City of Steam, a free-to-play, browser-based industrial age fantasy 3D game has been announced for early access Beta on May 10th.
The early access Beta will act as a proving ground for many of the game’s new features, as well as improvements based on player feedback from previous tests.
With a relatively small team tackling such an ambitious project, Mechanist Games has shown to be highly receptive to community-driven development: drawing much support and inspiration from their fans. Features such as abilities, airship levels and streamlined UI designs came directly from popular player input. In partnership with R2Games, City of Steam is ready to take its next step and be released to the world.
Throughout the Beta, the game will be regularly updated and built upon, up to an Open Beta version expected for release shortly thereafter. In the remaining few weeks leading up to Beta, they will be releasing additional Developer Journals and news posts about game changes and content on the website.
City of Steam has increasingly found itself in the spotlight over the past few months, featured on a number of top anticipated game lists for this year, including, among others, Forbes, Massively, and ZAM. The game’s reception from both players and media during PAX East and GDC 2013 was highly positive. A client version of City of Steam was also recently approved for Valve’s digital distribution service Steam through the Greenlight process, for which Mechanist Games thanked the community here.
Players interested in participating in the Beta can register an account and get more information about getting early access on the official City of Steam website at http://cos.r2games.com.