The road up to the release of Dreams has been, it's fair to say, a little bit less straightforward than one would typically expect of a game release. The game got a private beta late last year, with only subscribers of a specific mailing list getting invites. Now, ahead of the game's still unknown 2019 release date, we're getting another kind of beta, but this time a paid one.
The Dreams Early Access Creator Beta is by no means the full version of Dreams, but it is a chance for players to get in and mess around with the creation tools ahead of the game fully releasing. It'll be missing features, including most of Media Molecule's in-house created content and VR support, but purchasing the beta will give you access to the full game when it releases. Unlike past betas for Dreams, there is no non-disclosure agreement in place this time, so anyone playing can share all their creations online as soon as they like.
So, how do you get in? Well, the beta will be available starting 16th April 2019, and will cost £25 in the UK. This time there's no newsletter you need subscribed to in order to buy into the game, but the number of players permitted to purchase the game will be limited. We do not know how limited spots will be, and there does not appear to be a way to secure a spot before that date, so you'll just have to sit refreshing the page that day until the option to purchase goes live.
Creations made in this beta will carry over to the full game. While not confirmed, it seems like this may be a way for Media Molecule to help populate the game with user-generated content ahead of release day.