Beta refers to the last stage before the Candidate Release in the development cycle. The closed beta for 8Realms was released on 5 May 2011. Players were able to sign into and participate in the beta by using a specific beta key. Registration for the beta was closed on 15 June 2011, in preparation for the final release on (future date).
Players were required to type in a specific beta key to have access to the closed beta. These beta keys could be obtained through various ways.The first batch of beta keys were released by Jagex on 5 May 2011. These could only be found on the official 8Realms Facebook page and a total of 2,000 keys were released. The keys worked on a first come, first serve basis and were used up fairly quickly.