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  • Play the test to showcase new game features and an improved RTS experience.
  • Users gained access via unique NFT key drops, in partnership with blockchain gaming platform, Vorto Network.
  • The event will go live at 3:00 p.m. (CET) on Friday, April 22 via www.hashrush. com

Award-winning real-time strategy game Hash Rush has announced an exciting new playtest, giving players the chance to see what life is like in the reimagined version of the Hermeian galaxy.

The test will feature a range of newly introduced gameplay features, including graphics and gameplay adaptations, access to three maps, the introduction of in-game crafting systems and special “crystal” resources, as well as the implementation of Founder Bundle and Hash Rush Comic heroes.

Access to the playtest and its various rewards will be via a unique NFT key, given to players who have a Vorto Network account with an active item in their inventory. Alternatively, players can purchase a Rush Key, making the user eligible to participate in upcoming and all future playtests.

Commenting on the announcement, Nathan Ziedonis, Head of Studio at VZ Games, said: “We’ve been preparing for this playtest for several months and can’t wait to show the community some of the fantastic new features that our development team has introduced to Hash Rush. In our last playtest, 30,000 players had the opportunity to test out the initial updates, enjoying a more immersive combat experience that put players’ tactical abilities to the test. The upcoming test will do much the same, and Although this is a playtest, we’re excited about the huge steps we’ve taken to make the game more interactive, action-packed, and enjoyable. This test will provide us with invaluable feedback from end users regarding many of the features we will be using in the full release.

As one of the original games to play to win, Hash Rush has received rave reviews since its launch in 2018, winning the Best Innovation award at the prestigious Gamescom, as well as a nomination for Best Indie Game.

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming playtest.

When can I access the playtest?

The playtest will be live from 3:00 p.m. (CET) on friday april 22 through www.hashrush.com.

How do I access the game test?

All users must sign up for the Vorto Network through www.vortonetwork.com and have an active item in their inventory, for example a Hash Rush hero. If you don’t have an active item in your inventory, users can purchase a Rush Key which will grant the holder access to upcoming playtests and all future ones.

What can I expect from the playtest?

Players will have the chance to train workers and combat units, build and upgrade their base, gather resources and fight against the horde of Scourge monsters. The playtest will also introduce the basics of the in-game crafting system – the ability to craft your own heroes and items!

An improved user interface has made gameplay easier to follow, with many shortcuts and color tweaks making the experience more convenient and beginner-friendly.

What rewards will I get?

Players can expect to receive a variety of rewards for participating in the playtest, including bespoke heroes, crafting materials, and special gear.