If you’ve been waiting for more details about the on-again, off-again development of Otherland, Drago Entertainment’s sci-fi MMORPG, then you aren’t alone. Otherland had a closed beta a while ago and while I did obtain permission to post a First Look video at the time, I held off. When we do first look videos we expect bugs. The games are usually in some type of alpha or beta when we get our first peek at them and things are usually wonky sometimes.
Otherland was a whole different kind of “wonky” though during the last beta. Without a clear way to see if the servers were even online, just logging in was a challenge. The login servers would be up but the game servers were down or vice versa and the login screen never told you which was the case. In game, lag was a huge problem and performance was not even what I would have expected for a small closed beta. Needless to say, I held off on a First Look video because it was simply almost impossible to record one that showed any of the game in a light that would have been fair to review in any way.
Here’s to hoping that the next closed beta is better. The exact dates haven’t been announced yet, but a forum post does confirm that it will be sometime in February.
Otherland is starting into the second CBT in February. We don’t have an exact date yet and it can be delayed, but we don’t want to tease you anymore. We polished a lot of stuff and put a lot of effort in it to provide you with more
content, more quests and new features.
The post goes on to detail the addition of an Auction House, UI changes, and a few other in-game updates, but nothing on server stability. Maybe this time I’ll feel comfortable presenting a fair First Look, we’ll have to wait and see.
If you want to try and check the game out, you can sign up for beta on the Otherland website.