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Black Gold Online

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Snail Games USA
Release Date: 2014

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'Black Gold Online' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on June 20, 2014 @ 5:33 p.m. PDT

Inspired by the myths and fairytales throughout Northern Europe, Black Gold combines fantasy with gothic steampunk taking place in a world fighting over the precious material.

On one side, players will be able to experience a world of fantasy, filled with magic drawn from the life and nature found around the ancient jungles and temples of the terrain. The other is the world of Steam, a mechanized society of giant walking cities, which utilizes engineering and mechanized equipment to gain supremacy.

Players will be able to trigger more than 3,000 dynamic events and actions that can change the game world itself. Additionally, characters will have the ability to change forms and drive giant armors in combat, creating a variety of fun and different encounters for both PvE and PvP experiences.

Using the same propriety Flexi engine that created the visually stunning world in Age of Wushu, Snail Games has incorporated the technology to make dynamic shadows and vivid colors in the surreal world of Black Gold

The open beta for Black Gold Online gives players of all skill levels a chance to explore the divided world of Montel as part of either the Kingdom of Isenhorst, a mechanized society of giant walking cities and mechanized equipment, or the Erlandir Union, a nation filled with magic drawn from ancient jungles and temples. Players choose between steampunk or fantasy, as each faction engages in a brutal war to gain control of a powerful crystallized energy known as "Black Gold."

"The player participation both through population size and hours played during the closed beta was huge and enabled our development team to make numerous content additions to what was already a robust game," said Jim Tsai, Vice President of Snail Games USA. "With fervor demand building from players, the open beta lets anyone join who is eager to explore and battle throughout our unique bilateral land of steampunk and fantasy. The open beta's massive activity data and player feedback will be leveraged to put the final touches on one of this year's most anticipated MMORPGs prior to its launch later this year."

Key Features:

  • Large-Scale Battlegrounds - Including over 100 customizable 'Carriers' (large battle mounts) to develop for each faction
  • Marvelous Art Direction - Black Gold Online creates a visually stunning world, mixing Steampunk with High Fantasy in a clash of styles. Join the war as one of 6 races from the two rival factions.
  • True Hardcore PvP - Fight against opposing forces (as well as members of the same faction) across a variety of battlegrounds, arenas and 'Chambers of Greed'
  • Energy Well Battles - Join even larger struggles and form armies to fight for control of precious resources in large-scale faction and guild battles
  • Additional Upgrades - Revamped graphics, smoother textures, an updated User Interface and other mechanical changes

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