Thursday, May 23, at about 6 AM EST, the official The Surge twitter account announced their plans for a private closed beta. They linked to a Google Forms page where people could apply to participate. By 9 AM EST, they had closed the form, replacing it with the following message:
We've received more than 5,000 registrations in less than 24 hours! Thank you so much for your interest in The Surge 2.
We close the form now as we have far more than what we need for this first closed test. Stay tuned for more info soon!
So far, neither the developer or publisher has given any additional information about the private closed beta. Given the time it would take to process as many applications as this, it'll probably be a little while before the beta actually takes place. The might also re-open the registration form for a second wave of interested testers.
Either way, this is a sign of progress. Stay tuned.