After Ubisoft announced it was delaying The Crew to December a few weeks ago for more development time, the publisher (and developer Ivory Tower) decided to make up for it with a new closed beta; one that would take place on the Xbox One and PS4. Previous betas for the game were mainly on the PC, though there was a limited beta for consoles a while back.
Ubisoft detailed the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 betas today, which are currently scheduled to begin on November 6, 2014 and conclude on November 10, 2014. This will mark the last time players can try out Ubisoft's new open-world, MMO racer prior to its launch next month. Well, assuming no retailers get excited and decide to break the street date.
Those interested in participating in the fun can get access in one of two ways: North American players can pre-order the game for guaranteed access, or you can test your luck and register for it here. Both Xbox Live and PSN members can play the beta, but certain online features will require Xbox Live Gold or a PS Plus account, and most users interested in online/social-focused titles like The Crew will be subscribers.
Ubisoft didn't go into just how it'll pick and choose from the registration list, but it wouldn't be too surprising if it was related to Uplay, since you need to log into that particular account in order to even register. The more time you've spent with Uplay and other Ubisoft games, the better your chances may be. We know, some (or a lot) of people don't care for Ubisoft's unique service, but dealing with it is one such sacrifice we'll have to make to get to the beta.
Once in the beta though, players will be able to drive around and explore the entirety of The Crew's version of the United States, and complete challenges found within two of the five areas - the Midwest and East Coast. Considering the size of the in-game world, expect to spend a lot of time on the road (or the grass) if you forgo fast-travel.
Additionally, a couple of the car classes can be experimented with - Street and Dirt - which are subject to a limited amount of customization (which you can see even more of in the above trailer). Should you get tired of playing solo, a look at the competitive side of the game is also accessible via PvP lobbies you may come across in your travels. No details were given regarding what online activities players can participate in.
The Crew is set to launch on December 2, 2014 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will not come to the PS3 due to it's infrastructure being so different from the Xbox 360.