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Finnish development team Tribe Studios today announced the immediate launch of the closed beta event for the eagerly anticipated “dramagame” Velvet Sundown. While testers will have an opportunity to sample this unique take on the MMO early they will also be asked to provide a variety of valuable feedback to help shape this social experiment type MMO.

Although it’s a closed beta event players are currently able to sign up and join the game right now. Velvet Sundown sees players aboard a luxury yacht on a high-seas adventure. 11 different characters are available to play, each with their own carefully crafted personality and background story. There are dozens of different combinations of story-lines available, each depending on the players ability to negotiate their way through the interactive chat function. 

The developers have also stated
that the full launch of Velvet Sundown will be accompanied by ground-break text-to-speech technology, never before seen in the free MMO genre.

Players
can let their imagination run free in order to convince others to
follow their suggestions – via the text-to-speech feature all text
entries will be converted to spoken word in real-time; making the game
experience incredibly immersive. While a multi-player session may only
take about 45 minutes, thanks to the Dramagame engine, there are
millions of possible story variations, offering unimaginable
re-playability.
 

Source: Press Release