No you didn’t misunderstand. Yes Hailan Rising is headed into open beta and yes I must admit I had never heard of the game till today. You also did correctly read the part where the title mentioned the developers awarding players who successfully crash the servers. We will get to that in a minute, but first we must establish what kind of game Hailan Rising is. Before we begin it should be noted that Hailan Rising is being developed by Reloaded Productions who acquired the development rights to the Free-to-Play version of APB. Hailan Rising appears to be the developer’s first MMORPG endeavour on their own since then.
The game is touted as “the love child of Dark Age of Camelot and Call of Duty,” according to the devs. While to many the names DAoC and CoD might not mix well in sentences with the phrase “love child”, it certainly perks ones interest to find out what it all really means. Accordingly, Hailan Rising is a fantasy PvP MMO that forgoes typical MMO standards such as gear grinding, levels or class restrictions. Because of this a player can wear any armor and utilize any spell. Finally your wishes of becoming a wizard rogue in heavy armor can be fulfilled! Beyond these details I honestly know little more. There is talk of strategic territory control, random loot drops and instant PvP action, but the websites details are awfully sparse at the moment.
The open beta is set to begin this Thursday, February 21st at 11:00 AM PST. During the beta the developers will be monitoring the server stability and ironically the first three players to crash the server will receive one of the following:
Third Prize: 10,000 G1C, GamersFirst’s game currency, valued at $50.00 US dollars.
Second Prize: 20,000 G1C valued at $250.00 US dollars.
Grand Prize: 40,000 G1C valued at $500.00 US dollars, an epic-quality in-game item, an original weapon named after their in-game character for “Wrecking the World,” and a Quality Assurance acknowledgment in the game credits.
In order to be eligible to win you must of course actually have a GamersFirst account which you can create here. This will also pre-register you for the beta which you will be able to download ahead of time here.