Shards Online: Open Preview Weekend, Download and Hit Play

This weekend, everyone can play Shards Online.The WORLD PREMIERE Shards public pre-alpha preview event begins Thursday 6/5 at 4:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM GMT) and runs through the weekend.

We’re opening our pre-alpha game to the public, with servers set to accommodate up to 400+ players. While we’re at it, we’re taking over the MMORPG Twitch channel.

If you’re not in game, you can watch us on Twitch.  If you can’t find us on MMORPG, check out the Shards channel:

If you have your own Twitch channel and plan to stream Shards Online, email us at; we’ll list your stream on our events page and the official Shards Online channel will follow you!

Please let us know what you thought of the pre-alpha experience on this survey:

NOTE: We are lifting the NDA for this weekend. Feel free to openly discuss the game with your friends!

Need details or help? Visit our Preview Weekend Game Guide

Livestream Schedule:

Friday – June 6, 2014

7:00 PM EDT – Q&A session with the developers
9:00 PM EDT – PvP Island event

Saturday – June 7, 2014

11:00 AM EDT – Q&A with your Community Team, Aimee and Chrissay
12:00 PM EDT – Play with the team on the Madness shard
1:30 PM EDT – Livestream Shard Hopping
1:40 PM EDT – Massively Interview with Derek Brinkmann on Massively’s twitch channel
4:00 PM EDT – Q&A Session with designer Jim Shea
5:00 PM EDT – Developer Playground
7:00 PM EDT – Q&A Session with the developers
9:00 PM EDT – Battle of the Backers

Sunday – June 8, 2014

11:00 AM EDT – Q&A and demonstration with Systems Designer Bruce Bonnick
1:00 PM EDT – EU Q&A session
3:00 PM EDT – EU PvP Island event
4:00 PM EDT – Interview Q&A session with Draconi
6:00 PM EDT – Weekend Wrapup: additional Q&A with the developers

Thank you everyone for joining us this weekend. We will be posting all of the Q&A and interview sessions on our Youtube channel.

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16 responses

  1. Where can we download the game client for the public free play this weekend? Thanks. ^_^

    • Melaedha

      We’ll have a download link and more information on how to play very soon.

  2. 8 PM ? Ill be drunk by that time.
    Also let ppl download the game… or you may face some problems when everyone will start downloading at 8 pm..

  3. The link is broken?

    • Melaedha

      Thanks for the heads up. I just updated the link, try again please?

      • Nice! Now it’s working! Thanks!

  4. JP

    No Mac client? 🙁

    • Melaedha

      Right now we have only the PC client. We’re still exploring the option for Mac/Linux and definitely would like to support platforms other than Windows.

  5. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It’s PreAlpha – ok – but the engine an Gameplay is great!!!!!

  6. Uh oh, downloading now! I’m coming for you! 🙂

  7. Love it thank you for including my channel! 😀

  8. Is this free to check game? I don’t need to buy anything or be active in Kickstar action? Can I just download game, try it and enjoy?

    • Melaedha

      Yes, you can download and play for free this weekend without being a backer.

  9. Thanks a lot, i’m very interested in this project, expecially as an old UO player. Keep the hard work guys.

  10. This game is showing a lot of promise. The first MMO I’ve been excited about since UO and Shadowbane. Thank you!

  11. Omg, I just learned about this game via some random MMORPG list, and I barely missed the pre-alpha weekend. I hope this happens again very soon. Why not every weekend?! I’m dying to play a game like this, UO having been my first MMO. I’m highly considering backing this by like $1000 on Kickstarter.

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