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BattleForge Open Beta

EA announces open beta testing of BattleForge, their RTS game based on virtual collector's cards that will go live later this month on March 24. You can sign up for the beta on the BattleForge Website, and here's word on the open beta:

The open beta players will have access to all 200 BattleForge cards and all maps in the game. Everyone who takes part in the beta will get the bonus, upgraded Firedancer unit that will be available after launch. Players who pre-order BattleForge from participating retailers will receive four, exclusive units, one from each faction to jump start their decks.

BattleForge combines fast-paced strategy with a digital trading card mechanic in a dynamic online environment. Players use virtual trading cards to build custom armies and lay waste to their foes. Combining the strategic, real-time gameplay of classics such as Command & ConquerTM with a fully enabled, online collectible community, BattleForge is a breath of fresh air in the strategy genre. With an all-new style of play that is more accessible for casual gamers, BattleForge also offers a rich, deep gameplay experience that veteran RTS players seek. The collectable cards are the tools of war -- each representing a spell, building or unit that is conjured directly onto the battlefield in stunning 3D graphics.

BattleForge features single-player scenarios and cooperative scenarios for 2 to 12 players, as well as Player vs. Player (PvP) ranked and unranked duels. With co-op play, guilds, chat rooms, and a robust marketplace featuring direct trade, an auction hall, and in-game mail, BattleForge is the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS. Let the battles begin!

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4. Re: BattleForge Open Beta Mar 10, 2009, 21:49 theyarecomingforyou
I thought it was a blast, especially when you're working with three other players on Advanced levels - it requires teamwork or else you just don't get anywhere. It some respects it reminds me of the original Warcraft, though obviously without the base building. It plays much like DOWII but with more units.

If EA puts this on Steam and gets around to releasing their games here in the UK then I'll probably pick it up. Unfortunately that doesn't seem likely. Shame, because it's a bit of casual fun with the addition of strategy in the form of deck selection. Still, I miss the days of Age Of Empires when it comes to RTS games...
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3. Re: BattleForge Open Beta Mar 10, 2009, 19:53 Nate
I just could not like this game. Controls are clunky and aggravating. Missions were not fun. Didn't try the multiplayer.  
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2. Re: BattleForge Open Beta Mar 10, 2009, 18:04 Marvin T. Martian
BattleForge is the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS.

Actually SAGA was the first.

But EA's game will likely be more polished with less server issues (even though they stole the idea from Silverload).

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1. Re: BattleForge Open Beta Mar 10, 2009, 11:02 Kxmode
If you're lucky you'll get the coveted card Free of Chains that when put into play removes DRM from the client, and all other EA titles.  
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