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Test your Sanity!

have announced that they will be running a closed multiplayer beta test of their new LithTech-powered game Sanity, and are inviting gamers to sign-up to take part in the test.

Jason Hall has also spoken about the game's "talent card" system, which will allow players to download new "card packs" that add new talents to the game, allowing you to use new attacks. "The full version of the game comes with 80 Talent Cards. Each card allows your character to do a specific thing. For instance, one card might enable your character to invoke a Fire Shield, while another card may allow your character to become invisible..."

"The neat thing is that these cards are represented in a data format that is a small encrypted secure text-type plug-in file. The Sanity game engine takes these files when present and then produces the effect/weapon/whatever and calculates hit/damage in real time. What this means is that although Sanity will already ship with effectively what you would call "80 weapons", we are going to be able to extend those 80 to over 100+ extremely easily."

For the full story, read Jason Hall's .plan.