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'Savage: The Battle For Newerth' - Beta Test Phase 2 Launched

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 1:33 p.m. PDT

iGames Publishing, the publisher behind the highly anticipated, genre-busting title Savage: The Battle for Newerth, has launched the next phase of beta testing for the first-ever real-time-strategy-shooter (RTSS). This next phase will open the beta test up to an additional 2000 players – an amount that will double shortly thereafter at the third beta testing stage. Gamers can apply to take part in the beta test, sign up HERE.

The latest build of the game features several gameplay enhancements that improve the overall playability of the game. It also features the debut of the “Beast Horde,” an entirely new playable race within the game. A forthcoming announcement will reveal all of the details of this new race.

“We received so much constructive feedback from the participants in our initial phase of beta testing and we were able to implement an incredible amount of suggestions,” said Jesse Hayes, COO of S2 Games. “We’re really excited about this most recent build and especially can’t wait to introduce the ‘Beast Horde’ – we think people will be blown away!”

Savage recently came off of a successful showing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Attendees visiting the iGames booth were overflowing with praise and the game won several awards, including “Best PC Game of show” and “Most Innovative Game Design” from various publications.

About Savage

With the creation of a new gameplay genre, the RTSS Savage expertly redefines the first-person shooter and real-time strategy genres by combining elements of both into one cohesive experience. Set in a unique fantasy world eons from now where Humans and Beasts violently battle for their very existence, Savage transports PC gamers to the next level in multiplayer gaming. The result of this meld is a truly unique experience that enables the player to opt for either the fast paced, run-and-gun action of a FPS (playing as a Warrior) or the more cerebral and tactical planning of a RTS (playing as a Commander). Because Savage offers fully developed aspects of each genre, players must work together as a team in order to defeat their opposition.

Players choose to fight on the side of Humanity, armed with science and technology, or take the side of the Beast Horde, masters of nature and magic. Savage can host up to 64-players in a single game. Two players undertake the role of Commander, to lead team initiatives in tactical combat strategy, resource management and “base building.” Another 62 players play in the first-person Action-Mode and must execute the Commander’s tactical instructions to secure their team’s advancement.

The Silverbackä Engine was designed specifically for Savage so both RTS and FPS viewpoints go through the same 3D rendering process, creating fluid, team-based gameplay and amazing, immersive environments.

Savage: The Battle for Newerth features phenomenal graphics and beautiful, expansive environments that depict lush outdoor scenes, complete with gorgeous skies and blades of grass that wave in the wind to truly immerse players in the alternate reality of the dangerous world of Newerth.

Players can pre-order Savage now at Electronics Boutique to receive a free Savage comic or at GameStop to receive a free copy of the Savage Soundtrack DVD. Savage is scheduled to ship later this summer.

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