Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen The brief community nightmare is over: Visionary Realms announced this morning that it is putting the brakes on development of the game’s 247 extraction mode – permanent brakes.
Readers will remember that we found out about this a month ago Pantheon planned to release the so-called 247 Mode as a standalone survival-focused extraction title; The game was not intended to replace the Kickstarted MMORPG Pantheon, but simply to help fund the base game. However, the rumors and their official confirmation went viral among MMORPG veterans and experts Pantheon Crowdfunding backers were like a sack of bricks, especially when it became clear that development of the MMORPG would be put on hold until next year and that testing of Extraction Mode would only be offered to players who opted for Pantheon’s expensive packages had. This revelation sparked a massive breach of trust among MMO players following the admission that the game wasn’t making enough money in its current form and was in the process of a complete artistic overhaul.
In any case, the reason for the uproar has been eliminated. “Pantheon will abandon its 247 test mode and return to the full PvE MMORPG,” writes Visionary Realms today. “We are executing the conversion immediately and it will be available 24/7 in the coming days for pledges with the pre-alpha access benefit.” Alpha pledges will be invited to 24-hour sessions starting in December and running through last next year. The schedule will be announced later.”
“We knew there would be some discomfort when we introduced a survival extraction test mode, but we hoped it would be a fun, repeatable experience that would provide important data for development and potentially additional funding to expedite delivery of the full MMO game.” . However, our hopes did not match your feelings. The Pantheon community has made it clear that 247 test mode is not the reason they support us, and we need to listen to that. […] We understand that we have damaged the trust of many of you. That’s up to us. We thank everyone who gives us the opportunity to rebuild this trust. For those who are not yet ready to believe in us or the project again, we understand and hope that we can regain your support in the future.”
The studio also notes that the oral non-disclosure agreement that obscures the game will be lifted starting December 1st (however, the non-disclosure agreement for screenshots and videos remains in place). The team will be hosting a Discord Q&A to address the future of the game on November 16th at 8:00 PM EST.
Source: press release