Wizardry Online is a hardcore MMO. From insane difficulty, puzzles and traps to the risk of permadeath, this MMO is going to offer a challenge for any RPG player.
There are four classes available, Fighter, Priest, Mage and Thief, but a unique class change ability unlocked later in the game will allow you to keep some of your previous class's skill to mix and match. For example, you can switch from a Fighter to a Priest (or vice versa) to create a pseudo Paladin class.
Players are used to the standard MMO leveling system, with a max level cap of 99, but there is also a Soul that is shared across all characters on an account. This Soul Level takes a little longer to increase than the character level and unlocks different abilities, including the class change and open world PvP -- available at Soul Level 2.
Yes, that's right. Open world PvP and Permadeath. But don't worry too much, permadeath is not something that always happens. Upon death you will be brought forth in front of a death statue that will weigh the value of your life and death. Sacrificing loot to this statue will improve the likelihood of survival. However, fail the life roll and you can kiss that character goodbye.
PvP has its consequences. Killing other players will increase a bandit reputation, which will eventually make the guards hate you and arrest you on sight. The kicker? Guards surround the NPC who upgrades your Soul Level, which gates character leveling. Kill too many players and you will be blocked from further progression until your bandit rep slowly fades away -- unless you can sneak in. This sets up a nice Risk/Reward. Do you kill a player to steal his loot or leave the other players alive and keep leveling?
PvP Bounties, 10 dungeons with 40 floors, 5 playable races, and a game that fans of the original Wizardry will be excited for. Can't wait to check out this F2P MMO? ZAM has you covered. We have partnered with SOE to bring you a Wizardry Online Beta Key Giveaway. Grab a key to gain access to the closed beta that is running now!
Matt "Mattsta" Adams