New Hot Shots Golf's online game world seems like the sort of thing that could collapse on launch day, so it's a good thing that developer Clap Hanz is planning a closed beta for the arcade golfing release. Set to run between 26th May and 28th May in Japan only, you'll need to download a "ticket" from the PlayStation Store in order to register your interest, and if successful you'll be contacted by email about it.

The server stress test will allow you to try out the title's open world action, meaning that you'll be able to both hit the links and spend some time interacting with the various other minigames that populate the golf club. The full game is set to deploy on 31st August in the East, but Sony's not said anything about a Western release date just yet.

Update (18:00 BST): The beta's also coming to Europe and North America.

[via gematsu.com]