We got to see this one back at GDC, and played it during the closed beta period. The game does bring some innovations to the genre, including a player-level progression system and a map that's designed specifically for a three-person PvE experience. Unfortunately, the polish just isn't there yet, especially when compared to more established titles in the genre like the very popular League of Legends.
But then again, that's what a beta's for, right? No word on how long the beta will last, but given that it was supposed to start even earlier this spring, you can guess it'll probably be around as long as it needs to be.
Developer Opens the Doors to its Eagerly Anticipated MOBA; Everyone Participating in the Open Beta to Receive 1,000 Petroglyph Coins (worth over $10) and Exclusive Immortal Skin.
LAS VEGAS, NV – July 5, 2011 – Petroglyph® today opened the doors to its eagerly anticipated free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, Rise of Immortals™, for an open beta test, commencing the final phase of testing and development before the game's release in the coming weeks.
Rise of Immortals, an online, free-to-play PC game that expands on the hit MOBA genre with new, innovative features, is now open to anyone who is interested in getting a sneak peek at the game as it moves toward commercial launch this summer. Anyone interested in participating in the open beta test can register at http://www.riseofimmortals.com, and will be immediately invited to download the game and start playing.
In addition, Petroglyph also announced today that anyone who participates in the open beta test will receive 1,000 Petroglyph Coins at commercial launch (worth over $10), and an exclusive Immortal skin. The Immortal skin, a dazzling gold version of the robot-suited Psychozen, named "The King of Bling," will be available exclusively for open beta testers to enjoy both during the open beta, and as a complementary add-on to their account at launch.
"Petroglyph, with the help of thousands of our fans, has been testing the game in a closed beta for several months now. We're finally ready to show the game to the world as we polish it for launch," said Steve Wetherill, executive producer of Rise of Immortals for Petroglyph. "Beta players will see ground-breaking features that we've added to the game and which are new to the MOBA genre. From player versus environment maps to character persistence, we're confident that both MOBA newcomers and MOBA fans will find Rise of Immortals to be a fantastic new game."
Rise of Immortals is a free-to-play, micro-transaction-based online game that will be available via direct download. The game features the popular action-strategy gameplay of traditional MOBA games, but adds enhanced socialization features, along with persistent character progression – a first for the MOBA genre. In addition, Rise of Immortals features a social hub where players can show off their enhanced Immortals, chat, emote, browse leaderboards, shop, manage friend and guild lists and more. Players also have the option of taking their Immortals through cooperative Player versus Environment (PvE) scenarios to learn the game, try out new abilities, and earn persistent experience before jumping into Player versus Player (PvP) matches online.
Features of Rise of Immortals:
· 12 unique Immortals at launch with additional Immortals released on a regular basis
· Persistent per-Immortal level progression and skill trees
· Persistent artifacts for stat enhancements
· Player versus Environment instances with collectable items
· Player versus Player instances with up to 5v5 multiplayer
· Persistent experience and leveling in both PvP and PvE instances
· Account and Immortal statistics tracking
· Player hub instances for socialization
· Collectible pets for combat and vanity (post-launch feature)
· Rise of Immortals Website: http://www.riseofimmortals.com
· RoI on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/riseofimmortals
· RoI on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/riseofimmortals
· RoI on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/riseofimmortals
· RoI on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/riseofimmortals
Press Info: http://www.riseofimmortals.com/press
About Petroglyph Games, Inc.
Founded in 2003, Petroglyph Games, Inc. is an award-winning, independent game development studio located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Petroglyph team specializes in Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Online Real-Time Strategy (RTS) and Action/RPG games, leveraging the experience gained from developing original hit franchises for PC and consoles. Petroglyph uses their proprietary GLYPHXSM Online game engine, tools and technology to power their next-generation titles.
For more information about Petroglyph, please visit www.petroglyphgames.com.