ARCANUM: OF STEAMWORKS & MAGICK OBSCURA OPEN BETA TEST ENROLLMENT TO BEGIN
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26!
"Chapter One" Beta Test gives hundreds a chance to play early release version.


Sierra Studios and Troika Games today announced that enrollment in the beta test for their upcoming role-playing game Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura will begin next Tuesday, September 26th. The "Chapter One" testing session will encompass the first 20% of the total content found in the single-player game.

Selection for the beta test is based on a variety of criteria: system specs, experience with other games, and skill in documenting suggestions and communicating them clearly. Beta testers will get a pre-release version of the game, and have access to a private message board to communicate directly with the developers at Troika Games.

More information about Arcanum can be found at http://arcanum.sierra.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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