Age of Wushu is the US version of Age of Wulin (being released in Asia by Snail Game CN, and by gPotato in EU). Age of Wushu is an international version meaning it has no region limits. It is published by Snail Game US.
Age of Wushu is in BETA. Currently it is Closed Beta 2; which is the first beta that will not have character wipes, so if you play now you can keep that character after the game officially releases.
It will be a "free to play" game. You can download the game for free now, and there will not be a cost to play. There will be a cash shop with accelerator type items and cosmetic items. Nothing in the cash shop will make you superior to what you can be without it; it just might help you get there faster.
There is a VIP status, which requires a subscription of about $10 per month. Buying the Deluxe package will give you 60 days of VIP after which you will need to subscribe to continue the VIP status. VIP status gives you benefits such as faster xp to skill rate; offline skill progression; offline merchant capability.
You can only have one character per account. Your character can only join one School, but it is possible to learn skills from other Schools. You can only cultivate (level) one skill at a time; there is no queue so you need to go online to change which skill you wish to cultivate or to continue a skill that has reached a new level. VIP status lets you cultivate skills while offline.
Even if you are not VIP your character will continue in the world as an NPC doing jobs. The job he or she does depends on where your character is when you log off. He may work in a shop sweeping floors, or work for a farmer, etc.
Guilds can claim territory which crafters can then build on and make a guild village. There are limited spots, so there will be wars over territory.
Know what you want your character to be BEFORE YOU BUY.
If you try the game and want to buy the Deluxe package to be able to play the beta unlimited, there's some things that you should know first.
This is from the official forums warning about deleting your character:
Age of Wushu • View topic - Deleting Characters - Elite & Deluxe Edition Rewards
What this means is that you need to make sure you know what school, what gender, what story, and what look your character will have BEFORE you buy the Deluxe package. The way the game gives the in-game rewards after you buy the game is by mailing it to your character when you log in; so you better have the character the way you want when you do that.
You can delete and remake your character as many times as you want as long as you do it before you upgrade the account by buying the Deluxe pack. You cannot claim the in-game rewards again.
So what I plan on doing is researching the game enough to decide how I want my character. I tend to be one of those players who wants to do everything so I end up with a bunch of alts; but since this game limits us to one character per account, I will only have one character.
The main thing to decide on is the School, as they are all very different -- it's almost like choosing a class. Each class has 3 different skill sets, which you can see by the three videos of each School that I posted above. A good place to look about the Schools is on the wiki: Schools - Age of Wushu Wiki -- click on the picture representing the school to go to the details page for that school; some of them have explanations about each of the three skill sets to give you an idea of what the strengths and weaknesses are for that school.
There has been some confusion regarding the consequences for deleting a character that we want to clear up. Let me start by saying that Age of Wushu is an unconventional MMO in many ways. The focus isn't on leveling as quickly as possible to reach an endgame, but instead participating in a persistent and living world. There are many features that encourage this, from characters remaining in game while offline to the emphasis on a player-driven economy. Age of Wushu encourages a connection with a single character, and the journey from newcomer to master.
Simply put, the game was not made to support "alts." Each account is only allowed a single character for this reason. The choices you make are intended to have consequences.
Elite and Deluxe Edition Rewards will not be sent to characters created after a character is deleted and a new one is created.
It's important to be absolutely sure before making any lasting decisions. If you need help or information on which school you should join, there are many resources available, including our very own Schools forum as well as the School Spotlights posted on our official site.
Additionally, you are free to use other Snail Accounts to create free trials and use the allotted 10 hours to evaluate a school before choosing on your main account.
We understand that this is a new way of looking at character management and we appreciate your flexibility and open-mindedness as we work to offer new experiences in the MMO design space.