Starting on May 10th, Mechanist Games will open up an exclusive early access beta for their steampunk inspired MMORPG City of Steam. The beta will serve as a prelude to the open beta set to begin a few short weeks after.
The early access period will be made available to players through key distribution as well as to those who are collaborators or are subscribed to the game’s newsletter. In terms of player progression post early access, mechanist games aren’t planning on wiping characters but warned that if there is something REALLY problematic that pops up they may have to.
Players returning to the streets of Nexus can expect to see quite a few updates including a new talent system, updated crafting, new zones, and improved dungeons. The early access beta will also showcase the brand new Wilderness zone where dozens of players can cooperatively complete quests, participate in public events, and more.
Interestingly, not all classes and races will be available during the early access period. Out of the 11 races and 4 classes in City of Steam, only 3 of the classes and 4 races will be selectable at the start, with plans to build up to the 4th class and 7 other races throughout the early access beta period. Mechanist Games assured players the decision was not because they “hate the players guts or anything”. Far from it! Instead it’s to allow for more focused testing of content.
With F2P games it’s all too easy at times to forget that an open beta can still mean things aren’t quite final.
You can read the full details concerning the beta by visiting the official site here.