Pantheon begins pre-alpha testing for high-end backers

It’s a big day for indie MMORPG Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, as it’s the first day the gates open to external pre-alpha testers to help test the game.

“Our testers are starting off in Thronefast, but not a complete, fully-polished, ready-for-shipping Thronefast,” Visionary Realms wrote this morning. “They’ll get to literally see the game grow around them as they help us squash bugs, offer feedback and be a part of the development of this grand MMORPG, arguably earlier than public has ever been invited into an MMO – while there’s still grayboxing!”

As we’ve previously covered, you do need to have purchased the Originator’s package to get into this stage of testing; it’s currently a thousand-dollar package, so it’s not for the casual tester but rather the hardcore backer. “Originator’s packages are still available until December 20th, after which they will no longer include Pre-Alpha access,” warns Visionary Realms.

The game’s latest newsletter also includes a run-down of ongoing development, including the AI system, NPC encounters, race refining,

Source: Newsletter
Update: Pantheon has clarified for us that not everyone who has pre-alpha access beginning today actually paid $1000, as it was at one point possible to buy pre-alpha access through a $250 tier. We have amended our headline accordingly. The only way a player can currently hop into this leg of testing is through the $1000 package.
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ernost

Remember the good old days when developers would pay people to “squash bugs, offer feedback and be a part of the development”, instead of the other way around?

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Johnnyt305

This is ridiculous. They are paying $1,000 to WORK for the company. Read again, they get to squash bugs, and get in earlier than ever before to test more and harder than ever, but pay $1,000!!! Paying to work!!!!

Devs have really suckered us in, haven’t they?!?!?! WOW!!!

In the end this game will attract nobody as we have all aged and nobody wants to play a game where it takes 1-2 hours just to form a group every single time you want to play as its all group content that takes hours to do. They will have paid $1,000 and tested for years to find this out the hard way, watch!

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CMDR ShrunkenQuasar

Jebus. My wife just about killed me when I spent $150 to preorder Skyrim. I can only imagine what unmentionable things she would do to me were I to spend a grand.

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Jdawg Playsgames

A thousand bucks? Wow…McQuaid has stones I’ll give him that.

Hopefully after this final cash grab crash and burn folks will finally learn not to trust him.

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Bannex

People still get excited to play unfinished junk?

Not to poop on anybody’s pleasure but can somebody tell me what is fun about playing a pre alpha shit show that is only going to go through wipe after wipe?

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thalendor

I don’t think there’s that many people excited to play unfinished junk, but rather they are hopeful or just plain desperate to get a new MMO in a style that has been largely ignored for a decade, even to the point of paying to do what I agree should be paid work. At least that’s the feeling I get when lurking on the Pantheon forums and also as a backer myself, albeit for a far smaller amount than was necessary to get into pre-alpha even when it was much cheaper to buy in (I don’t have any desire to play a game in this early of a state and there’s only so much I am willing to risk on what is essentially a gamble that the game will be finished and something to my liking). Anyway, on the chance your question wasn’t merely rhetorical, that’s as honest an answer as I can give.

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Jacobin GW

They will log in for an hour, see its not a game yet and not come back.

‘Real’ testing is monotonous and boring which is why you need to pay people to do it if you want useful feedback from a software development perspective. Paying a premium for what amounts to low, entry-level grunt work is silly.

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Paragon Lost

Exactly.

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Cosmic Cleric

They will log in for an hour, see its not a game yet and not come back.

I don’t know, if I spent a couple of grand for a video game, I’d be desperately coming back to the game again and again and again, in hopes that it improved enough to justify my monies spent.

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Togashi Kokujin

Now just imagine shelling out a thousand bucks and finding out that the game is a turd (not that I’m saying it is, but it might be – unless we spend, it will take us some time to find out).

OTOH, if you do spend that kind of money you can at least be sure that you will only be grouping with people that take Pantheon as seriously as you do, for quite some time at least. Can’t imagine there will be that many players, though … which will make it hard, since Pantheon is so group-centered …

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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cryinglightning39

Wow. LMAO.

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Eliandal

I do love testing, I always have (since like…the 90’s – yes, I’m THAT old ;P) However, not at the cost of a nice family weekend in the Bahamas!