Gamepot announced today that a private beta phase for their upcoming MMO game, Wizardry Online, will begin this June. This beta phase will be only available to Japanese players, as the game will be released in Japan this Summer. Fans of Wizardry that don’t live in Japan should not feel disappointed. The game will be launched in 2012 in both Europe and North America. Better late than never, right?
Shuhei Ueda, president of Gamepot said:
“Wizardry Online hearkens back to the original allure of the groundbreaking Wizardry RPG series, but brings an updated flare for modern gamers. Now, for the first time ever, players around the world can step into the impressive action and captivating lore of this world in a free-to-play, online format. We’re confident the return to hardcore role-playing elements will be a shot in the arm for gamers looking for a new challenge in the genre.”
Wizardry Online promises to bring new features to the Wizardry series. Some of those features are party play and PvP combat. Wizardry hardcore gamers should not worry, as the game will maintain its classic style.
Be warned though that the game features a permanent death. This means that your characters will be removed from the game if you die. According to the company, this will create a more immersive experience. It remains to be seen if it will indeed create that experience or if it will be a game-breaking feature.