It is almost November, but the Pax Dei team is still maintaining that their alpha test is going to happen this year according to this MMORPG.com article.
The Pax Dei team is affirming their plans for alpha this year and has released some stats from the small Friends and Family playtest.
I also found the numbers from the friends and family test intersting.
Those testers have used over 346,749 building pieces with the top builder having used 25,767. Since everything in the game is player created, it does make one wonder what 25k pieces added up to. There have been 5,284 deaths by NPC and 1,771 deaths by falling. Dungeons have seen over 180,000 square meters covered, and over 47,200 km explored. Those testers have also killed over 3,500 rabbits.The building numbers specifically stand out. This tells me that building is a big part of the game and not just a secondary pursuit. Also coming from a game like New World where fall damage is something you laugh off it will be an adjustment to fear falling from great heights again. And the poor, poor rabbits (though not as many as I'd suspected so maybe they are more evasive than your standard MMO rabbit).
I will continue to watch this one with interest.