Obsidian Entertainment has recently announced Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, the sequel to their crowdfunded hit RPG. The first title was a homage to RPGs of old, like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. The sequel is once again turning to crowdfunding for support, but this time through the relatively new platform Fig, which is dedicated to video games only.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is asking for $1.1 million (the same amount they asked for the first title), and at time of writing is more than 80 percent funded with four weeks still to go. So, it’s probably going to meet its goals. The game kicks off with Eothas, god of light, rebirth, and strange names, wrecking your stronghold of Caed Nua and leaving you for dead. Players are then tasked with tracking down this god and giving him a stern talk. This will take players and their party to the titular Deadfire Archipelago, consisting of hundreds of islands. The islands will require sea travel, and players will be embroiled in conflicts between natives, settlers, and pirates.
Obsidian is promising that NPCs will have their own schedules and routines, within to “a living, breathing world”, as well as new and returning companions. Furthermore, the Fig page mentions players can “continue the story you began as the Watcher of Caed Nua in Pillars of Eternity“, which likely means you can import your saves from the first game. Other additions include dynamic weather, and a new lighting system, revamped spells and abilities, a new interface, and more creatures to fight.
Fig is an interesting choice of crowdfunding platform, being dedicated solely to video games. Fig saw the successful campaigns of Psychonauts 2, and Wasteland 3, and its CEOs include experienced game developers like Tim Schafer, Brian Fargo, and Feargus Urquhart. It also allows backers of a project to become investors, granting them a specific share of the game’s future revenue.
While there’s always a risk with crowdfunding, Obsidian Entertainment are the exemplars of the service. The first Pillars is the ninth most funded gaming Kickstarter project, and the finished game was solid, and excellently received. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will run its crowdfunding campaign until 25 February 2017, and the estimated release date is early 2018. Check out the campaign for more details about stretch goals and backer rewards.