Free-to-play MMO betas often drag out for months on end. Not so with DragonSoul's
testing phase, which began in early December and is scheduled to culminate in an official launch at "the beginning of 2012." Neonga AG
says that launch day will also herald the arrival of a new class -- the Bard -- as well as more pets and mounts to go along with the 300 already in the beta build.
The Bard is a support class that "prefers fighting in the second row," according to Neonga, and it offers an alternative playstyle that meshes well with the Warrior, Assassin, Mage, and Hunter classes.
DragonSoul is a PvP-focused fantasy MMO, and you can sign up for the open beta (and download the free client) at the game's official website.
[Source: Neonga AG press release]