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Pillars of Eternity

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Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity box.jpg
Product type
Classic RPG
  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • Linux
Release date
March 26, 2015
Current version
3.06.1254 (Versions)

Pillars of Eternity (original working title Project Eternity) is a party-based role-playing video game inspired by the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Icewind Dale 1 & 2, and Planescape: Torment) set in an original fantasy world created by Obsidian Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. The game was crowd funded via Kickstarter campaign and PayPal pledges. Kickstarter campaign achieved its initial funding goal within 24 hours of launch, and was concluded on October 16, 2012 after raising $3,986,929 in total from 73,986 backers, with additional $324,650 from roughly 5,698 backers PayPal pledges.

Pillars of Eternity was released on March 26, 2015.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Pillars of Eternity takes the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur's Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.

The world map is dotted with unique locations and wilderness ripe for exploration and questing. You’ll create your own character and collect companions along the way – taking him or her not just through this story, but, with your continued support, through future adventures. You will engage in dialogues that are deep, and offer many choices to determine the fate of you and your party. And you'll experience a story that explores mature themes and presents you with complex, difficult choices to shape how your story plays out. The keys to success to Combat is positioning your party and coordinating attacks and abilities.[1]

The game uses a tactical "real-time with pause" system and a slow combat toggle that can be used with or in lieu of the pause feature. The camera has a fixed axonometric (high angle like isometric) perspective with zoom. The environments are 2D backgrounds combined with 3D characters and visual effects.[1]

Setting and Story[edit | edit source]

The game takes place in a brand new fantasy world, Eora. It is roughly based on 16th century medieval technology levels, where magic and power is determined by the quality of a person's soul. The story takes place in a small nation in the world's southern hemisphere called the Dyrwood (DEER-wood). The Dyrwood is a heavily forested, coastal region where colonial powers from across the ocean have settled and formed an uneasy relationship with the local residents, tribes of orlans and elves who are protective of the ancient ruins of Eír Glanfath on the forest's interior. Eír Glanfath was an ancient melting pot of races that built elaborate, often massive, structures out of a living shell-like substance called adra. Though the fate of the ancient Glanfathans is unknown, their dangerous and complex ruins show evidence they possessed extensive knowledge of how souls work. For this reason, all of the surrounding colonial powers aggressively fight for the chance to explore and plunder Glanfathan structures, often bringing the local tribes into conflict with their relatively new neighbors and the neighbors into conflict with each other.[1][2]

The central character in the story is a newcomer to the Dyrwood, caught up in a bizarre supernatural phenomenon. This event puts them in a difficult position, where they must explore the new world to solve a series of problems that have been thrust upon them.[1]

Development[edit | edit source]

Obsidian chose to use a crowd funding model for Project Eternity instead of the traditional developer/publisher arrangement, since trying to get funding for traditional fantasy RPG through a traditional publisher would be next to impossible. On 16 October 2012, Project Eternity's funding campaign concluded with a total of $3,986,929. The Project is tentatively scheduled to be released in Quartal 4, 2014. On December 10, 2013, Obsidian announced that the official title for the game will be Pillars of Eternity, dropping the working title Project Eternity.

In March 2014, it was announced that Paradox Interactive will publish the game. They will handle the fulfillment and distribution of the physical copies of the game along with the physical rewards from the Kickstarter campaign, as well as the localization for foreign languages. They will also be offering Quality Assurance Testing for the title. (Obsidian retains the rights to the IP)[3]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Sales[edit | edit source]

As of October 2015, the game has sold over 500,000 copies.[11]

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