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This month's official newsletter for Visionary Realms' old-school MMORPG Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen brings us a message from the game's producer Ben Dean where he talks about the recent progress on Pantheon's “Project Faerthale” as well as the game's crowdfunded nature. We also get plenty of lore related to the Faerthale area, a detailed look at Thaeolyn Greyborne, one of the game's "signature characters," and a Q&A with Tyler Stokes, a QA tester for Pantheon.
Here's something to get you started:
We hit a major milestone with Project Faerthale this month. The team is putting some final touches on the first raid-scalable encounter and are already moving onto the other areas of the project. At present, it is designed for a single group, so we can use it in demos and streams, but we intend to scale it to a full raid before launch.
A lot of hard work has gone into Project Faerthale, and it’s really starting to show. It’s not quite ready for the public eye just yet, but we’re very excited for the time when we can start showing it off.
Last week, Brad McQuaid and Chris Rowan were at E3 for some business development meetings. We continue discussions with potential business partners where it makes sense. Pantheon remains dedicated to its vision of challenging, group-oriented, social gameplay, so we seek out like-minded partners, or often they seek us out. It’s always reassuring to connect with people who understand and support our goals with this game, and we never forget the community that has brought us here, and we maintain our commitment to you, too.
To date, Pantheon has been largely crowdfunded. We do have some private funding, but a large portion of the game is being made because of you and your pledges. Crowdfunding continues at a reliable pace, ensuring that Pantheon will succeed. That said, we are still exploring funding opportunities with other types of partners that would allow us to further accelerate development.
Knowing that those who have pledged are as dedicated to seeing this project come to life as we are, we want you to know that we are listening, and want to offer you many of the things you have been asking for in terms of pledges.
As part of our ongoing efforts to fulfill requests, we are pleased to announce that you can now upgrade your packages and transfer most existing rewards into the new package. For example, say you got one of those rare lifetime subscriptions that were available for a very short window in 2014—you can now keep that lifetime sub if you upgrade.
Now, not all items are available for transfer to a new pledge, but most are. Here is a list of what will automatically be transferred upon pledge:
We have also added a Design a Quest reward to the Reignborn and retired Aesthetician pledges. This reward will be retroactively awarded should you already have one of these packages. Design a Quest allows you to join the Pantheon Design team via conference call for an epic quest line design. You will sit in on the call with the team and offer your thoughts and feedback including the quest story, requirements, and its rewards
- Any titles
- Any game subscriptions
- Item Renaming Certificates
- Physical Item rewards; e.g. Cloth map, postcard from the team
- Any invite to pre-release testing (if you currently have a pledge that allows for pre alpha testing, you won't lose that access when upgrading to a package that only has alpha and beta testing)
- Any retired in-game pledge reward
- Any retired Name an Item/NPC/Place of Interest or Design an Item/Quest reward
We are also making the Reignborn pledge available via monthly installments. You can select this or any other pledge today by visiting our store at https://pantheonmmo.com/join.
(We know that there are a dizzying number of pledge options, old and new; if you have any questions or concerns about YOUR pledge status or rewards, please contact our Customer Service team and they will be more than happy to help—they’re working hard to ensure that all rewards are carefully tracked. https://www.pantheonmmo.com/support/)
As always, thank you for your continued support and patience while we forge ahead with Project Faerthale. We can’t wait to show you more soon!
Producer, Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen