Players who’ve mastered the art of securing closed beta keys and have procured one for the upcoming martial arts MMORPG Swordsman Online may now enter the MMO’s closed beta monastery and take part in its teachings until the closed beta concludes on June 27th.

As with most martial-arts MMORPG’s, Swordsman Online is inspired by popular Chinese wuxia novels and features 10 distinct schools of martial arts, each with their own customizable fighting styles and unique weapons. No open beta date has been announced yet.

You can still signup for a chance at a closed beta invite by heading over to the official site now.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. I like the action rpg style combat in this game. It’s similar to Neverwinter and it was something that wished Age of Wushu did to make the combat seem more fluid. The story telling in this game, even in it’s alpha state, is already doing better than AoW.

  2. Basicly at lvl 37+ u will get quests till u reach 30-40% the rest u gotta group up and do instances and events , there is no other way OR u gotta grind . Mobs that give 0,04% each mob u kill ? GL leveling up grinding 😀 . It is Way better then AoW

    • You just traded a fart in a jar for a turd. That’s what both these games are, a fart in a jar and a turd. You guess which is which.

  3. This game…needs work. A lot of it. Generally I refrain from judging too harshly during a BETA test,but at the moment it seems as though this is just a way to make a quick profit off of a popular IP. Maybe it will improve over time,but I get the feeling this is a lazy game at its core.

  4. Being chinese I’d have loved if this game was decent enough to hold my attention (be decent). Knowing most of the stories / folklore it would have been fun to run around and immerse myself in the games’ story.

    Another game that I don’t believe belongs to being released in this state / time of technology. Just as poor as age of wushu / wulin………if not peeking under the covers, just the same old pants rehashed.

  5. You know 🙂 I’m pretty happy with these reviews, because I’m not alone. Game looks like it was ported from Play Station 2 or something, UI is absolutely awful with this arial font, ugly buttons, rough edges, and it’s complicated. Quests feels linear, like you going through corridor and god, the voice of characters sounds retarded. Anyway, it’s a bad game for me. And trailer is full of bs, about millions of players and stuff like that…yeah..they wish.

  6. This game is so boring. Boring quests with clunky mechanics, boring combat, weird looking UI. Looks nothing like the trailers made it out to be. Just another crappy MMO among thousands. Nothing special. I give it a 3/10.

  7. lol, it’s not action combat.. it feels like they tried to force the game what is was never meant to be… it’s still using the age of wushu engine at it’s heart. if anything its AoW with a different coat of paint and better graphics.. i’m sticking with blade and soul.. there’s an english patch that’s translated many things, some english guilds on certain servers and the chinese version is free to play.. so there you go.

  8. I went to play this game, then I was confronted by Arc. So I download Arc, then proceed to try everything to get the darn thing to open, run as admin, compatibility mode, etc.

    Then I learn that Arc has the same spying DRM software that Value has that checks your website activity. Only thing is, this is PWE not Value and no1 with a brain would trust PWE.

    At which point I uninstalled Arc, forgot about trying swordsman, sulked and went and played Dragon Age 2.

    From all reports, I wasnt missing anything.

    • you know, you could probably find an installer somewhere on the internet

      and you can use arc to download the game, put the game in another directory, uninstall arc and still have the game, are you really lacking so much wit that you cant think of that?!?!!?

  9. So I got into beta…….closed beta…and I have to say I was very dissapointed. The coding is so out of wack even my 770 GTX with the game on super low only gets about 30 to 40 fps. I get 80+ in Watchdogs on Ultra settings. UI is just awful. Menus are a mess. I feel like I need to have like 10 or 20 manuals in front of me to explain things. Combat is very slow for a supposed action game. You get 3 choices of controls when you start the game. I chose action cuz they said it was like Neverwinter. That’s right, in the option in the game, it said, “Just like Neverwinters combat”…..NOT. One huge problem with the game is the quest tracker. All you have to do is click on the objective and your character starts running off in the direction of said quest. Lazy I know. Also you could turn off the breadcrumb trail in Neverwinter, but in Swordsman you cant. You get a double jump. When it comes time to do some croutching tiger, hidden dragon rooftop jumping, it’s AUTOMATIC. Thats right, just hold “R” and after a second let go of the mouse and keyboard and watch him/her go.
    I played for 5 hours and followed everything everybody in game said and I still don’t know what the hell is going on. All I get from the story is I am a hero. END OF STORY. Graphics are just awful even on max settings and it seems like you never need to open a solid steel door, just walk through it! Another thing is that I chose the only server it would let me, an NA server. In chat all I see is, “Ping teh wing dengg”, some kinda Chinese or something. Took me a while to actually find some English speaking peeps.
    Last but not least….LOOT. Wheres the loot? I mean sure ESO had minimal loot but loot non the less. In the 5 hours I played only a bowl of noodles dropped.
    I felt like I was literally being held by the hand the entire time. I know people say that about themeparks and other games but this is for real. You never have to explore.
    Oh and you get these world things, I forgot what their called, but after you run out you can no longer gain xp from enemies until a certain amount of time has passed or you somehow get more world stuff.
    All in all it is closed beta and things could change. I hope they do because this game is a mess and I’ll gladly go back to Age of Wulin/Wushu, a game I dislike, than this current state of a game.
    Damn I was so excited for this too. I really thought, “Duh A kung fu game, it’s gotta be golden der der”. Damn was I wrong. I should have learned from every non successful martial arts game. And there are no successful martial arts games out. At least worth my time that is

