Defiance, the upcoming online open world shooter, from Trion Worlds, is now inviting PC players to sign up for the very first beta event which kicks off on January 18th.

The beta event is scheduled to start 8:00 AM PST on January 18th and will run through the weekend, ending at 9:00 PM PST on January 20th. The beta client will be playable in English, followed by other language versions at a future date.

According to the press release “participants in the “Advanced Mission Beta 1” will be transported to a futuristic San Francisco bay area, and will take on the role of an ark hunter.  Part treasure hunter, part mercenary, ark hunters are genetically enhanced operatives who are fearless and lethal, dedicated in their mission to recover valuable alien technology and sell it to the highest bidder”.

You can sign up for your chance to get into Advanced Mission Beta 1 by clicking enlist here: Defiance is scheduled for release in April 2013, and can be pre-ordered online soon, and now at major games retailers.