Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen shares 30 minutes of pre-alpha 5 shakeout gameplay

    
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Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen shares 30 minutes of pre-alpha 5 shakeout gameplay

As reported earlier, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is going to be having a pre-alpha 5 “shakeout” test next weekend between September 5th and 6th, but before that, the devs at Visionary Realms wanted to offer a look at just what testers will be getting in to.

The shakeout region will be a greyboxed version of Thronefast, meaning that much of the terrain features are going to be extremely simplistic in design but will still give players a general idea of where the final design of Thronefast will look like.

The video also shows off some starter level combat, offers a look at climbing on surfaces, and discusses a bit about how the devs are approaching onboarding new players and their efforts to avoid handholding and instead focus on orienting new arrivals. It also demonstrates how questing will work, with NPCs generally offering suggestions of where to go when asked but ultimately not offering highlighted waypoints on a minimap, as well as discusses how NPC behavior and their reactions to players based on things like class choice can affect gameplay.

For those who have backed the game at the right level, this preview will likely be most interesting, but it also grants everyone else not willing to shell out $1,000 another taste of where Pantheon is going and the kind of MMO being built. Whichever column you fall in to, the video is after the break.

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Vaeris
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Vaeris

Ack. This Roenick guy. Maybe in WoW but in this kind of game you have to be on top of stuff. He should know if he’s making it. Starting that mage fight before letting your “mana” fill up from half way…and running right up after Joppa drops on the right side and drawing fire mage aggro instead of hugging the wall to the left to stay out of aggro range…yikes! Especially being 3 levels below.

As a healer you gotta know the majority of other players aren’t watching your mana. More so now than ever with games between now and EQ1 people have been conditioned to zerg in and expect to win every time. That won’t be rewarded with this game from what I’ve seen/heard. Healer have to be even more vocal before tough fights or be better at managing their mana.

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EvasiveDice

This game right here is on everyone’s watch list and if it isn’t? It will soon be. If it comes out even semi polished. Then this game will take storm and shake alot of the big daddies of mmorpgs up. They make alot of bold statements though. If they pull it off, it’ll be huge. Non followers of this game will get swept up fast in its wake. I really do hope it succeeds. A modern day everquest. One of the most complex and beloved mmorpgs and now 20 years later their essentially doing a modern graphics remake.

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Bruno Brito

I don’t think it’ll be huge. It’ll be a niche. But it’ll be extremely healthy in that niche. Against public perception, MMOs are more successful when they’re more casual. Which is not the idea of this game.

Strykerx88
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Strykerx88

See you in 2026.

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2Ton Gamer

What will be a slower burn, waiting for the game or actually playing? I don’t know and don’t care! Keep up the progress and keep moving ever onward!

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Bruno Brito

Feels very Everquesty, and that’s what i’m here for.

EvasiveDice
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EvasiveDice

Thats their intention my friend!

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CoreChamber

Its got all the right bones and is still going in the right direction without Brad :( . I can not wait for this game. I wish I could afford the cost of pre alpha, would love to have a little influence on some of the decisions they will be making. Keep it hard, keep it long make the journey mean something.