The team at Microsoft Game Studios wants to make sure everyone who wanted to get into the beta for Age of Empires Online gets their chance before they close it to the public, so they’re opening up access to get fast-tracked into the beta for 48 hours only, this Thursday-Saturday.

Simply visit http://gamesforwindows.com/ageofempiresonlinebeta between 9:01am on 5 May and 9:01am on 7 May.

During this time, the Games for Windows Marketplace will prompt you to sign up for a Windows Live ID and download the beta immediately – no waiting!