- Aug 25, 2020
Mortal Shell, the action-RPG souls-like by Cold Symmetry, has changed its closed beta to an open beta and is allowing all players to download it now on the Epic Games Store. The developers took to Twitter and Discord to explain the decision that stemmed from an unexpectedly high demand following the start of the closed beta. Cold Symmetry was giving away codes on its social channels and through e-mail, but after the vocal community spoke out with their interest to try the game, the developer decided to change course. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/02/mortal-shell-hands-on-preview-finding-its-own-souls-like-voice"] "We heard that a lot of you were feeling left out and frustrated with how we were handling key distribution," Cold Symmetry said on Discord. "We have tried our best to keep up with requests, but we never expected this level of high demand. So we have decided to open the PC beta early, and it's available right now." Mortal Shell was part of IGN's Summer of Gaming and we revealed a new trailer for the game that has players inhabiting the bodies (see: Mortal Shells) of vanquished warriors and gaining their unique stats and skills. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=mortal-shell-11-screenshots&captions=true"] In our hands-on of Mortal Shell, we said "all in all though, Mortal Shell left an extremely strong first impression, not because of how much it evokes the look and feel of Dark Souls, but because of how it evokes it while also feeling like something completely fresh and unique." [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.