Business News • March 16, 2019
Our client Mad Head Games’ new RPG Pagan Online is receiving awesome reviews, check them out here:
PC GAMER: Pagan Online is not just another Diablo-like action RPG
When Mad Head Games’ creative director Uros Banjesevic tells me that three things set Pagan Online apart from Diablo 3 and its ilk, I’m not sure whether to believe him.
Every action RPG is measured against Blizzard’s yard stick, and developers want to emulate the success of the Diablo series while also trying to set themselves apart from the crowd. It’s a tough balancing act and even Path of Exile, now one of the most successful games on PC, took years of incremental updates to properly forge its own identity.
But after spending a few hours squashing demons, spiders and warlocks in Pagan Online, my scepticism has been eased. Its core is what you’d want from any solid action RPG—crunchy combat with cool combos and plenty of loot—but its structure is different to what I expected.
> > READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PC GAMER HERE
Variety: ‘Pagan Online’ Sees Possibility in ‘Diablo’s’ Stumble
“Pagan Online” subverts assumptions on just about every level.
It’s a high-fantasy action role-playing game owned and being developed with Wargaming, the Belarusian video game company not just named for military wargaming, but nearly solely focused on it.
Where “World of Tanks,” “World of Warplanes,” and “World of Warships” are highly realistic, enormously successful strategic military games, “Pagan Online” is a fantasy title inspired by Slavic mythology.
> > READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND WATCH GAME PLAY ON VARIETY HERE
PCGamesN: Pagan Online is a bold departure from Diablo and Warframe
Mad Head Games has called upon plenty of influences for dungeon crawler, but has crafted something wonderful rather than monstrous.
If you wanted to summon Pagan Online you’d have to draw a chalk circle on the ground and place parts of other RPGs inside it. Warframe’s swift mission run time, an inkling of Smite’s character design, and Diablo 2’s loot chasing would all have to be in there. But developer Mad Head Games is also bringing in its experience making hidden object adventures to weave a narrative inspired by Slavic myths throughout the game’s fantasy.
On top of that, World of Tanks studio Wargaming is acting as the medium of this seance, publishing Pagan Online as a games-as-a-service title. Such a broad and ambitious array of ingredients could summon a hideous poltergeist, but my first contact with Pagan Online’s early game has been closer to a pleasant whisper from a kindly Norse god. This action-RPG is on track to be a quirky experience that doesn’t lean too heavily on anything that’s come before it.
>> READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PCGamesN HERE