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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
PoE2 Fig Crowdfunding campaign Promo001.jpg
Promotional poster for Deadfire.
Product type
Classic RPG
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux
Release date
May 8, 2018 [1]
Current version
1.2.0 (Versions)

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is the sequel to the original Pillars of Eternity. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire 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 Fig campaign. The crowd funding was successful in raising $4,545,395 from 33,614 backers. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was released on May 8th, 2018 [1]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The game follows the events of Pillars of Eternity with the same main player-designed character. The game play location changes to the Deadfire Archipelago of the world of Eora. Players travel the far-flung region of the titular Deadfire Archipelago by ship, where they will discover new races, visit exotic islands, defend their ships against pirates, and, most importantly, choose their allies carefully, as there are powerful factions to encounter at nearly every port.[2].

See the Pillars of Eternity gameplay article for an overview of the returning style of gameplay and its companion article for new elements.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Hunt a god. Save your soul.
~ From the crowdfunding campaign

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details about Pillars of Eternity, part I follow.
Eothas has returned. The god of light and rebirth was thought dead, but he now inhabits the stone titan that sat buried under your keep, Caed Nua, for millennia. Ripping his way out of the ground, he destroyed your stronghold and left you at the brink of death. To save your soul, you must track down the wayward god and demand answers - answers which could throw mortals and the gods themselves into chaos.

Your hunt takes you to the Deadfire Archipelago. Located even farther east than the colonies of the Eastern Reach, Deadfire comprises hundreds of islands spanning thousands of miles - ranging from lush tropics to barren deserts. Many of these lands have never been charted, while others are inhabited by rich native cultures and a new wave of colonial settlers.

Hunt a god. Save your soul.[3]

Significant plot details about Pillars of Eternity, part I end here.

Downloadable content[edit | edit source]

Unlike the previous title, there are multiple free content packs planned for release to increase the game's longevity, as well as three paid downloadable content pieces. The latter are functionally similar to The White March expansion pack, but providing a greater variety of environments, stories, and gameplay.

  • The first downloadable-content pack (DLC), Beast of Winter was released on August 2, 2018, and takes the Watcher and their party to an island populated by a mysterious doomsday cult that hides an ancient secret. Players will get to experience adventuring in ‘The Beyond,’ a mysterious dimension populated by ancient souls and filled with devilish challenges.
  • The second DLC, Seeker, Slayer, Survivor, is planned for release in September 2018, is a combat-focused expansion taking place on a previously undiscovered island that will challenge the martial prowess of your party, and your tactical skills as a commander, as you embark on a mission to rediscover ancient relics, and pit your party against Eora’s most skilled and savage.
  • The third DLC, The Forgotten Sanctum, is planned for release in November 2018, will test your party’s allegiance and morality in a quest to help (or obstruct) the great wizards of Eora. Will you befriend, betray or befuddle these venerable mystics as you uncover secrets lost to the generations? The consequences of your actions will be felt across the Deadfire Archipelago whatever you decide.”

News[edit | edit source]

Main article: News
  • February 1, 2018: The Backer Beta receives its monthly update.[4]
  • January 25, 2018: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire's launch date is announced: April 3rd, 2018. Pre-orders are available on Obsidian, GOG and Steam. Three editions are available: the base game, a Deluxe Edition with digital goodies, and the Obsidian Edition with the season pass added. Pre-orders will contain the Captain's Footlocker, an item bundle that will be made available for backers of the crowd-funding campaign as well.[5]
  • November 15, 2017: The Backer Beta is Live![6]
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 42 - The Backer Beta is Live!

Development[edit | edit source]

We all have to wake up.
~ Edér
in the Campaign Launch Trailer

On November 14, 2017 the Backer Beta was released.[8][6]

Current development stage: Production – During the "Production Stage", initial development of the software is underway and designs and characters are being brought to life[9].

