Brad McQuaid’s Pantheon elaborates on its alpha timeline modifications

    
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If you’ve been watching Visionary Realms’ MMORPG Pantheon closely, you might be wondering about its development cadence, especially given its timeline shifts. Back at PAX East a year ago, for example, the team seemed pretty confident that it would hit alpha by the end of 2018, suggesting that the game would have to be pretty far off schedule to miss that date. But by August, you’ll recall that Visionary Realms walked that back, saying it was revising its plan.

YouTuber Bazgrim recently interrogated the devs on just what’s going on with the new timeline, and the response is predictable: that VR is trying to get the game “closer to launch-quality in art and polish” and isn’t “ready to share the revised alpha target date.” In other words, Bazgrim argues, it doesn’t really sound as if the game is necessarily off schedule developmentally, just that the devs have shifted around when they want to take the wraps off for a big influx of players.

On the other hand, the studio couldn’t confirm that when the alpha does launch, it will include the entire continent of Kingsreach as was once planned. And that seems to indicate that the studio is focused on tricking out a smaller slice of the gameworld for that big reveal.

As Massively OP readers can surely attest, that might be annoying, but it’s probably in the best interests of the actual game, given how judgmental early testers can be. And Pantheon won’t be the first indie MMO studio to take that lesson to heart.

You can watch the entire video below.

Source: YouTube via Reddit
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Anthony Clark

Anytime I see the name “Brad McQuaid” I immediately ignore everything else, and move on with my life.

Was beaten with “The Vision” too much already. No thanks.

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Songs for Children

And yet you stopped here and took the time to leave a comment. Interesting.

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Anthony Clark

Want to warn as many people as I can that games he’s run have been less than enjoyable. Painful, and frustrating instead.

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Joseph Chello

I want to warn people of the exact opposite. Everquest 1 and Vanguard were the best MMOs I’ve played. Even with their warts, I still have distinct, lasting, fond memories of experiences in both of those games.

It’s hard to think of any other MMOs that have done that for me.

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Celestia

The more I hear about Pantheon the more I like it. Can you imagine playing a new MMO that isn’t being hastily shoved out the door months too soon?

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harbinger_kyleran

See you all in 2020.

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blahlbinoa .

I hope they don’t announce a date, because if that date shows up and nothing is there, people will only get more upset. Just communicate with your fans, let them know what you are doing and how things are going along and everything should be fine and would make an actual release all the more sweeter.

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Godnaz

With how Intrepid Studios is not doing this with the Ashes of Creation fan base, I think it’s a good lesson to be learned that if you are going to delay things, let your backers and fans know.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes getting people early to check into your game means they will judge it as a finished products at least in most cases and that, is a recipe for disaster as it can get negative reputation before it even releases. So I agree they should take their time and show a more finished product

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Dystopiq

Good. MMOs are insanely risky and you get on chance at a first impression. MMO players are not forgiving.

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PanagiotisLial1

also for mmos that base on content and not emergent gameplay, if your players play most content during testing, means by the time you release they will complain you got nothing new for them to play

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xpsync

Take your time get it right.

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BraxKedren

Well seeing how Vanguard went, it’s probably best they are doing this. As fans, we aren’t happy about this, what seems to be, delay, but if it makes the game better in the long run I’m okay with it.

Do we really want more of the Blizzard ” We will launch it and then fix stuff in a new later patch” kind of stuff.

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losludvig

While I really want them to get to beta so I can play, the two words “Remember Vanguard?” should be enough to end any discussion that this might be a bad idea.