SEGA Spiral Knights Beta Access Giveaway!

By Published March 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

The rattle and hum of clockwork machinery as cogs clumsily clash against gears has long been a part of gaming culture; sometimes classified as Steampunk (given the right backgrounds) and other times simply as 'clockwork,' these games have been a big part of our coverage lately. Now's your chance to test our game and level design theories about the clockwork framework, so to speak.

It's been too long since our last giveaway, and thanks to the guys over at Three Rings and SEGA, we have 500 preview copies of the new action-adventure, retro-inspired Spiral Knights MMO to give out! There's a lot more info below, but if you want to grab an account before reading the rest, go for it! That link will take you to the Spiral Knights beta sign-up, no codes involved.

You'll get to play as a "Spiral Knight" that has recently emerged from a crash landing, only to find himself on a strange world. The story is entirely centered around the survival of the individual Spiral Knights as they trek to the core of the clockwork world; better still, the world is entirely dynamic and "ever-changing." To quote the game's website, "The Clockworks cycle levels to explore in real time. Every moment of every day changes the world." Imaginatively, this makes perfect sense: the timely rotation of gears and cogs would result in precise-but-common manipulations to the world around them.

Daniel James of Three Rings says Spiral Knights "skips the stereotypical level grind for a co-op adventure that is focused on fun gameplay above all else." Sounds good to us. The game will feature a dynamically changing world that is artistically brought to life by retro-stylized art; the game is co-op friendly (up to four players per party) and has an entire arsenal of weaponry and equipment, and of course, a complete guild allegiance system. Specifically, guilds can "amass powerful minerals to transform the Clockworks!"

The game will remain free to play even after launch, so you won't have to give up your access when the beta ends. The game is presumably funded through micro transactions.

It's really simple, actually, it's only a URL that operates on a first-come basis. No contests, no emails, just register straight on the site -- if you're one of the first 500 that sees this, you get access instantly. In case you missed the first link, here's another. Be sure to send this article to your friends. The beta closes on Monday, so act now.

See you in the game!

Last modified on March 25, 2011 at 11:38 am
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