Contently looking for beta testers, Otherland is an ambitious new MMORPG due for release in 2012, from gamigo and dtp entertainment. Based on the novel of the same name by Tad Williams, this incredibly elaborate free-to-play online game will be available to gamers in Europe and North America.

Development of the game – which is built on the Unreal 3 engine – began in 2006, and the action-packed, story-driven MMORPG will be distributed online by gamigo while dtp focuses on the boxed retail version.

Patrick Streppel is an Executive Board Member at gamigo:

“Otherland marks another milestone in gamigo’s history. As an up-and-coming AAA game in the free-to-play market, the game boasts superb graphics, fascinating scenarios and truly innovative gameplay. Otherland will be our flagship game in the coming year and will provide a unique game experience for players from Europe and North America.”

Featuring lush landscapes, highly-detailed character models and top-notch effects thanks to the state-of-the-art technology of the Unreal Engine 3, the developers had a wealth of material to draw upon when creating the highly-varied multiverses, with areas such as Eight Squared”, a classic medieval world with fairy-tale castles and massive chess pieces floating the air and Mars, barely a red wasteland but instead boasting impressive Oriental buildings. Additional worlds are already in development.

Combat in Otherland is likely to be challenging for seasoned MMOs, focusing on action and featuring long-range weapons such as bows or guns as well as weapons designed for melee combat such as clubs, swords and lances. Attacks are not aimed at a specific target, so sweeping blows or mighty swings will hit all enemies within range!

Socializing plays a huge role in Otherland.  In the colorful neon gorges of the “Lambda Mall”, players can make plans to meet up for a chat in one of the many bars to unwind from the hubbub of battle. They can also take part in a variety of mini-games such as dancing competitions or aerial combat. The Lambda Mall is a central meeting place, a shopping center and a place for relaxation, all rolled into one.

Those who prefer to have their own private place to relax can create their own little realm in “MyLand”. Throughout the multiverse, players can gather what is known as “eDNA” from opponents. After collecting enough eDNA, they will be able to place, among other things, creatures to protect them in the MyLand.

Registration for beta testing, which is scheduled to begin during early 2012, is now open at www.Otherland-Game.com, and you can get a taste of the game in the trailer below.