Shaiya is a free-to-play traditional 3D MMORPG published by Aeria Games in the USA. The game features two playable factions with 2 races and 6 classes per faction. The game has a cash shop, but content-wise no purchase is needed to enjoy everything the game has to offer.
One unique feature you might notice during character creation is that you can play this game in 4 different modes. Easy and Normal mode is just like any other MMORPG out there, Ultimate mode is basically a hardcore mode for very brave players. In this mode you are encouraged to play very carefully, as your character will permanently die if it is not resurrected within 3 minutes by another player. The third is called Hard Mode, which is made available after a character reaches level 40. The difficulty setting determines how fast you gain experience, and the amount of stat and skill points acquired per level.
The game itself features pretty standard PvE “kill ten rat” style quests and some higher level dungeons. There are also 3 PvP battlegrounds available from level 10. Each of these battlegrounds accommodate a certain level range.
While the gameplay itself is nothing really new in terms of MMORPGs, the unique Ultimate Mode may attract your attention if you like the risk of permadeath.