Skyforge’s closed beta test is now live

Choo-choo! The Skyforge closed beta train is pulling into the station, and eager testers are being welcomed aboard.

If you’re one of the lucky recipients of a beta key, either from a founder’s pack or from a drawing, then you can go ahead and download the client right now. The beta test begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT today on both North American and European servers.

This first closed beta test for the west will feature five classes, three world zones, eight solo adventures, two group adventures, and two PvP arenas. This first test will run through March 18th.

Update: The Skyforge team delayed the beta by a few hours while it investigated authentication issues. As I type this, the EU server is up and the NA server should be up soon. The team has put out a new dev diary covering raids; it’s embeded below.

[Source: Skyforge, YouTube. Thanks to Strana for the tip!]
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notfrancois
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notfrancois

Pashgan notfrancois I agree about the balance of class based games (per class) but as long as players can choose/switch their class I’m fine with it.

My problem is the undisputed HP strong vertical growth in PvP.  

2 times HP comes with more or less with 2 times DPS in vertical MMORPGs . So if a player A have 2 times HP it’s roughly a 4  players against 1  fight, that’s a lot for “balance” 

MOBAs are class based but despite their class imbalance they are still 1 vs 1 as HP/DPS si roughly the same.

As Skyforge adverstised itself being level less I wondered if there where at least one “levelled”activity like GW2 sPvP or all Mobas etc.

Pashgan
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Pashgan

notfrancois Pashgan Yesterday there were new article and video about raids (or maybe I’ve read it in the article about pantheons/guilds) – there will be 50×50 fights. I guess there won’t be any limits – to prevent days-long queues.
Still I’m sure MMORPG PvP is forever imbalanced, broken by invisibility, stun locks, disarms, snares, etc. and generally does not worth any attention let alone game focus on it. There are tons of good PvP shooters including third person with RPG elements (APB for example).

notfrancois
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notfrancois

Pashgan I’d love to know if there are activities where players are not separated by “time played’ = “how big is your Health Bar / DPS”. The little I’ve seen on Twitch there were huge HP differences between streamers so I’d just like to know if there is at least one or two “levelled”/”fair play'” activities (like GW2 sPvP for example).

nynjasquirrel
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nynjasquirrel

theeknighthood It’s about 8gb download.

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Pashgan If even you are giving it positive praise I am looking more forward to trying it out :)

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Oh crap, I have been really looking forward to this and got a founder pack and then last night I forgot to check to see if I could begin the download (New Zealand time zone always mucks me around)
Now I will have to wait till I get home before I can start the download and probably can’t play till tomorrow as I presume it is rather large :(

nynjasquirrel
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nynjasquirrel

Siphaed Is there a rule that says there has to be a decent percentage of random invites…? Why not just have a paid beta test?

Pashgan
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Pashgan

5 hours after start EU servers works fine, NA still output errors. Nonetheless it’s the best candidate for “game of the year” title so far. Animations and graphics are superb – and it turned out gameplay is more fun than I thought after previous test (just use F for target lock and run around target). Whoever decided to save $20 (cost of movie ticket) on basic founder pack is making huge mistake.

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karmamule

Makovorn At a high level it may feel the MMO genre is lacking true innovation (with PVP/sandbox being the new FOTM), but within what we have there is still lots of fun to be had.  I mostly play ESO but still can’t resist dabbling in GW2, FFXIV, and of course as you mentioned TSW as well.  Oh, and I keep meaning to get back to check out what Star Trek Online is like these days.  Oh, and play some of the main class storylines in SWTOR I never did.  Oh, and fool around in CU alpha and check in on SOTA on occasion and And AND……  

So, given all that, of course I had to do a founder pack for Skyforge too cuz I’m an idiot.

Makovorn
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Makovorn

Seems like an interesting title – I’ve followed most of the news surrounding Skyforge’s development. However, I feel very spoiled for choice at the moment. Between ESO’s B2P conversion in a few days (and the massive update to add to that), to GW2’s upcoming camera fixes & expac, and TSW’s new update, I don’t particularly feel the need to buy into the Skyforge’s beta.
I’ll likely give it a go if there’s an open beta later on.