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Alfheim Tales Online, the “anime-infused fantasy MMO,” is ready to welcome new adventurers to its mysterious realms as the game enters its open beta phase this Wednesday, Dec. 11.
It seems like there’s a new free-to-play MMORPG hitting the interwebs every other week these days, and I’m not saying that as if it’s a bad thing. More games means more options for players to find something that truly fits their online gaming desires and, hey, $0 to get started isn’t exactly an opening price point you can argue with.
“For those on the lookout for an MMO featuring a heavy anime slant as well as an action-packed gameplay experience, trust me, you absolutely don’t want to miss out on this news,” reads a statement developer Ray Media Group. “Alfheim Tales Online, a 3D fantasy MMORPG bearing the four elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth, the duel class system and diverse pets is entering open beta [on Dec. 11] at 10 a.m. GMT.”
As is typically the case with these types of games, the developer stresses that participation in the beta test is the only way players can guarantee their new game goes off without a hitch and gets even better in the coming months. As for what this particular MMO has to offer, well, the official beta launch announcement has a few details on the matter.
“Set in a fascinating wonderland of sprites with all the mythological tales serving as the background, the game creates a beautiful animated world by using the latest full 3D visual rendering technology, in which players get to venture along with their mounts in a stylish fashion—lovely costumes, dazzling equipment and weapons, hundreds of adorable pets of different races and sparkling fireworks,” reads the press release.
Okay, so, pretty much everything sounds like it’ll be par for the course (except for that random bit about fireworks, of course) but, again, for zero dollars, it certainly can’t hurt to take Alfheim for a spin. The name of the game and the setup sounds an awful lot like the MMO featured in the second season of the anime Sword Art Online, but all of the game assets I’ve seen so far actually look more like a chibi version of , so, World of Warcraft. It’s bright, colorful and actually looks like a lot of time was spent just making the game look nice.
Ray Media seems especially proud of the Pet System, saying that the “Pet Profile” provides a diverse evolution map for players to help their pets grow into more interesting and helpful species. And there’s also a cultivating system that “will help you raise your own special pet that’s definitely one of a kind,” whatever that means.
Ready to stop reading and just give the game a try? Head on over to the official site, get registered and, come Dec. 11, get to playing.