Drakensang Online Beta Is Open Beta Open

LOGO! That's the stuff.
The men of Bigpoint send word that their Diablo-like MMO based on the Drakensang games (ish) has entered the open phase of its beta activities. I had a moderate amount of fun with it when I played in the closed beta – you can read my account here – and reports are that it’s developed a fair bit since then. You can sign up for it here. There’s also a lovely trailer to tie up this post with a bow, below.


  1. RianXD says:

    Love this post. This post i love.

    • RianXD says:

      ive just played a few hours of it and i can say one thing.


      its nothing like the drakensang games i came to love. it more like a poor mans titan’s quest. :(

      oh well…ill twiddle my thumbs till GW2.

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  2. MrXswift says:

    i played to lvl 8 and i start to see where i might have to pay for the game not to become annoying …

    i think its more a casual game..
    graphics and the gameplay are ok not good nor bad..
    the chat sucks and i didnt see a friends list

  3. Wizardry says:

    A great opportunity to make a The Dark Eye MMO and they make a Diablo clone?

    • D3xter says:

      It’s what you get when a game developer like Radon Labs that did Drakensang and Drakensang 2 gets bought out by a Browser Game Developer because their games didn’t sell enough…

      It’s a real fucking shame is what it is xD

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Nah, remember, they don’t have the license anymore. It’s called Drakensang and it’s made by German people; otherwise, there’s little connection. No DSA, no Aventuria. Just a generic action RPG with a fancy name.

      Don’t worry though, the still-licensed Demonicon looks crap as well.

    • Wizardry says:

      So it looks like Realms of Arkania: Star Trail will remain the best DSA video game for the foreseeable future. Just look how far gaming has come in 17 years…

    • BeamSplashX says:

      I heard Drakensang 2 was quite good. Did I hear wrong?

    • Wizardry says:

      The River of Time? It’s pretty good. Much better than the first one. Still, nowhere near as good as the Realms of Arkania series.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Titles like Realms of Arkania: Star Trail, really put me off them. That sounds like a piss take pretending to be geeky name.

    • Wizardry says:

      What’s wrong with it? Realms of Arkania equals the series name, Star Trail equals the game name. Much like The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar.

      The list of games that don’t put you off must be quite small indeed. I feel sorry for you.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      That is a pretty odd complaint, Doc.* Maybe if it was called The Magical Realm of Arkania: Prophesied Trail of the Legendary Sunstars… OF LEGEND.

      Though I think I’d play something with that title out of sheer morbid curiosity.

  4. ScubaMonster says:

    Its a decent Diablo clone but its pretty rough around the edges right now (though not nearly as bad as it was). But as with all F2P games it will probably be killed with the item shop.

    Just wait for Torchlight 2, not really worth the bother.

    • chiablo says:

      Speaking of Torchlight 2… what happened? I thought it was going to be out in July. Now the news about it is completely dried up.

    • Flame_US3r says:

      I spoke with a Runic dev at the last barcraft in Seattle. Torchlight 2 is being worked on. That’s all he would say. Wikipedia still says ‘sometime in 2011.’

    • Xocrates says:

      @chiablo: Actually, I follow Runic on twitter, and they release updates fairly often. They even announced one of the classes on friday.

      No idea how long until the game actually comes out however.

  5. CaspianRoach says:

    The important question is: Can I play it offline?

    • BeamSplashX says:

      Though there are a lot of sarcastic responses that can be made here, I thought it might be pertinent to mention that I played Phantasy Star Online offline for 8-ish years before finally trying a free server. Then again, the Gamecube version had splitscreen offline play.

    • solaris999 says:

      BeamSplash, I thought I was the only one! Much of my teenage life was spent grinding through multiplayer PSO, getting through Forest 1-3 and maybe Cave 1 or 2 before having to turn off the system and start again a day or so later… Oh the memories – here’s to PSO 2 being more of the same!

  6. Chris Evans says:

    As long as it isn’t as boring as the single player Drakensang, god that was a boring game =/

  7. Tei says:

    Wow.. this quality of graphics in a java game is a nice achievement. Also the artwork is great. Too bad maybe a diablo-like game is a theme that has ben already explored by other games.

    • GLSteve says:

      You base whether or not to play a game on the music they choose for the trailer?

      I didn’t play it because I can’t pronounce the games name…

  8. thepaleking says:

    The Drakensang games have been the only fantasy RPGs to have sparked an interest in me since The Witcher, but I liked them because of the non-combat elements. Since this seems to be focusing solely on the combat…ehhhhhhhhhhhh

  9. ZIGS says:

    I like how this is a browser game and looks better than Diablo 3

  10. luckystriker says:

    I approve of any game that I can play from my office pc, but this is only *OK*. Much rather play Realm of the Mad God I think.

  11. Mikkoeronen says:

    Hmm is there any other way to login than via Facebook account? I’m not in Facebook!

    Edit: Pfft. I missed the huge button in the middle of the page.

  12. Vexing Vision says:

    It’s a brilliant and incredibly impressive tech demo.

    It’s a poor and underwhelming gameplay experience.

  13. Nogusta says:

    I gave this game an extremely decent try. My verdict is a resounding NO. If you are looking to have any sort of fun whatsoever DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME. The graphics aren’t actually great at all and you cannot buy even the most basic necessity without real money currency. This game is probably the worst offense of trying to abuse a free to play community to hand over money I have ever seen. You can’t even use skills in this game without losing real money. It is absolutely insulting to think they would charge $150 to expand your inventory to its maximum.