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Dragon's Prophet: Open Beta to Kick Off on May 30th

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,658MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that the open beta for Dragon's Prophet will begin on May 30th. In addition to this announcement, SOE has lifted the non-disclosure agreement for current closed beta testers who can now reveal their thoughts about the game.

Players will be transported to the dragon-filled, beautiful world of Auratia, where they can capture, train, ride, and fight hundreds of unique dragons. Dragon's Prophet features an action-based combat system that gives players visceral battle action gameplay. Set in a realm where dragons roam the land, sea and air, the game lets players band together to battle a variety of dragons as they work to restore order to the land from the evil Black Dragon that has escaped his eternal prison, and is more dangerous than ever. 

Learn more about the game on the Dragon's Prophet site.




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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    And, as long as we can confirm there will be no character wipes and SC shop will be open, you can bet we'll be starting our review.
  • kuroionikuroioni six feet under my rockPosts: 26Member Uncommon
    Great :) It's been awfully quiet lately, so this might be just the thing to break that dry spell just long enough for WildStar/BnS/ArcheAge/FFXIV to come out! :D

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  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,926Member Uncommon

    Wooh I can talk. It sucked! 

    Okay, vague and a very terrible and fail way to describe it I know, but yeah... I'll give it the benefit it lacked a lot of translations and all that, its fine and understandable since it was in beta. The rest just felt so... bleh and meh...

    I just wasn't all that impressed to be blunt. Maybe its just the character I was playing, it just didn't feel very smooth at all when I played with combat and just over-all a lackluster experience. Who knows though, perhaps it has improved a lot since I last played?

    Still, given an open beta, no reason for people not to go and check it out. :)

     
     
  • spawn12345spawn12345 MalmöPosts: 140Member Uncommon

    open beta 30 may? wtf?

    I played it some days ago and it felt like it was in an alpha state

  • codifiercodifier PoriPosts: 47Member
    Originally posted by spawn12345

    open beta 30 may? wtf?

    I played it some days ago and it felt like it was in an alpha state

    I so agree with u.

  • NickwisniNickwisni Wausau, WIPosts: 42Member
    Just my opinion but as there is no source for the information provided and it is not on SOE's website, I would not be posting anything about the game at all. All this is at this moment is speculation. Now I understand this is on other sites, but so far just a press release for what they are claiming is their source does not help us out for those that are in beta. I would prefer to hear it from the source.
  • udonudon Durham, NCPosts: 1,768Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by spawn12345

    open beta 30 may? wtf?

    I played it some days ago and it felt like it was in an alpha state

    My feeling exactly.  The mechanics are not bad but the game is very rough around the edges.  Most of the language translation isn't even completed on gear.  You find items all over the place with placeholder descriptions.  

    My impression from playing the game a few days ago was this is could be a very interesting game once they work out the kinks and smooth out the combat a bit.

    It would be a shame if SOE rushed this to market and cut short what could be a unique title.

  • udonudon Durham, NCPosts: 1,768Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by BillMurphy
    And, as long as we can confirm there will be no character wipes and SC shop will be open, you can bet we'll be starting our review.

    This is the kind of things I like to hear.  Thank you.

  • obocoboc Northglenn, COPosts: 189Member
    May 30th ? Is that a joke ? Like others have said, it still feels like alpha. I feel they need 4-6 months of cb testing still.
  • ErlijusErlijus Montreal, QCPosts: 95Member Uncommon

    I am very surprised, as others have expressed already. Game is nowhere near ready to be in Open beta, as we all know that those open betas are in fact soft launch for F2P games (no character wipes, and you get all the rewards of the pre-purchase at the start of open beta).

     

    Game is missing so many translation (lots of SYS_XXX string placehorlders), Fonts are still a vibrant mess IMHO (can still not get used to the font/size that Runewalker is using for their game). SOE probably has good marketing reasons to put the game in Open Beta so soon (from a revenue stand point), but this could backfire to them. What could have been a great game could be a "less-than-mehhh" game... Time will tell, we will see next week the quality of the build.

  • This game is being coded by runewaker, so it's no surprise that it isn't finished.  They also code runes of magic which has been out going on 5 years now and they STILL launch new zones/content without most of the thing finished.  I would get used to playing a partially finished always beta product, anything from runewaker will be like that.
  • sparky999sparky999 walton, KYPosts: 6Member
    Maybe they have a huge content patch coming when open beta releases so things are up to date/fixed from this alpha feel. I hope open beta is a good month long and then a char wipe to start fresh
  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,518Member Uncommon
    the game is a lot of fun, but hell even in the opening sequences there are system00122450 placeholders for names.  Its no where near ready.  But honestly I enjoyed this gameplay way more then 2 of the other games I have an NDA on right now.
  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,222Member Uncommon

    I'm glad the NDA is lifted.  So far I really like the game.  It's an action oriented combat style and I found the classes fun.

    I'm not sure how the cash shop is going to be at this point, but it seems mostly in line with SoE's style in EQ2 only without the sub option:  Lots of little fees to unlock stuff, but nothing that seemed outrageous.

    There is a lot of translation work left and some class balancing issues.  They keep messing around with mobility for the ranger, as an example, which makes it hard to get a feel for whether I'll like the class or not.  The oracle is a fun melee/magic hybrid that is a lot of fun.

    Some of the other stuff in limbo that makes me feel uncertain is pvp tied to housing and large guilds spawn camping rare dragons.  Neither of those will go over well so I'm not sure why they're choosing those design decisions.

    It's definitely worth the download to check out though.

  • AbrrahamAbrraham KopenhagenPosts: 149Member
    This game is really far from being finished, even Neverwinter felt much farther...I've expected more from Runewaker .
  • DogblasterDogblaster PraguePosts: 491Member

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAYIA-HXAQ

    dragons prophet devs - about open beta, etc.

