Sierra Announces Arcanum Beta
BETA TEST FOR ARCANUM COMING THIS SEPTEMBER
Sierra Studios and Troika Games today announced a public beta program for their
upcoming role-playing game Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura. The
public beta will begin in September, and will give gamers access to some of
the 19 major environments within the land of Arcanum, along with scores of dungeons
and quests to explore. Testers will also be given a private online forum on
which to discuss the game with the developers, give feedback and suggestions,
and report bugs.
To fully incorporate feedback from the beta program, Arcanum will be released
in February of 2001. In addition, Sierra and Troika will release a playable
demo of the game this winter.
More information about Arcanum can be found at www.arcanum1.com Arcanum is the
first game to come from the development house Troika Games, LLC, started by
former Fallout(r) team members Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky, and Jason Anderson.
The experienced Arcanum development team reunites many of the original development
team from the critically acclaimed Fallout(r) and Fallout 2(r) RPGs.
Arcanum creates a compelling new world where magic and technology coexist
in an uneasy balance. As Arcanum opens, the mechanical age has only recently
arrived in this ancient land where Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and other races
have learned to coexist in the new sprawling industrialized cities. But this
radical shift from magic to technology has created a potentially explosive situation.
While the townspeople and other thinkers begin mass production of light bulbs,
batteries, eyeglasses and guns, the Mages grow leery. This tightly-wound setting
is the starting point from which the character must set out on his quest.
Arcanum allows gamers to assume the role of multiple pre-existing characters
or create their own, and provides many paths to explore the game world, ensuring
the highest degree of replayability. Meanwhile, the multiplayer component extends
the life of the game and appeals to a large fan base that enjoys cooperative
and competitive play.
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