News: Universal Monsters online game goes into private beta

Universal Monsters Online

I’m a huge fan of Universal Monsters, so I was pretty excited when I heard about this. Game developer Bigpoint has been working on a project that features the most iconic monsters ever to grace the silver screen, including Frankenstein, Dracula, and my personal favorite – The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The game is now in private beta and it sounds like they are initially restricting the number of people who can sign up – so if you’re looking to get in on the action, I’d advise signing up now.

From the official press release:

Bigpoint –  a worldwide leader in online games– today announced that Universal Monsters Online has entered closed beta, and is now accepting player registrations to access the game before its global open beta launch. Developed in collaboration with Universal Partnerships&Licensing, Universal Monsters Onlineis a fast-paced, free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game that brings together Universal’s iconic monsters into one competitive experience.

“We’re excited to have players jump into the closed beta of Universal Monsters Online,” said Billy Delli-Gatti, Producer, Bigpoint.“During this phase, we’re able to test and optimise the game for improvements, and the community feedback we receive will help to ensure that the game is fun and entertaining.”

Universal Monsters Online pits the brand’s iconic cast of monsters into a“winner-take-all” timed gameplay session where two opposing teams claw and gouge their way across a richly-detailed game environment to achieve the ultimate victory: raiding enemy territory to locate the damsel and returning her to the team’s fortress.

During the closed beta, players will be whisked into character selection mode where they can choose from a diabolical lineup of legendary monsters– Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course, Frankenstein’s monster among many others. Full-team cooperation will be demanded to survive, succeed, and defeat the town’s chaotic villagers, zombies, and seemingly indestructible turrets.

Registration for Universal Monster Online’s exclusive closed beta before its worldwide release can be found at: http://www.UniversalMonstersOnline.com. In the following weeks, Bigpoint will increasingly unlock new player accounts for gamers to experience their favourite classic Universal Monsters in a refreshing new MOBA.

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I signed up for a beta account right away and was really impressed by the “painterly” quality of the graphics – awesome for an online game. Gameplay requires the download of a browser plugin to help with 3D rendering. The first time I opened Universal Monsters Online it took a solid 6 or 7 minutes to load on a new MacBook Pro with a faster-than-average UVerse internet connection.  Once it loaded I was given two options – start my own game and invite others, or get matched up to an existing game. I chose the latter and waited. And waited. And waited some more. After 30 minutes and two attempts I finally gave up. It was obvious from the comments in the game’s global chat window that other people were having the same problem, so clearly this beta still has some issues to be worked out.

I’ll be trying again in a day or two, and hopefully I’ll be able to update with a game review. Stay tuned! (In the mean time, check out the promo video below)

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Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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