Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and Peria Chronicles have caught my eye. I try very hard not to buy a ticket to the hype train, but those two have me at least standing near the ticket office.
I played a decade (plus) of EverQuest and then I jumped into Vanguard: Saga of Heroes late in its run, and I enjoyed both. I don’t want Pantheon to be a clone of either, but the next evolutionary step, while maintaining some of the mechanics and design elements that I loved in those other games. And it is the gameplay footage, more than what the devs have promised, that gives me some hope. I know that Vanguard launched as a mess, and a lot of that was poor management, but it seems like Visionary Realms has a better structure than Sigil, and they definitely seem to be putting in the time and effort to get it right this time.
I know somewhat less about Peria Chronicles, at least in part because I don’t speak, read, or understand Korean. (Which I have been whining about since I started playing Korean imports in the early 2000’s, so you’d think I’d have used the last nearly 20 years to learn the language, given that languages are my *other* hobby…) What I have heard is intriguing, though, and I love the look of it– just gorgeous, like playing inside an anime. I hope to hear more as information seeps out from the (Korean) beta. I enjoy the life skills side of Black Desert, and it seems like Peria Chronicles may have a good deal of that, so that appeals to me. The gameplay videos I have seen look interesting. Again, it would help if I understood or could read Korean, but the international language of gameplay is enough for me to get the general notion of how it works. I am not clear on whether or not PvP plays any great role in the game, and I actually hope it doesn’t. I am not that kind of player.
The combat in these two games seems considerably slower than I have gotten used to in playing a thousand hours of Black Desert Online, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love BDO combat, but I have played plenty of tab-target games in my day too, and they have their own charms.
I wouldn’t say that I am SUPER MEGA PUMPED for Pantheon or Peria Chronicles, but they strike me as the most interesting games on the horizon right now. I hope one of them pans out. I don’t expect to see Pantheon before 2021, to be honest, but I will be keeping an eye on it. Peria Chronicles seems closer, but we’ll see how long it takes to make it to North America.