Best-selling author Tad Williams’ Otherland series is quite possibly one of the most thrilling virtual reality novel series of our time. In 2012, gamigo and dtp entertainment will bring an incredibly elaborate free-to-play online game based on the novels to Europe and North America. The two Hamburg-based publishers have signed a license agreement that gives gamigo the exclusive rights to publish the game online in the West while dtp focuses on the retail version of the game.

The dtp studio RealU, an international team made up of experienced developers, has been working on the action-packed and story-driven MMORPG built on the Unreal 3 engine since 2006.

Otherland features lush landscapes, highly-detailed character models and top-notch effects thanks to the state-of-the-art technology of the Unreal Engine 3. The developers had a wealth of material to draw upon when creating the highly-varied mulitverses. There is little to limit the imagination in virtual reality, making an endless variety of settings imaginable. “Eight Squared” is a classic medieval world with fairy-tale castles and massive chess pieces floating the air. Mars is hardly a red wasteland but instead boasts impressive Oriental buildings. Additional worlds are already in development.

The “non-targeting system” makes fighting in Otherland focused on the action. The game features long-range weapons such as bows or guns as well as weapons designed for melee combat such as clubs, swords and lances. Attacks are not aimed at a specific target, so sweeping blows or mighty swings will hit all enemies within range! Position and separate targeting are important aspects of battles, making them far more dynamic and intuitive.

Socializing plays a huge role in Otherland. In the colorful neon gorges of the “Lambda Mall”, players can make plans to meet up for a chat in one of the many bars to unwind from the hubbub of battle. They can also take part in a variety of mini-games such as dancing competitions or aerial combat. The Lambda Mall is a central meeting place, a shopping center and a place for relaxation, all rolled into one.

Those who prefer to have their own private place to relax can create their own little realm in “MyLand”. Throughout the multiverse, players can gather what is known as “eDNA” from opponents. After collecting enough eDNA, they will be able to place, among other things, creatures to protect them in the MyLand.

Closed beta testing for Otherland is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012. Registration for beta testing is now open at http://otherland.gamigo.com/.

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  1. MajorBanana on November 11, 2011

    I don’t know if anyone actually read this article, but you will clearly read that Gamigo is NOT making the game. RealU Studio is singapore is, Gamigo is pulishing. Gamigo’s only games are Cultures Online and Black Prophecy(acquired rights), the rest are just published.

  2. reivax200 on August 24, 2011

    this game will be the best game ever i can’t wait

  3. hasao on August 21, 2011

    gamingo = insta fail

    they steal all other peoples games and havnt yet made a fun game

    • MajorBanana on November 11, 2011

      Dude its a publishing company, they don’t make games…

  4. thepitholl on August 18, 2011

    [video=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiPDkMC8APk&feature=player_embedded]

  5. thepitholl on August 18, 2011

    its quite a unique game with the “e’DNA” system that you can extract “e”DNA” you can colect “e”DNA” and yu can wear “e”DNA”
    the whol world ir quit unique with thous ches figures and bildings are well designed
    i thing that this game is probably worth waiting

  6. quickman007 on August 18, 2011

    Am I the only one that’s losing track of all these F2P games? There are so many upcoming F2P titles coming out! Although I’m losing faith in mmorpg’s, the majority of the new releases are so generic. Hoping this one will be different. =/

  7. Chhipz on August 17, 2011

    Gonna keep my eye on this one.

  8. likeswords on August 17, 2011

    Why Gamigo, couldn’t let a better company to create a game like this…

    • MajorBanana on November 11, 2011

      Lol, Gamigo is not making this game. RealU is, Gamigo is publishing company, its only games are Black Prophecy and Cultures online currently.

  9. pk1357 on August 17, 2011

    hmmm, another hack-n-slash(kinda like vindictus, expect with bows allready :D)

    • zoren580 on August 17, 2011

      its not like that its an open world game no hack n slash unless oyu want to

  10. zenyth on August 17, 2011

    even if I haven’t seen any pvp or pve , I think its a great ideea , as I see graphics are great too , enviroment good either , will make manny fanatics even if I won’t be one of them

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