This year at PAX East, they had a booth on the show floor, a high-flying sign hanging from the rafters to make them more easy to find, a community manager handing out Popsockets, and a much more solid product heading toward release. Rend is still the same Viking-themed survival game with a vast Yggdrasil-like World Tree in the center of three primary factional zones, with bright emissive colors on certain bits of lighting that really stand out against the realistic backgrounds, but it’s much more fleshed out than it was last year.
While not an MMO in the classic sense, Dauntless brings together some of the social constructs of MMOs to the action RPG genre. At PAX East, Phoenix Labs had a large booth on-hand with a long queue for its game that’s still in early access. There, I had the chance to join a four-person team as we tried to tackle one of the fearsome Behemoths that are plaguing the locals.
Destiny’s Sword’s premise is that you’re in the future and you play a squad commander who has to choose characters to be on their squad in a never-ending war based on their mental health more than anything else. As you do battle, your characters experience effects similar to PTSD, depression, or anxiety, especially if you keep using those same characters and don’t give them some downtime and use other characters in your squad for a time
On the show floor at PAX East, we took a spin in a dungeon with the developers of the upcoming MMO Pantheon from Visionary Realms. Pantheon’s high fantasy setting involves chunks of other worlds and cultures being lifted wholesale from one world and deposited on the world of Terminus much like a rather classic episode of The Outer Limits.
Queen Ayrenn has decreed that the borders are open, and there are new mysteries to unravel that could affect all of Tamriel. For the first time, players will be able to join the arcane Psijic Order and travel to their Isle of Artaeum, or they could begin learning the art of Jewelry Crafting, or you and your friends could team up and investigate the reason behind the barricading of Cloudrest in a new 12-person Trial.