    • First of all, you can’t even name your graphics card (It’s GTX 770 not 770 GTX). Second, clocked at what speeds? I’m getting a clean playthrough of the game with Gigabyte’s GTX 770 clocked at base clock speed (2GB) and it looks great over here. 2nd, the “press R to jump” is only one or two begginer quests. Later on you get a 3rd jump and have quests for special skills like hovering and others. ALSO! Loot is plenty. I played for around 8 hours and had to go to sell stuff around 5 times. It’s not uber drop rate but it is good enough for me to go and have to sell stuff to vendors.
      Combat however was a bit on the difficult end for me whilst using regular MMO keys after not playing any MMO for the past year or so. The shift “flowing” combat was really not intuitive at start but when I got used to it it’s actually really good and it’s kinda cool. Unlike other MMOs where you have to pick one guy to attack and then go to the next, which is also possible here, I can just target an area and attack towards it. I really like the game so far, great experience and I’d probably stick for the OBT.

      • First of all I payed 375$ for my video card and I’ll call it what ever the hell I want. Second I have the 3gb version and my 8350 eight core is clocked at 4.5. My ram at is 8 gigs at 1866mhz. So yeah. This I do not believe. My roommate, who also played longer than me before quitting has 2 780′s sli’ed and 32 gigs of ram compaired to my 8 and he dips too. He came to my room and was like, “I think my PC is fudged up”. He looks at the top left of my screen where I have the EVGA Percision up and he says, “How are you dipping fps too?”
        So we did research on the interwebs and found out that thousands of people with high end PC’s are having the problem. So it’s not just me. Just go check their forums lol.
        And FYI, PWE made by Perfect World is about exploration and questing and crafting and story. Hence why people have dubbed it a WoW clone.
        I’m sorry dude I can not support a hand holding game. I want to go find the quest giver, not run on rails like everybody else. It looked so funny seeing everybody run the same line without skipping a beat. It looked like a game full of bots.
        Also if I played a game just for story and martial arts, I’d go read the book.
        Or watch a movie, then I wont be so confused.

        • Thats only on your side, If it were Swordmans fault then everyone would get this as you. Can you give me the link to thousand of people with high end pc having the problem? All i can see is 2 threads on forum with max 20 people in it. It would be awesome if you could provide me a link, if you dont mind.
          Agreed with Vanquish.

    • i was so looking forward to this game, but its worse than Age of Wulin, for a few reasons:

      1. you cant move with just the mouse, you have to press W and hold right click to rotate the camera (but this doesnt matter, because you should check out point 2.)

      2. you cant move and cast spells at the same time, not even auto attack, you just stand in one place and mash buttons, so what if there are special jumps and stuff?!

      3. the graphics arent that good – only the playable characters’ models are well made, the NPCs look like they are recycled models from a 2005 MMORPG, which is a total turn off, because both models should be the same, be it good or bad

      there is one good point about the game – its a bit more self-explanatory, it feels more like the previous Perfect World games (FW, PW, ES, JD, HOTK)

      to conclude my opinion, i will say that im really disappointed with how this game turned out

    • Please throw out whatever toaster you’re playing on. I’m playing on a laptop with integrated graphics and the game runs fine for me on the lowest settings.

  10. its much better then i expected, some minor problems but its CBT. 1 thing i hate is that u only have 3 character slots and 10 classes so chose carefully cus it takes 7days to delete 1 char


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