Guns of Icarus Online Gears Up for Closed Beta
Muse Games used Kickstarter to find both funding and beta testers for its upcoming steampunk airship combat game, Guns of Icarus Online. They have raised more than $35,000 from pre-orders and donations and recruited over 1,500 testers. Muse plans to have people starting the beta sometime next month. The early closed beta list is full, but if you want to get on the list for the open beta, sign up for the newsletter on the official Guns of Icarus website.
Story: Three hundred years ago was the beginning of the war, the Great War that never really ended. Cities were converted to war machines or rubble, citizens to soldiers or refugees, and the war raged until it consumed the world and turned the fertile plains to dust. Only when nations ceased to exist did they cease to send out armies and fleets to do battle, leaving those who remained, struggling not for dominance now but for survival, to regroup and rebuild among the ruins of the modern age. Where scattered survivors met they sometimes clashed, their skirmishes spasmodically reenacting the great wars in miniature, and they sometimes found a common interest and banded together, sheltering in makeshift camps. The largest of the camps became towns, and the largest of the towns became burgeoning cities, as slowly, life returned to the once-verdant wastes. When a man named Gabriel built the Icarus, the first airship, and sailed across the Burren, connecting the isolated towns, some said it was an atrocity; some said it was the future; and some said it would change everything. They were all right. Soon, others followed in his footsteps and built new airships, and a new age of commerce, and conflict, began. Humanity once again has the chance to fluorish, or to plunge once more into the greed and violence that already brought it to the edge of extinction.