Acclaim announced the Chinese history based MMORPG 9Dragons pre open beta has begun. 9Dragon has gone closed beta since September 4, 2006.
Dear 9Dragons Community,
We are pleased to announce the start of PRE OPEN BETA testing for all players! During this initial testing phase, there may still be some significant bugs, errors, and technical issues that leaked out as we patched the game to make it up-to-date. We could have delayed while we conducted internal testing of the latest patches, but this would only mean that you would wait longer. So instead, we decided to let you play now and help us look for any potential issues while enjoying the game.
All Closed Beta characters have been wiped. With the start of Pre Open Beta testing, all players will be creating new characters and starting from the very beginning. But after this, there will be no more character wipes! Our official Open Beta is scheduled for around mid-January when we will be patching in every last bit of content. But until then, we need you to help us test the game.
As promised, 9Dragons will be free to play for all players, supported by in-game advertising and item purchasing. Advertising will be done with respect for the player, and we will not delay the gaming experience at all. We were careful to insert ads only in locations where there was already a natural pause in the game. We realize that this is the only way to make the game both free and enjoyable to our players without being too distracting.
To play 9Dragons, you must first download and install the new Open Beta client available at http://9dragons.acclaim.com/downloads/9Dgame.htm .Please report any bugs and issues to the Report a Bug forum on the message boards at http://phpbb.acclaim.com/9dragons/viewforum.php?f=16. Thanks for your patience and help in testing 9Dragons! We hope you enjoy your 9Dragons gaming experience!
P.S. A special “thank you” goes out to all of our Closed Beta testers who were instrumental in helping us test earlier versions of the game. We are grateful for your time, effort, and constant support during the Closed Beta phase. We truly appreciate all of your help and the many hours you devoted to game testing and bug reporting!