- in open beta right now, it's f2p so this is basically the release as well and there will be no further character wipes.
Summary of game:
3 stats, int str dex
1 class per stat, 1 class per hybrid of two stats. (This is important)
A **** ton of skills are available to you, the same skills are available to everyone. However, the catch is that each class starts at a different position in the skill web, thus different paths are more encouraged than others depending on your class (ie, a Ranger CAN get +% spell dmg, but the +% bow damage is closer in the tree and thus, cheaper to get to as it were), min/maxing is very possible. There are also 'capstone' skills that provide game changing bonuses such as removing your crit chance but you have 100% accuracy. (Thus, freeing you up to focus on damage/defense and avoid crit and accuracy skills all together! EEEEEEEEE I LOVE IT!) All skills provide passive benefits.
There are no full respecs, so have a little foresight with how you want your character to develop.
Abilities are done through 'gems'. Gems are inserted into items such as armor/weapons, can be chained with 'support' gems to add effects, and level up independently of your character. Thus, the more you use an ability the better they get, making them valuable in trade as well as in game.
No currency, instead consumables are used for trade. Scrolls of Wisdom (intelligence from D2), Orbs of Transmutation (add magical properties to an item), and other such consumables are instead available to be used as trade offs to prevent gold inflation.
Combat starts slow early, you really feel the effect of your skills as you progress later. Your level 10 character will feel so much stronger than your level 1 and it's nice to have that progression.
Party drop in drop out is seamless. Chat system is good.
Overall this is a fun game if anything, it's free and worth a try. If you like ARPGs this is a damn good one.
They are having different leagues too that include PvP and races, so if you're into that it's available. Start on the hardcore server because when you die you just drop to default rather than deletion. Makes playing a lot more fun but without the heartache.
Captain_Jack_Sparrow_ is my main haha add me if you want to play
Katara_ is my other character.