Rusty Hearts is an impressive achievement. It boasts high quality production values yet is completely free to play, with premium items on offer largely being of the vanity or timesaver varieties. It's a fun multiplayer dungeon crawler taking inspiration from Devil May Cry, World of Warcraft and the Castlevania series along the way, and is a little different from your typical MMO with its attractive cel shaded anime style graphics, gothic rock soundtrack and brawler-style dungeon structure.
Those who were lucky enough to get into the closed beta have been playing the game for some time now, but Perfect World has announced today that the game will be opening up to the public on September 13 for both North American and European players.
The closed beta has provided an excellent source of feedback for publisher Perfect World and developer Windysoft to adjust the gameplay systems, and the company has already made some significant changes to the game to accommodate player requests. The controversial "Stamina" system, which limited the number of XP-gaining dungeon runs a player could do per day, for example, has been completely removed, and fully customizable gamepad controls have been added.
The open beta adds a completely new hub world, new dungeons, a higher level cap and a narrative which explores the game's lead characters in greater detail. It's going to be an exciting game to be a part of -- and since it's free, there's certainly no risk in at least giving it a go.
Find out more about the game prior to the open beta start date of September 13 by checking out the official website.