Posted Thu, Dec 13, 2012 by Martuk
Snail Games has dated the second beta for Age of Wushu and revealed details for the event, all be it with some odd restrictions. The second beta event is open to any player that would like to try it, which is where the odd bit comes in and makes this more of a marketing event rather than an actual beta. Players that opt in for the “trial option beta” will be granted 10 hours of unrestricted gamplay. Once that cap has been reached, trial option players will be given up to 60 minutes of gameplay each day until the trial period ends.
Pre-order customers will still receive full access to the event without restriction as originally intended, but it seems like not taking advantage of the extra bodies to stress and break the game without the limitations is a missed opportunity, especially given how many problems tend to crop up in online games only when they begin to reach critical mass. In any case, if you would like to enjoy the beta unhindered by time restrictions, you can pick up a copy of the Deluxe Edition (details available here) for $19.99.
Age of Wushu’s second beta is scheduled to begin on December 20th, 2012. Visit the Age of Wushu website to learn more and sign up for the next beta event.
Beta Will Be Open to All Players: Pre-Order Customers Will Get Unlimited Full Access and New Users Will Have Timed Access to the Game
LOS ANGELES - DEC. 13, 2012 - Christmas comes early for PC gaming fans this year as Snail Games will launch the Second Closed Beta of Age of Wushu on Dec. 20. Given the overwhelming fan response to the game's first Closed Beta in November, the company decided to offer a trial option to any player interested in joining this unique event.
"During the first Closed Beta, our company was flooded with requests from players around the globe. Each user was desperate to play Age of Wushu and join the adventure," said Dick Roberts, EVP of Marketing for Snail Games. "With this trial option, we have found a way to let them experience the game alongside the rest of the world."
Originally slated to be accessible only to those players who had pre-ordered the game and select members of the press, Snail Games is opting to let their North American fans play the #1 game in China for free during the 2012 Holiday Season. Rather than limit the activities, abilities or skill caps like many other free-to-play titles, any players on a trial period will have full access to Age of Wushu until the close of this Beta in early 2013. Players who have previously purchased a preorder package of the game will retain their benefits and in-game items.
All players will be able to engage in PvP battles, travel across Ming Dynasty Era China and make a name for themselves as a martial arts legend, but those on the trial will have a playtime restriction. Any player who does not own an Elite, E3, New York Comic Con or Deluxe Edition of Age of Wushu, but wants to play the game will be given:
Those who want to continue the journey can choose to purchase the Deluxe Edition and gain unlimited play during this period, as well as many other bonuses and in game items. The customization and progression of all characters, any skills learned and items attained during the Second Closed Beta will not be reset and will be available for players to resume upon the next play period of Age of Wushu.
For more information on the game and purchase details, please visit: http://www.ageofwushu.com.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Snail Games is committed to delivering the highest-quality interactive experiences to gamers worldwide. To learn more about Snail Games, please visit: http://www.snailgamesusa.com.
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Named as one of the "Top Game Developers Worldwide," Snail Game is a leading developer of MMO and interactive online games in China. Founded in October 2000, Snail Game's growing library of titles includes 5 Street, Age of Armor, Voyage Century, Heroes of Gaia, and the upcoming MMORPG Black Gold. Snail Game's wildly popular titles are currently sold and distributed worldwide. To learn more about Snail Game, please visit: http://www.snailgame.net.