After months of waiting, a limited number of European fans will be able to enter the world of Allods Online on November 19th at 1500 GMT. During the first phase of closed-beta testing, players will be limited to the first 19 levels of the game. The game will be opened to more and more players during successive testing phases before the official release of the game in early 2010.
Allods Online is the “AAA” MMORPG combining the deep experience of Astrum Nival, creators of Heroes of Might & Magic V, and Gala Networks Europe, one of Europe’s leading publishers of free online games. During the past month, tens of thousands of European players have registered to participate in the beta test on the official website and participated in contests to grab an access key. The wait is almost over for fans of Allods Online as they will be able log in when servers open on Thursday 19th of November.
Once granted access to the beta, players from English, French and German communities will be able to enter the unique server, named “Isa” after the homeland of the Gibberling race. Testers will be able to play up to level 19 on both League and Empire sides, with no race or class restrictions.
Upon completing the tests required for the first phase of the Closed Beta Test, all characters will be erased and the game will be unavailable until the start of the second testing phase. Although the game will only be available in English for the first testing phase, French and German dedicated servers and clients will be available during the second phase.
To find out how to join Allods Closed Beta, visit its website.
Allods Online's unique feature is Astral space, made up of floating islands called allods. Players can explore this randomly-generated space on player-built ships with crews of up to dozens of players. Each crewmember serves a distinct role on the ship, from navigator to helmsman, to even Captain. Players can discover massive treasure troves, battle Astral Demons larger than entire ships, or even fend off other players who have decided to embrace a life of piracy.
Gala-Net & Astrum Nival have delivered a MMORPG featuring unprecedented production values and content for a free-to-play game. The animation is fully motion-captured and the visuals have been designed by internationally award-winning artists. In addition, Mark Morgan, the composer for the hit TV series Dexter, as well as PC epics Fallout 1 & 2, Descent II, and Planescape: Torment, wrote the game’s orchestral score. Players can choose between 2 factions, 6 races, 8 archetypes, and 28 classes. Meanwhile, the game features a plethora of content: 1,500+ quests, full PvP, raiding content, instance dungeons, crafting system designed as minigames, pets, and even goblinball-soccer played with a goblin!