Legends of Aria hopes to recruit newbies to test the game with free trial keys

It’s Bring-a-Friend Week in Legends of Aria, but you’re going to need a working email account. That’s because Citadel Studios wants you to email it directly to request trial keys for you and your buddies, which is probably a crazy plan for the studio rep handling that job, although it might be a better way to get keys to people who will actually test the game instead of to people who will just put them for sale on a Russian key website or something.

In light of that, we apologize for making Sanya Weathers’ day harder, but you guys, free keys. There are some caveats, of course; Citadel is specifically looking for people who will provide feedback on the UI and the newbie learning curve.

“We are patching this week, with some major fixes to combat and loot,” she writes. “Make sure your friend understands, this is a closed beta and things are changing every week. Also, with the server wipe coming next month, the population is low. Most people don’t want to invest much in a character that will literally cease to exist in a matter of days. This is a chance to play and do crazy stuff just for fun.”

Legends of Aria, you’ll recall, was once known as Shards Online, but a year ago it changed its name as well as its focus, and it’s now a full-fledged MMORPG. It survived its closed beta and is moving toward open beta this summer. We checked out the game at this year’s GDC and then again at PAX East; both writers came away impressed with how far it’s come.

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Roger Melly

I got my key today . Unfortunately the code they sent me allowed me to create an account and download the game but when it came time to access the game itself it didn’t work anymore . I have emailed them to see if they can sort this out for me .

Shame I was looking forward to trying it .

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humansdorp

Why are you so rasict towards russians bree? Key selling is common across America and European nations aswell.

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Fisty

I wish I had buddies :(

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Thomas Zervogiannis

If you are your own friend — if you just want to try it yourself, not because you have a friend playing, well, welcome to you! We hope all of you love Legends of Aria.

From their page :) You can be your own buddy and get a key for yourself.

Them naming it “Bring-a-friend” week sure isn’t the best idea. It confuses lots of people who might shrug it off by mistaking it as a referral scheme.

Solaris
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Solaris

I really love this MMO. This is as close to UO as we’ll ever get.

Minimalistway
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Minimalistway

I’m interested but … i don’t like PVP, so is there PVE servers?

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shibby523

The official server has PvE and PvP zones. You could play without ever going into the PvP areas, though if you are a crafter you’d have to buy some of your mats from other players that do go into PvP areas.

Solaris
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Solaris

Server Admins make their own server rulesets. So there will be unofficial PvE servers. Possibly an official one I have not heard.