Greetings, Pantheon fans! Today we have some exciting news for you. As announced in last week’s dev stream, Pre-Alpha 5 Shakeout is nearly upon us. The date for this pre-alpha phase?
Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6, 2020
The pre-alpha shakeout consists of a few key systems and focused testing of these systems. There will be three sessions per day on these testing dates. Each pre-alpha tester can participate in one session per day to accommodate server load.
The full details of the testing sessions will be provided to you via the pre-alpha forums, if your pledge perks include pre-alpha access.
What’s the Next Step?
If you are a pre-alpha tester, you will be receiving a testing session time selection email over the next couple of weeks. Please be on the lookout for this. We will also be posting on the official forums that these emails have been sent, to be sure you don’t miss them.
Check your inbox. Customer Service sent out a separate email earlier today to go over more suggestions in preparation for PA5 Shakeout.
What if I’m not a Pre-Alpha Tester?
Pre-alpha pledge packages are still available, so if you want to participate in PA5 Shakeout, now is the time to do so. Once we send out the testing slot selection email, we cannot guarantee new signups will be able to be processed in time for PA5 Shakeout.
What’s Left To Do Before PA5 Shakeout?
The team is finishing the release candidate this week. After which, it goes into several weeks of internal testing and bug fixing. During these weeks, technology is firing up the production realms, updating them with the latest build client and making sure everything is communicating and working efficiently. There’s a lot of new tech in this build, so there’s a lot of checks to be done.
What is Included in PA5 Shakeout?
To start, Dire Lord and Shaman will be the two available classes for Shakeout. The combat system has undergone a major overhaul and is now a much more responsive, robust and rewarding experience. These two classes’ combined abilities cover a wide array of spell and ability types so they will give us the best bang for our buck when it comes to testing. Other classes will be available in Pre-Alpha 5 Proper.
Also included in PA5 Shakeout is climbing (you’re going to want to see this!), Perception and Quest content.
Wait, What’s Pre-Alpha 5 Proper?
PA5 Shakeout is to “shake out” the show stoppers on our way to Pre-Alpha 5 Proper. It allows you a chance to get in game, and allows us to test the latest technology on a larger scale to make sure we’ve got the big bugs shaken out. Pre-Alpha 5 proper comes later, with more classes, more features and more content. PA5 Proper allows you, the tester, longer playing sessions for a full progression MMO experience. It’s the culmination of Project Faerthale and one of the final steps before Alpha.
And What About the New Website?
You may have heard that PantheonMMO.com is receiving a facelift. The final pages and functions will be completed this week, and then we have a short internal testing period. This is also a review period to make sure the information we have posted is accurate! So expect a new site soon!
Where Can I Find Out More?