Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen’s pre-alpha will launch by the holidays – but you can’t afford it

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen fans viewing the team demoing the game at TwitchCon this past week were delighted to hear one surprise announcement: the confirmation of a pre-alpha test coming by the end of this year.

“We’re happy to announce today that pre-alpha will be here in time for the holidays,” the team said. However, don’t get too excited thinking that this will open up the game to a large group of players. The buy-in for Pantheon’s pre-alpha is a $1,000 minimum purchase as of right now.

The team spent most of the stream showing off the gameplay and finding new and horrific ways to wipe. “It’s a new game, lot of new features, lot of new ideas,” said Brad McQuaid. “But we’re trying to bring back the social element, the challenge. Most of the content is built around grouping.”

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draugris

lol, a pre-alpha a “cherry on top” ? i don´t know if you ever participated in a real alpha or beta test. This is first of all an awful lot of work if done correctly. From the many ways to choose proper testers for a game pantheon chose the worst….

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hoylegu

Well said, and I completely agree.

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Denice J. Cook

Just in case you thought Brad McQuaid’s reputation couldn’t sink any lower, here’s the newest Pantheon blurb. ;)

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Let the Whales bleed and test the game, they are not an endangered species in gaming.

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Stropp

P.T. Barnum was right. There is a sucker born every minute.

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oldandgrumpy

Not sure I understand the interest in a pre-alpha but there must be some and they must be willing to pay. Just goes to prove that Captain Ahab is alive and well in the games industry :)

I am a backer btw and from what I remember the beta was already sold out. It was part of some of the packages for the game but had a hard cap on numbers.

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agemyth 😩

I have no problems with crazy expensive “Pay2QA” phases. I wish it could stay expensive or just closed until stress testing is needed, but that is not currently how MMO development tends to go.

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Solaris

I backed Pantheon the day after Kickstarter failed. I paid about 20% of going rate (plus my pledge is loaded). Looking forward to pre-alpha!

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kelem

Hi ;) I am happy about the Pre Alpha testing phase to begin before Christmas as well ! :) As far as loot boxes, exclusive packages etc, there is no such thing in Pantheon. VR has made it very clear that no store or items that would give player advantage will be in Pantheon. The only reason VR has decided to stop the monthly payments on pledges allowing Pre Alpha / Testing access is to curb exploits where one would make a few payments just to get into Testing and then later stop payments. This actually is a great idea from my perspective. It helps to weed out those who are not serious about actually testing the game. We have to remember these pledges are not for early access to just play the game. Testing is taken very serious by VR and rightly so. We as players should take it serious as well and not just use it for bragging rights of being able to play early. VR wants to bring back a challenging game for us players who have been longing for a serious MMORPG, one that will be around and challenging for years. A good release is crucial and that lies on the shoulders of testers. Vanguard is a good example of what happens when and awesome game is rushed into release. Let’s not make that same mistake twice just because we want to jump in and play. I applaud VR for their stance. It takes balls to not cave in to the masses and just allow the game to be exploited and released with even more bugs, etc.. Please try to be more understanding of how VR is doing it’s best to bring us all a great game that will bring people together for years to come, just like EQ did. Thanks guys ! :)

Kelem

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I can afford it, but I’m not stupid. Loot boxes, early access, exclusive packages, blah blah blah. It is always something.

They preach about bringing back the old school, but this is certainly a modern tactic to suck money out of peoples pockets before you have a product that can stand on two legs.

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Willow Signe

It’s a crowdfunded game. The pledge packages included various rewards for funding them, it’s not like they are charging $1,000.00 just to get slightly faster access to testing.