Snail Games has announced today that their Closed Beta launch of their upcoming Steampunk / Fantasy MMORPG, Black Gold Online, has begun. It starts today at 2 p.m. PDT and concludes on May 28.
“Following our successful launch of Age of Wushu in 2013, Black Gold Online arrives as an important next step for our emergence in the North American market,” said Jim Tsai, Vice President of Snail Games USA. “Our Closed Alpha period saw incredible player participation and useful feedback, which we’ve taken into consideration as the game continues progression. Closed Beta opens the floodgates even more for player eligibility, which means a more complete game experience for players to test and for our development team to evaluate as we look toward the game’s summer launch.”
Black Gold Online features a world of fantasy and Neo-Victorian Steampunk, with two factions duking it out with each other. One side features the land of Erlandir, a realm of naturalist magic and mythical beings. The other side is the land of Isenhorst. This mechanized society of expansive industry utilizes engineering, cunning and mechanized equipment to gain the upper hand over their opponents. Players enter the game as one of these two factions, as they fight each other for dominance over a powerful, crystallized energy source known as Black Gold.
Closed Beta for Black Gold Online gives players a major opportunity to explore the world of Montel, joining the fray for either faction in large-scale mounted battlegrounds, fast-paced PvP action, faction and guild battles and experiencing multiple upgrades since the alpha.
The features in the Black Gold Online Closed Beta are as followed:
- Large-Scale Battlegrounds – Including over 100 customizable ‘Carriers’ (large battle mounts) to develop for each faction
- True Hardcore PvP – Fight against opposing forces (as well as members of the same faction) across a variety of battlegrounds, arenas and hidden ‘Chambers of Greed’
- Energy Well Battles – Join even larger struggles and form armies to fight for control of precious resources in large-scale faction and guild battles
- Additional Upgrades – Revamped graphics, smoother textures, an updated User Interface and other mechanical changes
Black Gold Online will be available for free, exclusively for PC this summer. If you are interested in a key, sign up on their official website and who knows, perhaps we will see you on the battlfield!