This morning I have been enjoying everyones positive and negative reviews on last nights Pantheon live stream. Most seems to be positive while others have been very quick to judge on the recent new gameplay. I wanted to write up something very quickly all from my phone so I apoligize for bad sentences and grammar right now lol.
First off I want to start off by saying great job to the staff of Visionary Realms for giving us the opportunity to see 2 HOURS OF pre alpha gameplay. This is something you never see. this is a huge milestone for the team considering they all code this game from their homes and not from a corporate office.
Graphics: they have said in the live stream that the graphics we saw are the last things on their minds at this point in time. Right now they are focused on strictly game play and making sure the game is fun for their target Audience (Vanguard Everquest Final fantasy XI). They will have much better graphics animations and UI moving forward. Watching the live stream chat on twitch, people were ready to donate allot of money now just to play with the current graphics and animations. Normally when I watch a live stream of over a thousand viewers, the chat can be very negative which was not the case. People were so overwhelmed with nostalga and hope for the future they have invested into Pantheon. Again this was only pre alpha and 2 hours of gameplay!
In the 2 hours of footage we only saw a small fraction of the zone. There was a moment when a player died, he had to run back to his party members which was faaaar away and no map to guide them back.
The Bard and necro will come post launch of Pantheon. There will be raid available at launch. There will be soloing available but limited.
With one door closing on Everquest Next, I feel another door is opening with Pantheon. I hope if you were a player on the fence with this game that the live stream was enough to just commit and donate already. Its time to get behind Brad McQuaid and his staff and let the past be the past. Being an older gamer and growing up on Everquest, I am incredibly stoked for the future of Pantheon.