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Tuesday, August 21, 2001
 

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Arcane Arena Enters Public Beta
9:44 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Independent developer/publisher Freeverse Software has released a public beta test version of the online combat/RPG title Arcane Arena. As with all public betas, their intention is to allow serious users to hammer on the game for a bit and provide feedback on "lag," gameplay and general robustness.


Arcane Arena is a unique approach to online gaming for Mac users, as it is very much focused on combat -- quite different than other offerings such as Clan Lord or Oberin. Blending both realtime and turn-based combat with teamplay, this one is sure to find a broad audience. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

We're happy to announce that Arcane Arena has entered public beta!


Arcane Arena is a persistent online RPG with a strong emphasis on combat. The only puzzle to solve is how to escape the Arena with your hide, (and maybe a gold piece or two). Arcane Arena's unique BattleTimer incorporates elements of turn-based and real-time strategy, the Arena accommodates team on team gore-fests, and a multi-level dungeon is provided for, well, cliche.


The game is now available to download and play. Bug reports are strongly encouraged and new builds are expected weekly.


You can sign-up to join the beta-test and grab the 40meg game (or order a CD version) here...


"You and your comrades enter the Arena. Across the way you see your five opponents. Their leader fires his bow at you but you both know the range is too far, and the arrow skids harmlessly across the stone floor. You summon a Familiar which goes screaming across the battlefield until an energy bolt from their side destroys it. Following the plan, two of your teammates cast enchantments on you -- you feel stronger and faster. You take out your battle ax and nod to your remaining team mate. He nods back and unleashes almost all his mana, teleporting you directly into the enemy. You smile at the startled archer; too close to use his weapon, he barely has a chance to wet himself before your battle ax crashes down..."

So, sign up while you can try your luck in the ring of combat -- and be sure and provide Freeverse with as much positive feedback as you can; you've got the opportunity to shape the future of a Mac-only game.

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