Otherland alpha sign ups available

Tom Hatfield at

If you're like me, you were probably intrigued by the first Otherland trailers, which showed off a game based around playing an MMO within an MMO. Based on the sci-fi novels of Tad Williams, Otherland is about a world dominated by virtual realities accessed through cyberspace. Just like the real world then, only much cooler.

Now Massively are reporting that publishers Gamigo are letting people sign up to alpha test the new MMO. "But Tom!" I hear you cry, "What's the difference between this and a closed beta?" Well mysterious internet voice, Gamigo say: "As an alpha tester, you will be asked to focus-test specific game elements, document your user experience, and fill out in-depth surveys each week." It seems much harder and more demanding than playing a beta, more akin to the work of professional Q&A testers than general gamers.

Still, if you're up for a bit of hard work, this could be your chance to get a first look at some of the most unusual and imaginative MMOs I've ever seen. Full details of how to apply can be found on the Gamigo forums. Good luck!

Gamigo services affected by "illegal intrusion"

Tom Senior at

It looks as though German MMO publisher, Gamigo, has been hit by hackers. Trying to access their site brings up a publisher message saying that the company have "detected an illegal intrusion" into the gamigo Account System, and have "turned off all possibly affected services to investigate."

Otherland trailer shows worlds within worlds

Tom Hatfield at

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This new trailer for Otherland is one of the most unusual we've ever seen. The game is based on the Otherland books by Tad Williams, which are set in a kind of shared cyberspace with a whole array of virtual worlds. As such, Otherland looks like it has at least four or five other MMOs inside the one you're actually playing. Christopher Nolan would be proud.

Otherland will be free to play, and is slated for release in 2012.

Black Prophecy dev writes to players

Matt Purslow at

A member of Gamigo - the developers behind free-to-play space-faring MMO Black Prophecy - has written to the game's community, telling of current progress and the company's hopes for its future. Read on for the full details.