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Jagex kicks off 8Realms beta - screens, video here

Runescape dev takes wraps off its new strategy title

UK Runescape developer Jagex has announced that the closed beta period for upcoming strategy title 8Realms is now live.

The studio has released a batch of screens and art, which you can see dotted around this page, as well as a new trailer, which you can check out below.

8Realms is a new empire-building strategy game where players grow their settlements from a humble village to a giant dominion through eight ages of history: ancient, classical, feudal, renaissance, imperial, industrial, modern and future.

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The beta will include the first seven ages and will offer players the exclusive opportunity to try the game before its public release.

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In the game, players develop their settlements and battle for control of precious resources, as well as defending their interests against enemy hordes and researching new technologies in order to ultimately reign supreme. Players can constantly communicate, interact and work alongside one another using of 8Realms 'social' features.

Jagex claims that the browser-based 8Realms will be available to play for free on many internet capable devices, in any web browser, allowing anyone with a computer, netbook, tablet PC or iPad. The title is fully coded in HTML, using minimal javascript and no flash, and it requires no plug-ins.

Thousands of players have received their beta keys, with more sign-ups available over at 8Realms.com.

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