  • EtherignisEtherignis philadelphia, PAPosts: 246Member
    The game is bland, SOE just trying too make a quick buck thats why they are rushing this game still needs work.
  • gunmanvladgunmanvlad BucharestPosts: 250Member Uncommon

    Unless their internal client is ages apart from their Closed Beta client (a.k.a. if they've been holding out on 95% of updates), then the game will be highly problematic.

     

    The combat felt choppy, no attacks seemed to connect. "Unbalanced classes" is an amazing understatement. Optimization was lacking, to say the least. And translation was only 50% done. Oh and quests are basically the now ancient F2P/WoW style yellow exclamation mark, no voice, ultra-wall-of-amazing-text. XP levels on quests are awkward, and broken.

     

    The only good things I could say about the game are the sheer number of dragons and the pretty fun community (expect Neverwinter-like community after the game launches tho).

     

    Hope they indeed kept most updates in-house and Open Beta will be mostly fixed tho...game has potential.

  • FireWalkWithmeFireWalkWithme Jacksonville, FLPosts: 17Member

    The game is seriously hideous! I was excited about it, and then I played the CBT and it was AWFUL! The graphics were something out of a ps2 game. Graphics aren't everything but I just couldn't stomach it. Animations were cringe worthy and the gameplay was generic and lackluster.

    Don't expect this game to be around for long. I tried to voice my opinions in the game on world chat and got flamed by fanboys who used the famous "It's a beta" excuse. I know damn well the graphics and gameplay will NOT change, especially since it's going into open beta now.

  • InsaneDalekInsaneDalek Detroit, MIPosts: 119Member

    Is this a joke? The game is nowhere near ready! The animations are still rough, placeholder names for items / locations / NPCs abound, mob distribution & balancing needs a ton of work, classes need balancing, combat needs work....

    This game is in a very, very, very early stage beta. To go open now is just absolutely stupid. Who the hell made this harebrained decision? Going to open now is a death sentence for the game, plain and simple.

    Guess that's $40 down the crapper.

    It's a sad day indeed when a family is too afraid of reprisals to publicly thank somebody for saving their lives.

  • DogblasterDogblaster PraguePosts: 491Member
    Originally posted by dellamorte666

    The game is seriously hideous! I was excited about it, and then I played the CBT and it was AWFUL! The graphics were something out of a ps2 game. Graphics aren't everything but I just couldn't stomach it. Animations were cringe worthy and the gameplay was generic and lackluster.

    Don't expect this game to be around for long. I tried to voice my opinions in the game on world chat and got flamed by fanboys who used the famous "It's a beta" excuse. I know damn well the graphics and gameplay will NOT change, especially since it's going into open beta now.

    You call this ugly?

    http://www.gamershell.com/pc/dragons_prophet/screenshots.html?id=708941

    It doesnt have the best mmo graphic, but its far from ugly.

     
  • Sho0terMcgavinSho0terMcgavin Harrisburg, PAPosts: 301Member
    Originally posted by Dogblaster
    Originally posted by dellamorte666

    The game is seriously hideous! I was excited about it, and then I played the CBT and it was AWFUL! The graphics were something out of a ps2 game. Graphics aren't everything but I just couldn't stomach it. Animations were cringe worthy and the gameplay was generic and lackluster.

    Don't expect this game to be around for long. I tried to voice my opinions in the game on world chat and got flamed by fanboys who used the famous "It's a beta" excuse. I know damn well the graphics and gameplay will NOT change, especially since it's going into open beta now.

    You call this ugly?

    http://www.gamershell.com/pc/dragons_prophet/screenshots.html?id=708941

    It doesnt have the best mmo graphic, but its far from ugly.

     

     

         Sorry man, I have to agree with Dellamorte666.  This game looks like it was a launch title for Dreamcast.  It honestly feels like a crap game all the way through.  I'm honestly surprised how many people like this game.  I guess more power to you.

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  • jpaprockijpaprocki Davisville, WVPosts: 273Member Uncommon

    I was really surprised it went OB so soon.  For a F2P I,m enjoying it.  It's doesn't have the flashy Aion type graphics, but if I wanted that I would play Aion.   The mechanics need some adjusting, but they aren't game breaking and the main focus of this are dragons anyway and I'm really enjoying that aspect of it.

    Best advice I could give is download it and give it a try when it goes ob and decide for yourself.

    I'm not an IT Specialist, Game Developer, or Clairvoyant in real life, but like others on here, I play one on the internet.

  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    When I played it I had to uninstall because the combat was so messed up. The mage class literally can't cast a spell without freezing up. They desperately need to fix it. No way this game is ready for Open Beta,

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  • FireWalkWithmeFireWalkWithme Jacksonville, FLPosts: 17Member
    Originally posted by Dogblaster
    Originally posted by dellamorte666

    The game is seriously hideous! I was excited about it, and then I played the CBT and it was AWFUL! The graphics were something out of a ps2 game. Graphics aren't everything but I just couldn't stomach it. Animations were cringe worthy and the gameplay was generic and lackluster.

    Don't expect this game to be around for long. I tried to voice my opinions in the game on world chat and got flamed by fanboys who used the famous "It's a beta" excuse. I know damn well the graphics and gameplay will NOT change, especially since it's going into open beta now.

    You call this ugly?

    http://www.gamershell.com/pc/dragons_prophet/screenshots.html?id=708941

    It doesnt have the best mmo graphic, but its far from ugly.

     

    Screenshots like that are what suckered me in. When I actually played the game it looked nothing like that. Same thing with WarZ

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