The Age of Empires Online
Beta is publicly available for download
over the next two days. The beta will continue past that time, but if you've been curious about the title now's your chance to grab it without the need of tokens or a special invite. It'll be open through the morning of Saturday, May 7 at 9:01am (presumably London time, since the press release was issued from London, so ... 4:01am Eastern).
We were impressed during our Age of Empires Online preview
and, despite its cartoony exterior, found something that isn't Age of Empires "Lite."
We appreciated that it's trying to be a core "casual" title and not, in Microsoft's own words, "a nickel and dimey microtransaction thing