Paradox Interactive announced they are accepting applications for the upcoming beta test of Salem, a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game based in the harsh world of colonial Salem. Set in a fantastical New England, Salem offers a persistent, ever-changing, online world in which players take the roles of intrepid colonists from the Old World seeking to make lives for themselves in the New. The colonists are able to use a unique crafting, farming and building system inspired by 17th century alchemy. Salem features a Permadeath mechanic where in-game characters succumb to the harsh wilderness environment.
Developed by Seatribe, the game is scheduled to go live Q3 2012 - a new video developer diary has been added in our download area.