Pantheon explains its crafting, harvesting, and perception systems

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen’s April newsletter has arrived, and in my mind it’s one of the better ones in recent memory, but that’s because it has a long feature on crafting! “Alchemist, Blacksmith, Woodworker, Outfitter, Provisioner, Stonemason, and Scribe” are all in the works, Visionary Realms says. “Each profession will have a specialization. Players will be limited to one profession and one associated specialization.” Harvesting, on the other hand, will be something everyone can do, given the proper tools. While NPCs will indeed drop equipment, crafting in some cases will be easier and faster, and crafters can upgrade drops as well.

The studio has also released today a video explaining the game’s perception system, which is intended to give players extra choices in what they do based on what their characters notice about the world around them. The example given works in the form of an ad hoc quest that is delivered to the character not through an exclamation point but because he happened to notice an NPC crying. Definitely worth a watch below.

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Oleg Chebeneev

The game has graphics barely any better from Vanguard :/

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The game has been in development for what? Less than 1.5 years? The graphics will change a lot. There’s years ahead before this is finished product.

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I seriously doubt the graphics are going to change much. What you see, is pretty much what you are going to get.

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Crowe

For a LOT longer than that. It’s only in the last year or so that they have actually gotten their act together.

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Jeff

You know I’m trying really hard to see how this game will succeed where Vangaurd failed, and I just can’t. ESO it seems already has a much superior Questing system, FFXIV has a superior Dungeon system…I just don’t see this game bringing anything new to the table other than offering old EQ players updated graphics.

This is going to be a super niche title, I don’t doubt some folks are super hyped but not enough to keep the lights on long.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Vanguard never had a chance to succeed, it came out far too early, in what would be now called ‘Early Access’ state.

A lot will happen before this game is out and ready to compete against other MMOs. We are talking about years. The game will change, the competition will change.

No doubt this will stay largely a niche game, but being ‘just’ updated EQ with better graphics could carve it a niche big enough to survive and modestly prosper in its own way.

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Solaris

I pledged pre-Alpha waaaay back when it wasn’t a house payment. I’m so happy to see this game literally rise from the dead and push forward with pretty amazing progress. So excited for next stream! (plus Coh is a cool dude).

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Akufen

Content Locusts rejoice! I just purchased the domain ‘www.panhead.com’ so you’ll be able to get through all these pesky hidden quests as quickly as possible!! :P

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Crowe

If it will help identify which NPCs are the perception quest givers, I’ll bookmark panhead now! ;)

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Robert Mann

Bring on the no shiny questing and not everything on one account crafting! XD (Not sure that I’m so excited for some of the other aspects of the game, but certain of the ideas at least are cool.)

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Johnnyt305

Elder Scrolls online already does all this and much more.

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Robert Mann

Really, ESO forces you to select specializations in crafting and thus effectively not be able to craft everything? I also missed where it sends you on quests without highlighting where to go… Is this a new game mode, because that might make for some fun!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Okay. I gotta ask. Was that TheHiveLeader narrating that?

Also, first thing I’ve seen that has me the tinest bit interested in Pantheon.

Cramit
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Cramit

You got it right, I kept thinking it was Ripper. Was corrected on reddit by Hive

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TheHiveLeader

Good ear.

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Crowe

It’s all fake. No jokes… The cadence and rhythm are right but obviously, this author has hacked Hive’s accounts! :P

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Apollymi

Can’t wait for this game.
Keep up the good work guys!!

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Cramit

Glad to see this. Looking forward to more being completed for this game, can’t wait to play.

They even announced a upcoming stream with Cohh on April 27th (I think, on the reddit) and a second part a week later in may.

Did they get ripper x to voice this?

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antheriel

I like this. I hope they don’t take the “no hints” thing too far, though. I play games for fun, and depending on how well they prepare you to be able to find things, the “no hints” system can be a real fun killer.

To give an example, I love the knowledge system in BDO, where you have to gain knowledge of various things and, in so doing, you progress your character’s ability. It really rewards exploration and following the lore. But some of the knowledge steps are colossally annoying. I needed to get knowledge from one NPC. Another NPC told me to talk to this NPC but nothing I did would trigger her to give me the quest that would allow me to get the knowledge. Googling, I finally found out that you had to visit her during a tiny portion of the in-game day and it had to be raining. There was nothing in the quest text to suggest any of that, no hint saying “visit so-and-so on a rainy night”. There are too many quests/knowledges like that in BDO, where I would have to camp the hell out of hundreds of different NPCs, trying to figure out the totally opaque conditions under which they will talk to me.

I prefer the truly spontaneous discoveries, where you aren’t gated through some programmed system like an NPC quest. For example, there are hidden caves in BDO that contain rare harvests and chests. No one tells you about them, as far as I can see, but if you explore, you find them, and revisiting them can become part of your playstyle.

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Slaasher

Well I m sure you neednt worry about them taking the quest thing too far.
There will be “cheat” sites gong up all over the web for those extra tough ones that you just cant seem to finish on your own.
Remember Allakhazam!!!

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FreecczLaw

I want this game so badly.

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Oyjord Hansen

Help us, Pantheon, you’re our only hope.

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Apollymi

Well put! lol

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