Artix Entertainment, the indie game development studio that delivers download-free browser-based RPGs to 130 million users, announced the Beta release for HeroSmash, its newest MMORPG, scheduled to launch April 28th, 2011. The Beta release will be open to all players.
HeroSmash is an all new MMORPG where Super Villains and Heroes battle against each other for control of strategic locations and items within Super City. Players will choose to become evil Super Villains or good Heroes and fight to ensure their side’s victory.
The Alpha test-phase of the game was open for three months exclusively to members of the existing Artix Entertainment games. The game content was tested by over 200,000 players. The Beta release will open the game to the public, allowing all players to create an account and play the game. This release will introduce 4 new areas, dozens of new monsters, and hundreds of new in-game items including superpowers that were not available during the Alpha test-phase.
At the start of the Alpha Phase 3 test-phase of the game, Artix Entertainment started a contest where players could submit videos of themselves in costume acting as a Super Villain or Hero for a chance to be immortalized in HeroSmash as a quest giver, trainer, or shop keeper NPC. Starting with the HeroSmash Beta release, winners of the Who Wants to be an NPC? YouTube contest will be put in-game as NPCs. For more information on the contest, please visit http://www.herosmash.com/hs-npc.asp .
The HeroSmash game is unique from anything else seen in Artix Entertainment’s games. The characters are drawn in an original “vinyl” art-style and the game features real-time cooperative multiplayer combat. Players will be able to team up or fight solo to defeat monsters, complete quests and explore the player-driven storylines.