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Captains of DarkTide adds PvP

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Now in open beta, Captains of DarkTide has added a new feature for players: PvP battles.

The first PvP zone, called Battlegrave, has been introduced and offers a king-of-the-hill style map for players to battle it out. If a player’s ship is sunk, they can watch from the waters as they slowly rebuild, or teleport to the edge of the zone for fast repairs. Loot barrels also appear during the battle, giving incentive and new objectives to fight over.

Captains of DarkTide Gameplay Screenshot

The Original Press Release:

Captains of DarkTide MMO Adds PvP Battles

Players Battle Head to Head for Treasure and Glory in Captains of DarkTide

Provo, UT – August 13, 2010 – Battlegrave has been added as the first ever PvP zone in the Fantasy Pirates MMO Captains of DarkTide (CoDT). The new zone throws players into head-to-head battles for the right to collect loot barrels that spawn periodically near the center of the region. Battlegrave is the first of a number of specially themed tactical battle zones announced at www.playdarktide.com, which include areas such as “Boss Lairs” and more PvP scenarios that will be introduced throughout open beta.

Battlegrave challenges players to compete in a king-of-the-hill style map without the risk of losing items. Players whose ships are sunk during PvP battle will have the option to stay as a shipwreck and watch the battle rage while their ships are slowly repaired, or respawn immediately on the outer edge of the zone, allowing for faster repairs before heading back into the fray. Loot barrels that periodically spawn in random locations towards the center of the map will have a chance of containing rare and epic items, as well as DarkTide Credits, which are normally purchased for cash in the CoDT store.

“Building a browser-based MMO doesn’t mean you can’t build a fully featured, top quality 3D game. We’ve added PvP strategy zones, and we’re gearing up to add persistent player-created Islands,” says Lead Developer Eric Wiggins. “Battlegrave is just the first step. One by one, we’re going to add features and content until we’ve proven that every MMO feature you can deliver in a bulky stand-alone client, you can develop in a top quality 3D browser engine.”

DarkTide is currently in open beta; players can sign up at www.playdarktide.com and begin playing right away. Battlegrave PvP zone is now available, with special promotional items being randomly spawned for players who show up to the grand opening weekend.

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