Renaissance Heroes, the 16th century Leonardo da Vinci inspired fast paced FPS practically fell off the map after its initial closed beta testing back in June of last year. We hadn’t heard any updates about the game from publisher ChangYou until today when the company announced Renaissance Heroes return to open beta. The beta is set to launch on January 22nd and will continue for two weeks, ending on February 6th. Although the beta only lasts a couple of weeks ChangYou has stated there will be no more data wipes, meaning players can get a head start before the games official commercial launch in late Q1, 2013.

The latest beta test will feature two new playable characters, Bart and Medici which brings the total playable characters up to 6, each with their own unique attributes and abilities. The updated beta will also include two new maps to explore, the architectural landscapes of Castle Skyros and Atelier in Ruins. You can catch glimpses of the new maps in the official beta trailer above. A new mode called Touch Down was also announced, but gameplay details were notably absent.

In celebration of the launch, special events will be held each day throughout the beta, which grants players a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes including a Razer Blade gaming laptop or a GeForce GTX 660 video card.

I enjoyed my time in Renaissance Heroes previous closed beta. The game offers a very distinct and artistically beautiful artstyle while simultaneously giving off a Quake/Unreal gameplay vibe. In the age of “realistic” shooters Renaissance Heroes is a refreshing alternative and worth checking out if you enjoy “old school” FPS design. Man I remember when “old school” was “new school”. I’m getting old.

The beta will be available in both NA and EU regions with EU getting their own official beta server (a common complaint in the original closed beta). Fans can download the game now in preparation for the beta’s start here.

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  1. montiblanc on January 16, 2013

    only wish there was a third person mode in this game, i asked if they would ever implement it and they said no 🙁

  2. TheGamer on January 16, 2013

    People who played the beta, is this game like Unreal Tournament?

    • Dr.TeaBags on January 23, 2013

      If you’re talking about the pace of the game (Fast or slow pace) it’s a bit slower than Unreal Tournament but is still Fast in my opinion. If you like Unreal Tournament you would like this game. :3

  3. sdf on January 16, 2013

    1 more crap shooter

    • Kaino on January 16, 2013

      Have you ever even tried this? If not then you shouldn’t really be calling it “another crap shooter” it’s nothing like the average new Modern Shooter (Arctic Combat, AVA, Absolute Force) I played this game in the previous beta and had a BLAST playing it. I can’t think of any other shooters recently released based on the Renaissance era. In my own, unique opinion, I am super pumped to play this game again. (: (:

  4. Cacalips on January 16, 2013

    Game needs to die quietly. No need for this OB 2 char nonsense. Born crap. Die crap.

    • Kaino on January 16, 2013

      Completely disagree with you, time to wipe the Caca off your lips and give this game a real chance. 😀

      • jellopy on January 16, 2013

        No point talking to that guy. He posts all that negative garbage on every post about every game on the site. He most likely lives in a basement and has no job seeing the amount of time he puts in to trolling the site. Best to just offer an honest opinion and move on.

        • speed9x on January 16, 2013

          Why isn’t there like button to comment?

          However, like your comment, jellopy. Well said.

  5. IHateMMOs on January 16, 2013

    its a shame that the different characters DON’T ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING.

  6. nekodeus on January 16, 2013

    A FPS that actually looks quite interesting, now this doesn’t happen often. 🙂

  7. TheEffect on January 16, 2013

    So many things I enjoy playing coming out on Jan 22. Dust 514 open beta, this, Dead space 3 demo.. Yet I have 2 chose one for that day lol.

  8. ZhaoYun on January 16, 2013

    MOUNTED and this game looks different somehow to me i will try the beta since i am bored of everything

  9. falcon on January 16, 2013

    nice ! i’m downloading now