A new Ask the Devs posted on the official Black Gold’s website may give hope to fans wondering when Snail Game’s Steampunk MMO would head into beta. The Q/A post delves into what sets Black Gold’s Steampunk world apart from other MMOs, and confirms a total of 18 classes with unique visuals.
The post goes on to clarify Black Gold’s dynamic events which are said to trigger when players enter a specific area or complete a certain number of quests. The events are meant to be considerably harder with bonus rewards and will require players to complete clear objectives.
One of the questions posed was in relation to when Snail Games estimated the beta would begin. Snail indicated the first closed beta was planned to launch at the earliest in Q1 of next year, 2014. The beta won’t be first come first serve, but Snail Games does intend to give higher priority to those that signup before the beta goes live.
Snail Games also responded to questions regarding publishing areas and IP blocks for Black Gold, stating “There will not be a country block or IP block for the North American version of Black Gold Online at initial release, but we will adjust accordingly to ensure smooth ping across the servers.” For now though, players in regions outside of NA will need to connect from abroad in order to play.
Those who have yet to signup for Black Gold’s beta can do so here.