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Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Dan


Blacklight: Retribution Opens Up to All Tonight


We’ve been closely following free-to-play Blacklight: Retribution since closed beta began. The game has gone through many changes, bug fixes, balance corrections, and even a game-changing overhauls since then. As of the end of most recent closed beta phase, I think the game feels ready to go. And apparently, the developers feel the same way.

Tonight at 7:00 PM EST, Blacklight: Retribution will officially go into open beta. There will be numerous updates to go along with the new open beta status, including a new map and a trial purchase system for items, which gives players the opportunity to play with unlockable items for three days each time they level up. Also added is a datanode (talent/perk) system, which seems a bit confusing at first glance, but we’ll reserve judgment until we have a chance to see it in action. Lastly, perhaps the biggest and most welcome update is the addition of a friends list, which will finally give players an easy way to coordinate playing together. The full patch notes are massive, but you can read them in their entirety here.

In celebration of open beta, the team at Zombie is also holding a few events and contests that are starting today. You can win exclusive in-game items, free ZEN, and other swag. There is a leveling competition, raffle giveaways, and even a frag movie contest for all you YouTubers out there.

Open beta also marks a fresh start for Blacklight: Retribution because all player progress is being wiped to start everyone off on an equal playing field as of tonight. Combine that with the fact that it’s free-to-play, and you really have no excuse not to give this game a try. So now, the only question is, who will be joining me this evening to ring in the occasion?

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12 Responses to Blacklight: Retribution Opens Up to All Tonight

  1. SirPenta says:

    i cant play it for shit. the ping is allways over 130 do you guys know if they are going to get servers in northen Europe

  2. Stefan says:

    lowest ping to any server i found was 1843 … yeah…
    i’m geographically fucked with these servers

  3. JJB366 says:

    the dowmload is taking sooo long :/

  4. Blueyyy says:

    I hate my life, FIRST Tribes wont run and now so does this game! I’m beginning to think I cannot play betas… FML
    I envy you all who can play this and tribes. I feel like I am missing out on an adventure. Very much like a newcomer who is being left behind. :'(

  5. Obsidian570 says:

    Bought zen, don’t have it. Nice.

  6. matik23 says:

    aplfisher confirmed as a console trolol. I guess the only thing left to do is live up to the blog’s name and stand in a bathtub full of water and drop your powered pc into it.

  7. MrAcorn says:

    do you need to install the beta again if I already had it installed from closed beta?

  8. Applelololol says:

    for those of you who aren’t finding a download link on the Core Client, like their page on Facebook and there will be a link to a forum post by an employee that will at least install the open beta. At the moment, I still can’t play anything in it though cause servers aren’t up yet.

  9. Eddeh Jeh says:

    Downloading right now :D

  10. Mikan says:

    Absolutly 100% in for it.

  11. MrAcorn says:

    I will for sure be taking part in this!

  12. TFriden says:

    I will play this im sure, tho i was more exited for tribes and this felt abit wierd, but my tribes doesent work so that sucks, but this seems nice.



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