August 2 nd, 2012 – Xiamen
After two successful Alpha Tests, Mechanist Games is announcing their third Alpha test weekend for their debut title, City of Steam. Based on the table-top book series, The New Epoch by David Lindsay, City of Steam is a full-featured, browser-based 3D MMORPG that transports players fleeing their troubled homelands to the once powerful, now declining metropolis of Nexus. In an age where mechanical technology and steam-work blur with magic, heroes battle mutant beasts and mechanically enhanced abominations while exploring the forgotten horrors and treasures of a once great civilization. Hundreds of quests have been designed to lead players through ancient ruins, searching for spoils dated back hundreds of chronicles in order to piece together the mysteries of their lost past.
Alpha Tests 1 and 2 saw the release of human and elven races with four classes for players to customize. During tests, Mechanist Games invited player feedback and were overwhelmed with positive responses as well as helpful bug reports and suggestions. In-game contests were awarded through the forum, with the City of Steam community appreciating the open communication and approachability of the developers.
Despite initial plans to feature all 3 greenskin races (goblins, hobbes, orcs) in this test, the small development team were regrettably only able to feature goblins for this weekend. However, the unique City of Steam goblins have shown to be one of the most highly anticipated player races in the game. In even better news, Mechanist has announced a fourth upcoming Alpha weekend which will have all 9 races, more daily quests and even more content made available.
As in past Alpha weekends, several in-game and forum contests will be held, with merchandise, game rewards and supporter packs to be won. These contests will include scavenger hunts, video contests, most bug reports, most shillings and keys found, and highest levels achieved during the test. Several hidden contests will also be revealed after the weekend with announcements made on the active game forum.
Those who purchased the higher level supporter packs were treated with a surprise by being allowed to design not only new items but new armor as well. A developer journal was posted detailing the exchange and making the same offer for the first 10 contributors of their Paragon pack.
Servers will open at 19:00 PDT (22:00 EDT) on Friday, August 3 rd. Previous alpha keys will still be active, with more keys available through partner sites at www.cityofsteam.com for those who may have missed out. To support game development and to guarantee Alpha key priority, several supporter packs are available which include merchandise and unique character customization options.
With a strong community focus, Mechanist Games invites players to join in and discuss feedback and suggestions with the developers, who actively and routinely contribute to the site forum. To subscribe, get more information, and join in on the forum discussions, be sure to check out the City of Steam website and sign up to their newsletter to receive alpha keys and notification of further test dates.