ChangYou (US) announced Renaissance Heroes, a brand new free to play online multiplayer first-person shooter, previously known as “DaVinci Online”. The game is set in the re-imagined world of the 16th century Renaissance Europe, and is expected to launch its closed beta phase in summer 2012.

ChangYou is teaming up with Bridea, the creative minds behind Huxley, to bring Renaissance Heroes to FPS fans in North America. The game combines classic multiplayer action with unparalleled visual realism powered by the Unreal Engine 3 technology to deliver the fun of fast-action shooters to a new generation of gamers. Renaissance Heroes invites players of all skill levels to experience the adrenaline-pumping action coupled with easy accessibility in a completely free to play environment later this year.

Renaissance Heroes takes place in an alternative history in which famed inventor Leonardo da Vinci has created a machine that could change the world. In the wake of his death, the plans for the mysterious invention have been scattered, and warring factions vie to claim them. Features of the game include:

  • The re-imagined world of the 16th century Renaissance period powered by the advanced Unreal Engine 3 technology with characters, weaponry and locales all elegantly designed to reflect the regal atmosphere of the time.
  • Competitive multiplayer environments of up to 12 players, including popular game modes such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. The game features a comprehensive ranking system as well as over 100 unlockable achievements!
  • A roster of playable heroes, each with their own unique visuals and abilities to suit different play styles.
  • An arsenal of over a dozen of Renaissance-inspired weaponry familiar to any FPS fan. Snipe opponents from a distance with the crossbow or crush them at close range with a battle hammer.
  • Enhanced A.I. bots, in-game currency and experience reward system provide challenges to level up your character.

For more information on Renaissance Heroes and to sign up for the upcoming closed beta test, visit the official website at

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  1. youyo12 on July 1, 2012

    is anyone else getting this message when they start up the game?
    Connecting to server has been failed. please check your network. try it again?
    but clearly my internet is working? what i do to start the game i need help pls

  2. toxeiwolf on May 6, 2012

    finally another awesome fps game

  3. ArcticUrsa on May 6, 2012

    “OH MY GOD GUYS WE’RE IN THE RENAISSANCE!” First weapon shown? Assault rifle.
    Real creative game makers right ‘der.
    If you’re gonn amake a game called RENAISSANCE heroes, don’t make your main video ad for your game show off the fact that you have an assault rifle and a rocket launcher.
    After hearing about it? sounds pretty cool
    After watching the video? Nope. Nothing new here at all.

  4. zachdog6 on May 5, 2012

    YESSSSS, Another FPS! Just what we needed! We are getting low on FPS games nowadays. It’s sad, we are almost down too one FPS announced per week. Such a low number!

    • Axolotl on May 7, 2012

      One FPS per week is still stupidly prolific.

      • sdfsdf on May 7, 2012

        it’s not the number of fps but the QUALITY…. 100 fps and 90% are counter strike clones -.-.
        I rather have 1 fps per year that’s original and good

  5. werwerwe on May 4, 2012

    this looks like Bioshock…LET ME AT IT

  6. inquisidor on May 4, 2012

    unreal + bioshock: so much win!

  7. Payback on May 4, 2012

    This looks fresh and new. It looks as if an Unreal Tournament mix with the Italy Renaissance felling.

  8. TheGamer on May 3, 2012

    Looks nice, somehow remembers me of Unreal Tournament 2k4, and iam waiting soo long to to se a fps based on UT.

  9. donnnyy LIKE SHOOTERS on May 3, 2012

    dear god… i need to get high graphic cards or these new fpses will be just a dream for me 🙁

  10. YellingGoat on May 3, 2012

    Dear Arth.

    First of all it ain’t really a steampunk theme, its a “slight fantasy” renaissance theme.. and second, “1st person FPS games”!?

    no wonder you can’t find a reason for it to work.

    your’es sincerely


  11. buzzle on May 3, 2012

    It looks like just another FPS with the same boring game modes (Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag).

  12. Arthh on May 3, 2012

    well, the steam punk theme is certainly new to mmo fps games, but still 1st person fps games are too many, I just don’t see any reason why this should work.

    and I think everyone who writes “first, second” etc. need to die, like… right now.

    • donnnyy LIKE SHOOTERS on May 3, 2012

      bro fps games aren’t as much as the mmorpgs [or you’re meaning there isn’t so much 3rd person]

  13. assassin99 on May 3, 2012

    looks cooool and I am the first

    • Stivertsen on May 4, 2012

      Waw you are my hero, you want a cookie?

      • Derek1117 on May 8, 2012

        shit your sooo coool!!!!! your first!! omg ur so awsome!!! i wish i was first!!! TT.TT