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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.

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. derp on February 2, 2015

    The first Drago cbt was done pretty much right after they got the rights to the game and was made just to see where everything was at with virtually no changes at all. It was in no way an example of the company’s ability to make a game or have stable servers. A little research can show all of this, I’m sure.

    • AcheronX on February 4, 2015

      If it was true, the game would ran much much better. I played Otherland during all CBTs with prev developer and game ran smoothly with stable 60 FPS at max and 35 ping.
      Drago CBT felt like they only acquired textures and tried to build the game from start.

  2. Jdrew on February 1, 2015

    I tried the last closed beta, it was very unpolished and it was just overall a piece of shit. Now it was beta but it just felt so unfinished and not worth my time which kinda sucked because the visuals were nice but even the animations were aweful. This isn’t one you should be looking forward to.

  3. EpicTony on February 1, 2015

    I was so excited to hear the game was going into another cbt test till I read the comments…… ;/

  4. Anon on January 30, 2015

    The game is pretty awful. Uninstalled it pretty quit, and the guys running it seem incredibly unprofessional.

    • Mr Heartless on February 1, 2015

      I’d have to agree with you. They seem to lack the capabilities to make a game as ambitious as an MMO. I had 900 server ping. Ping aside however, the game looks like a terrible, generic mess.

      • Miki on February 1, 2015

        it was a cbt so just some people test it on low end server.. it will be better on open beta with better server

  5. 13SORD13 on January 30, 2015

    I’m assuming that those who participated in the las cbt wont have to get another key to enter this one right?¿

  6. AcheronX on January 30, 2015

    Well last beta was pretty bad. I was tester back when it was still under gamigo and the game ran totaly smooth on max setting with perfect ping . But in this last beta 800 ping (i live in EU and dont have problem with ping in any game) and the FPS was waaaay bad. Changing settings from lowest to highest resulted in like +3 fps. I hoped they worked mainly on optimization. But still i think this game would be beast back then but it feels bit outdated for this gen.

  7. prohero113 on January 30, 2015

    Server in Germany 300-400 ping for US

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