n the 21st century, shortly after the colonization of our Solar System had begun, a huge dark object appeared beyond the orbit of Pluto. The object, called ‘Shard Zero’ by the scientists, possessed some kind of a deadly aura, spreading mysterious ‘plague’ of cosmic scale around itself, twisting and disrupting the very nature of space and life. There was no time for reaction, and all attempts to study the anomaly remained futile. When we finally realized the object is moving on a collision course with our planet, it was too late. Shard Zero hit Earth and that was the end of our civilization.

WorldShift is set thousands of years later, when our civilization is no more than a fading myth. The remains of Shard Zero still are spreading its Plague, twisting and re-shaping Earth and its nature, sometimes in the course of centuries and sometimes in a matter of hours. Humans developed a new culture and now live in 5 mega-cities, struggling every day for the precious resources they need to survive. The rest of Earth is populated by the Tribes, successors of early humans, that were affected by the Plague.

WorldShift is a next-gen cyber-fantasy RTS game designed to be quick and very easy to learn and play. It offers hectic, fierce encounters all around the Earth and a fascinating story uncovering ancient secrets about the true nature of the Shard and the Plague. But also, WorldShift introduces many features new to the genre, like modifiable factions, unqiue cooperative multiplayer gameplay, and more.

In WorldShift, there are no technology trees featuring hundreds of upgrades; instead, WorldShift allows the players to discover and acquire a vast number of items and powerful relics that they can use to freely change their gameplay and preferred tactics and to surprise their foes. The players will gather items as they fight their opponents and as rewards for completing missions. But to discover the most powerful relics, they must form teams with their most trusted friends and embark on deadly missions where it is difficult to survive and where the real challenges await.

The innovative real-time strategy game created by Black Sea Studios and published by Black Inc. will enter its online closed beta phase today, 12 February 2008!

Starting on 12 February 2008, five thousand gamers will be able to participate in the closed beta phase of  “WorldShift”. The beta test will be hosted by FilePlanet (http://www.fileplanet.com), IGN Entertainment’s popular game download Web site.

Set in a cyber-fantasy world, the real-time strategy game “WorldShift” by Black Sea Studios offers a fast-moving gaming principle, manifold tactical battles and an epic tale. In “WorldShift”, the developer has interwoven the best elements of real-time strategy and MMO games to create an innovative and uncomplicated mix that will enthrall both RTS adepts and gamers who are new to the genre.

We, the entire Black Sea Studios team, would like to thank you for your interest in the game and for your participation in the Beta program. You can read a short introductory note here and we hope you will be active in both the game and the forums. We do need your feedback and we will try to make a game for gamers and improve “WorldShift” as much as possible. See you in-game 🙂