Try to remember: In October 2021, Windows Central and Jeff Grubb leaked Pax Dei, then still embryonic. If we do not find explicit traces of the promised collaboration with Xbox Game Studios in the final product, Mainframe confirms that their MMORPG will take place in a pseudo-historical reality modeled on our European Middle Ages, where “myths are real, ghosts exist and magic is beyond question“. A kind of post-Arthurian universe where roleplay seems to be the main playful axis.
Citizen or knight?
In fact, Pax Dei promises to make absolutely every classic meuporg role interesting, from veteran monster hunter to daisy picker to outrageous PvP killer. The entire adventure is built around a domain, a secure area where a community can build its own village. Mainframe Promises”Extensive character customization and modular building construction“which can only be fully realized if all citizens work together.
Beyond the Domains, protected by divine will, the world of Pax Dei is less stupid. The farther you get from your camp, the stranger, stranger and more dangerous the environment will become. The focus is on exploration and PvE in these areas. The best loot can of course be found in the most remote areas. While no figures were given for the area of the explorable world, Mainframe claims to create a region”enormous” using procedural tools. Under the hood we find the Unreal Engine 5, whose Lumen and Nanite technologies will be used intensively to achieve the developers’ ambitions.
Between modernity and tradition
But above all, it is the lofty promises around the cloud that arouse interest. If Mainframe is currently only targeting the PC with a Steam release, it’s their desire to tame the cloud like this Pax Dei is playable on any platform (including mobile). As a result, it also becomes a welcoming MMO for noobs, who can join the adventure with any bike and take on small roles that are useful to the community while learning the ropes of the genre. There is no mention of the chosen cloud technology.
While we have every right to be wary given the number of MMO babies abandoned in gaming mass graves, Mainframe seems to follow a consistent view; what gives them even more credibility is the opening of closed alpha signups, which suggests we’re not dealing with yet another vaporware. Meet at the official site or the steam page Register. No date range has been announced yet. A question and answer session will be held shortly Official Discord.