Paradox Interactive’s free to play MMORPG Salem has entered open beta, and I must admit that I am extremely curious to give this game a try since its premise is extremely interesting, taking a turn away from your regular MMORPG gameplay.

In Salem, players can step into the well-worn boots of brave pilgrims, arriving in a fledgling settlement and attempting to carve out their new homes in the untamed wilderness. To survive, pilgrims will need to learn from the land to boost their skills, scavenge for food, and harvest natural resources in a wide-open sandbox environment to craft tools and homes, and even establish their own in-game settlements. Danger lurks around every corner, however, and between wild animals, unseen perils, and their fellow players, surviving Salem is no lean feat: there are few restrictions on Player-versus-Player (PvP) attacks, no law except what the community makes, and in Salem, death is permanent.

That “permanent death” in a MMO is extremely scary and at the same time interesting, so I will definitely give this game a try and come back with my reports which I really hope are positive.

If you don’t want to wait for me to report, you can check out Salem by yourself since the open beta is available at the game’s official website and it costs you nothing to give it a try!