Posts Tagged ‘closed beta’

WildStar Moves Into Closed Beta

10 April 2013 | 5 Comments » | Mordil

I haven’t payed much attention to WildStar, but with Closed Beta starting, that might change.

If you haven’t signed up for Beta Access, you can do so by following this link:

http://www.wildstar-online.com/en/beta/

This Beta isn’t going to function like most “weekend” betas in which you can only play Friday night to Sunday night, as you’ll be able to log-in at your convenience for several weeks.

That should be plenty of time to check out all the factions, races, and classes that WildStar contains.

Read on to find our recent interview we had with WildStar at PAX East ’13. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview: Marvel Heroes New HUD, Powers & Customization

26 March 2013 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The revamped UI.

Gazillion Entertainment Creative Director David Brevik and creator of Diablo II sits down with iTZKooPA to discuss the development progress of his latest hack-n-slash dungeon crawler Marvel Heroes. Recent beta improvements include a much cleaner heads-up display, the doubling of available powers and the addition of a new crafting feature. All are covered in the interview.

David discusses the design decision behind breaking away from the holy trinity, both for gameplay and IP reasons. The newly announced Motion Comics – lore presented before and during specific missions – were touched upon. Amazingly, there’s over an hour of these lore pieces.

Marvel Heroes will launch May 28 for Founder members and June 4 for F2P members.

Hit the cut for all the juicy details, including new gameplay of Thor and Storm.

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Browser-based Action RPG Everlight Enters Open Beta

12 March 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Looking for a new action RPG to sink some time into? Everlight, the latest fantasy action RPG from F2P developer KoramGame may suit your fancy. After spending an extended period of time in its closed beta phase, the title is heading to open beta on Thursday, March 14.

Set in a fantasy world, the title takes a slice out of crafting of The Secret World acknowledging that they myths and folklore we’re familiar with are a reality. Focused on four main classes, players will hack-and-slash their way through Atlantis. Heavily influenced by Eastern cultures and game design, Everlight includes an anime art style, customization and rather quirky features like a Horoscope system.

“We had a superb CBT with over 10,000 participants who really helped us iron out the bugs and improve the game to provide smoother game play. There were plenty of bugs so it wasn’t an easy job and we really appreciate all the time, effort and feedback from everyone who participated in the CBT.” said Everlight General Manager, Jiming Zhao. “We’re now moving forward to the Open Beta and after the success of the CBT we can’t wait open the servers for our fans.”

Hit the jump for a handful of screenshots, especially useful since the English-language website hasn’t been fleshed out as of press. Continue Reading

Neverwinter Getting Chilly in Icespire Peak (Trailer)

5 March 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios welcome adventurers to Icespire Peak, the most popular winter getaway in Neverwinter. Adventurers aren’t drawn to the wintery wonderland to hit the slopes and sip some joe. No, the first adventurers, the Icehammer dwarves, descended upon these lands as 49ers, mining its veins for gold and mithril. During the land’s excavation they discovered a portal to Winterforge.

And accidentally activated it.

The portal unleashed a horde of ice golems and an army of frost giants that quickly wrestled control away from the Icehammer clan. Now, their home in the possession of a fearsome foe, the Icehammer clan has requested the support of adventurers to reclaim their frozen kingdom.

Purchasing a Neverwinter Founder’s pack will guarantee immediate closed beta access, including this weekend’s beta. Can’t make it? Fear not, Lore Hound will be streaming our experience on TwitchTV starting Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 PM EST.

Hit the jump for the latest zone trailer and a collection of applicable screenshots. Continue Reading

Navy Field 2 Registration Open, Closed Beta Begins March 27

4 March 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Can’t wait for Wargaming.net to complete its naval strategy title, World of Battleships? Well, Nexon would be pleased if you’d join thousands of others for beta testing of its own entry into the historical strategy/simulation genre. Labeled by the publisher as an MMORTS, Navy Field 2 will begin its closed beta testing on March 27.

Players interested in participating can sign up today. Those selected will be informed on March 21 and can participate from March 27 until April 10. Should you be one of the lucky few you’ll score an exclusive in-game item (that hasn’t been revealed as of press).

Navy Field 2 allows players to amass fleets of untold power, from cruisers to destroyers, created during the naval era of World Wars I & II. Players have over 500 ships to select from spanning a multitude of countries of origin. Admirals will then customize their armada’s weapons, armor, control systems and engines before engaging in massive 32 players vs. 32 players battles.

Behind the cut we’ve a pair of screenshots featuring some sexy steel to whet your appetite.

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Neverwinter Still Recovering from Eruption of Mount Hotenow

12 February 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The city of Neverwinter has been battered in its recent history. First, there was the Spellplague, which it survived relatively unscathed to the rest of the Forgotten Realms. Mother Nature wasn’t having any of that, unleashing to full power of Mount Hotenow upon the shaken city. Nearly obliterated, the city has spent decades rebuilding in Hotenow’s shadow.

That’s decades, plural, because creatures of the night, from the undead to orcs and the slumbering Primordial have been keeping the buildings and small folks busy. That leaves the mess up to the heroes of Neverwinter to deal with for the city to return to its former glory.

Check out our recent Neverwinter Closed Beta preview and be sure to snag the Founder’s pack if it suits your fancy.

Full trailer and screenshots after the cut. Continue Reading

Neverwinter: Devoted Cleric Revealed Last But Playable First

8 February 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I can haz healz?

In a clear case of “You’re doing it wrong!” Cryptic Studios decided to officially unveil the fifth launch class for the action-oriented MMORPG Neverwinter. The Devoted Cleric, the pure healing end of the holy trinity, has finally received a class reveal trailer to partner up with the four other classes. That’s emphasised for the fact that it’s one of three classes currently playable in this weekend’s press/Founder closed beta session.

Sure to spend most of its time healing, the Devoted Cleric is a master of holy spells, capable of preventing and repairing damage. With numerous direct, shared and healing-over-time abilities, a woman (or man) of the cloth is a requirement for every major confrontation. That doesn’t mean The Devoted One can’t contribute otherwise. Capable of wielding the light for crowd control and area-of-effect holy damage, the Devoted Cleric can make an impact on the damage meter.

Simply put, traversing the world of Neverwinter will be difficult without such an ally.

Check out our beta preview and live stream for more on Neverwinter. The full Devoted Cleric trailer and additional screenshots are after the cut. Grab a Founder’s Pack to get into the beta immediately. Continue Reading

Neverwinter Announces First Closed Beta Session (February 8-10)

6 February 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios are happy to announce that a large swatch of gamers will finally be able to get their hands on Neverwinter this coming weekend. Initiating the action-oriented MMORPG’s first beta session means the company can finally make good on those that purchased RaiderZ packs for easy access to the latest Dungeons & Dragons-based MMOG.

The beta session begins for everyone on Friday, February 8 and runs for 60 hours until Sunday, February 10. The lengthy window will give “thousands of players” a chance to tackle content up to level 30, three classes (healer, tank and melee DPS), a swath of dungeons like Blackdagger Keep, and large-scale group events. Oh, and the highly-anticipated user-generated content system, the Foundry.

We’ll be celebrating the upcoming beta a little early. Stay tuned to this space and the LoreHound.com TwitchTV account to join us in an early access beta session beginning at 3:30 PM EST.

Hit the jump for the third installment in the ‘Siege of Neverwinter’, just released by Cryptic to celebrate the title’s move into beta testing. Continue Reading