Troubling News for Pantheon
It's been a rocky road for the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen mmorpg ever since we first learned details about the game. It seemed that the crowdfunding of Pantheon on Kickstarter would be a no-brainer, being that the game was being created by Brad McQuaid, who brought EverQuest to prominence. Despite all the hype that was generated through many interviews and press releases, the project only garnered half of its $800,000 goal and was thus unsuccessful. Still, there was hope as McQuaid talked about bringing the project to investors to fund the full development of the game. While there's been little information released in the last few months, troubling news for Pantheon has emerged.
It appears that Brad McQuaid posted about the mmo on his Facebook page that carried some bad news. The post has been deleted but many gamers managed to snag a peek at it, shown below.
In the past few months we have seen some of the most passion bubble up from the Internet than we have in some time; all for an idea of a game we all want to see happen. It has been an exciting time for all of us. Over the first month of development through crowdfunding, we’ve been able to achieve what was needed to be done in order to gain investor interest. That is, we’ve shown there is interest in a game like Pantheon, we’ve built the term sheets and business plan, and now have a prototype we can show to potential investors.
The downside now is that our initial resources have depleted, which regrettably means that development is going to slow down until finances can be secured. It’s not something we want to do by any means, but as we cannot guarantee paychecks to the team, they each need to be able to spend time on other things to pay the bills. Once we’re able to get that level of funding we can then secure much-needed studio space and be able to pick up the pace of production dramatically.
We are deeply thankful to this community for getting Pantheon to this critical point, where we have been able to put together an attractive package to present to potential investors. In the interim, any donations made at this point until further notice will be going directly to maintaining the website during this phase, and not towards development."
The future of Pantheon remains uncertain at this time. Finding investors would allow the game to get to market, but I'm unsure of the interest. There are a slew of Kickstarter mmos that are coming out in the near future and the fact that Pantheon only reached half of their stated goal is troubling. It might be that the mmo marketplace is too crowded at the current time for the development of another top-tier mmo. We'll just have to wait and see.