Yes, it happened

The beta is available for immediate download right after you pre-order the game.

Episode II beta 1 consist of:
- complete Episode I
- 2 new environments
- 3 new sp / coop missions
- 2 CTF missions (capture the flag)
- new wepaons
- new enemies
- achievements
- Sand Storm without entity limits (real-time mission editor)
- gamepad support
and other small coolnesses

Also I would like to say thank you to all of our fans and supporters. We would not be able to make it into Top 100 for the Indie of the Year 2010 competition without you, gamers.
However it's not over yet, please continue to vote as Steel Storm really wants to be in Top 10

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