After being delayed for around a year due to upgrading the game’s engine, Perfect World’s Swordsman Online is finally set to enter its first beta phase on 20th March 2013, lasting just a week.
To celebrate this milestone, players in this test phase will be able to collect points (unclear) via leveling up, completing quests, dungeons, PvP arena and more. Players with the highest number will then be rewarded with prizes during Open Beta.
Swordsman Online has tons of features which stay true to classic Asian martial arts movies and dramas, such as qinggong, attacking traders or protecting them, assassinate targets at night, disguise as a commoner to avoid detection, miracle quests, ultimate pugilist skills and more.
Combat will not be the classic Perfect World “stand and attack” template, with players needing to have an acute sense of direction, dodging, activating stances etc. While not a full action combat system like Dragon Nest’s, players can look forward to attacking targets while on the move.
It is not going to be easy getting a beta key, and I am sure I will not be able to get one. Hopefully, my contacts there will somehow “steal” a code for me… T___T