Sunday, March 25, 2012

Salem Beta Sign-Up

Salem is a game all about making a life in 17th Century New England. Players will craft, farm and build in a persistent open world where everyone is taking on the role of courageous colonists. This is not going to be a game for the casual. There will be open pvp, with repercussions, and permadeath (if you die your permanently dead). There will be civilized safe areas in the game where players will start building, but the farther they move away from that the more rewards can be found and the more danger they will be in. The world is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, among others who they contribute to the Gothic look of the game. The main point of the game is to take you, the colonist, and throw you out into a frontier and let you survive, thrive or die. It has some really fantastic ideas, like player driven justice, and complete player freedom.

Salem is being developed by Seatribe and published by the well known Paradox Interactive. It will be for PC and Linux and it is going to be free to play. Before I go on any further let me get straight to my original point of the post, other than overview. Salem is taking beta sign-up's, not sure how much longer, and all you need to do is head over to the their website and enter your name and email, so get on it and head on over there. The beta will be starting in April and they have a referral system set-up to ensure you beta access if you get three other players to sign up.  Now if you wish to read further I have several videos, some with gameplay, that describe the game a bit more thoroughly, seeing as to how they are the only source of information for Salem.

Here is their newest of videos which describes how players will go into the wilderness and how the farther away from civilization the more dangerous it will become. It is rather short, but it does have some gameplay. Take a look.

Now for a video about crime and punishment. This one explains how committing crimes within a settlement leaves evidence and people can track you down. It's also fairly short, but it does have some gameplay as well.

There are more videos explaining the game, but I will leave them out for now. There aren't very many other videos with any type of gameplay and the game does look a bit rough, but it looks very reminiscent of Ultima Online, in which cruel and awful things can happen, but players can also work together and make the best out of the world. I hope to get into the beta in April, in which case I will certainly write some impressions and do whatever I can, unless there is a non-disclosure agreement. Thanks for reading and I will leave several links below if you wish to check out Salem some more. 
Main Website:
Facebook Page:
Paradox Plaza Page:

Links to a few more videos: 
Video Interview from February of 2011
Seven Salem Videos on Paradox Plaza Youtube Channel

Also, feel free to get some referrals going in the comments, but seeing as to how many people don't comment here I can also refer you to Rock Paper Shotgun (where they have plenty of referrals) or a Reddit post about the Salem Beta. 

-Written by Sean Cargle


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