get involved in the closed beta, pre-order from BleedingEdge.com or play with Xbox Game Pass.
Let us know what you think of the game in the comments below!