Dragon's Prophet opens its doors to the European community with an open beta stress test.
Over the last several weeks, it has become increasingly clear that competition in the MMO market is reaching an all-time high. With games such as Neverwinter, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wildstar set to launch in 2013 among many others, every developer and producer is looking to corner whatever market they can. Last Friday, Runewalker Entertainment, the developer of Dragon's Prophet took the initiative to start currying favor with fans in Europe by inviting European gamers to take part in an open beta stress test.
This coming Wednesday from 5p-10p CEST - that's Central European Summer Time for those unfamiliar - European players will be allowed to log into the Dragon's Prophet servers and experience the game for themselves. Deemed a stress test, the declared goal of the open beta is for Runewalker to test their servers. However, with Neverwinter beginning their open beta that very same day, this seems like a wise move to help advertise the game and divert attention from their competition, as well as test their hardware.
This action fantasy title has you, as a human hero, fighting alongside dragons. The most recent battle against evil ended in victory, but evil's a sneaky so-and-so, and the world's in peril again. Have you got what it takes to become the next Dragon Prophet?
This is a free-to-play, with microtransactions. Though there isn't a subscription system per se, during closed beta the developer is selling what's called a Dragon Pack. There are three different kinds of Packs, each with its own dragon, title and gear; it's basically a VIP system in all but name. Cost of these packs ranges from $19,99 to $89.99, depending on how fancy you care to get. Purchase of a Pack gets you into the beta.
Fans interested in giving the game a go can enter the following key to gain access:
Activate on the REDEEM BETA KEY page.
The activation key has unlimited uses, and the social media team for Dragon's Prophet encourages players to try the game with their friends. They write on their website, "The goal is to have as many players as possible online to test our hardware capabilities. Bring your friends along and unleash the dragon within you ... The activation key has unlimited usage. Share it with your friends, rivals, grandparents and whoever else comes to your mind."
Players looking to download the game client or find more information should check out the European Dragon's Prophet Stress Test Forums.
The stress test is going to be a great way for players to check out Dragon's Prophet without having to commit to anything. It's a brilliant move by SOE and Runewalker to help introduce the game to European gamers, a massive market that so rarely sees deliberate attention from American game companies. We here at WarCry are excited about Dragon's Prophet, and have gotten in touch with Runewalker about getting some beta keys for our dedicated readers. Be sure to check back here in the coming weeks for your chance to check out Dragon's Prophet, because let's be honest, there's going to be a 50,000 person queue for this week's stress test.