Citadel has announced that Shards Online’s third pre-alpha phase will soft launch for all backers at the $75 tier and above on December 3rd. All backers at $40 and above will get access on December 10th. Pre-alpha 3 is “one of the biggest updates to the game since we fully funded its development,” according to Citadel CEO Derek Brinkmann.
PA3 will see the cluster system go live, which is a “key step toward the vision of Shards‘ interconnected worlds,” since it will allow admins to connect maps and games and ultimately realize larger player-run universes.
Most of the game system tweaks in PA3 involve controls and the new player experience. You can get a glimpse of what that’s all about via the video after the cut.