  • February 19, 2017: Companion relationships are in the game, due to reaching the milestone of $3,000,000![10]
  • February 18, 2017: By reaching 25,000 backers, Fulvano's Voyage has been expanded again.[3]
  • February 17, 2017: $2.8M reached – 5,000 followers on Twitter: Fulvano's Voyage expanded – $3.25M stretch goal announced: sidekicks[11]
  • February 14, 2017: The next stretch goal is announced[12], together with the presentation of two new companions; for details see below.
  • February 13, 2017: $2.6M are reached, Berath's Blessing[13].
  • February 10, 2017: Information about visuals in the game and announcement (with video) of the next stretch goal[14]; for details see below.
  • February 9, 2017: The $2.4M mark is reached. In addition to the Korean localization and doubled voice-over the Pillars of Eternity Pen-and-Paper RPG is announced[15].
  • February 7, 2017: Similar to the Stronghold from Pillars of Eternity a "backer-unlockable" is announced, the island chain Fulvano's Voyage, which will be expanded step-by-step with each additional 1,500 backers from today. Furthermore: some insights into game lore and the next stretch goal[16]; for details see below.
  • February 7, 2017: The next stretch goal is hit, the developers say "Grazie!"[17] For details see below.
  • February 2, 2017: The story continues; stretch goal #4 with $2,000,000 reached, and #6 announced[18]; for details see below.
  • January 31, 2017: Stretch goal #3 reached, #5 and further updates announced[19]; for details see below.
  • January 30, 2017: Stretch goal #2 is reached, one more revealed[20]; for details see below.
  • January 29, 2017: The next two stretch goals are announced[21]; for details see below.
  • January 28, 2017: The first stretch goal is reached, sub-classes are confirmed[3][21].
  • January 27, 2017: The crowdfunding campaign reached it's goal of $1,1M in less than 24 hours[22]. Stretch goals have been announced which will introduce further features to the game, with the first one – at reaching $1,4M – being Sub-classes[23].
  • January 26, 2017: The backer campaign starts on Fig: Video Game Crowdfunding.
    • Link to campaign
    • Goal: $1,100,000 on February 25th, 2017
    • Several different editions, partly limited, are made available with varying possibilities of backers' involvement in the game, starting from being credited, up to the creation of a Soulbound item.
    • Estimated release: First quarter of 2018
  • January 26, 2017: Obsidian Entertainment announces the sequel in the official forum[24].
  • May 16, 2016: Development on the game had begun by May, 2016. Feargus Urquhart has speculated that it will once again use Kickstarter to obtain funding[25].

Crowdfunding campaign[edit | edit source]

Goal Reached on Additional game features
$1,100,000 January 27, 2017[26] Localization for English, French, German; Multi-classing
$1,400,000 January 28, 2017[21] Sub-classes
$1,600,000 January 30, 2017[20] Localization for Russian; Level cap increase from 16 to 18
$1,800,000 January 31, 2017[19] Localization for Polish; 7th companion: Xoti, priest/monk
$2,000,000 February 2, 2017[18] Localization for Spanish; AI customization for the player and their companions[20]
$2,200,000 February 7, 2017[17] Localization for Italian; UI customization; watercolored NPC portraits
$2,400,000 February 9, 2017[15] Localization for Korean; double the amount of voice-over[18]
$2,600,000 February 13, 2017[13] Berath's Blessing: various bonuses when starting a new game[16]
$2,800,000 February 17, 2017[11] Full orchestra soundtrack; Level cap increase to 20; more Sub-classes[14]
$3,000,000 February 19, 2017[10] Expanded relationship features between companions[12]
$3,250,000 February 22, 2017 Up to four sidekicks, voyaging with the player[11]
$3,500,000 February 23, 2017 Localization for Portuguese; New ship upgrades
$3,750,000 February 25, 2017 Localization for simplified Chinese; New islands to explore
$4,000,000 February 26, 2017 New ship types to own and customize
$4,250,000 February 27, 2017 Intelligent talking soulbound weapon
$4,500,000 March 1, 2017 Ship crew - hire and manage a crew for your ship
$4,750,000 Cancelled Sea monsters and fishing
$5,000,000 Cancelled 8th companion - adds Ydwin as a full companion

Content, created by the backers[edit | edit source]

Partly limited, or made available again, backers can invest certain amounts and benefit from one of several goodies[3].

  • Name a pet
  • Create an item
  • Portrait in-game
  • Be an NPC
  • Create a super-pet
  • Create a spell
  • Build a pirate party
  • Create an inn
  • Own an island
  • Top backer (meet the team, amongst others)

Editions[edit | edit source]

These are listed and can be ordered through the crowdfunding campaign, with increasing pledges[3].

  • Digital download
  • Premium digital
  • Physical box
  • Ultimate Digital Edition
  • Complete Pillars bundle (including Pillars of Eternity and its expansions)
  • Early access
  • Collector's Edition
  • Elite collector's and statue
  • Signed elite collector's

Features[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Promotional images from the crowdfunding campaign on Fig[edit | edit source]

Official wallpapers[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Official trailers[edit | edit source]

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details about Pillars of Eternity, part I follow.
Campaign Launch Trailer
30 Second Trailer
Significant plot details about Pillars of Eternity, part I end here.

Official Q&A sessions[edit | edit source]

Deadfire Q&A Session with Josh Sawyer and Bobby Null
Feb 22, 2017
Deadfire Q&A with Josh Sawyer and Carrie Patel
Feb 15, 2017
Deadfire Q&A Session with Josh Sawyer and Adam Brennecke
Feb 8, 2017

Developer's corner[edit | edit source]

Backer Update 19 - Adam Brennecke: Thank You!
Backer Update 16 - Your Ship
Backer Update 14 - The Big City – Neketaka

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/97460-update-47-launch-day
  2. https://eternity.obsidian.net/news/obsidian-entertainment-and-versus-evil-announce-pillars-of-eternity-ii-deadfire-publishing-partnership"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Crowdfunding campaign on Fig
  4. Backer Beta Update 2 Patch Notes
  5. Launch Date For Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced, Pre-Orders Now Live!
  6. 6.0 6.1 Update #42 - The Backer Beta is Live!
  7. Obsidian Entertainment and Versus Evil Announce Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Publishing Partnership
  8. Welcome to the Deadfire: Backer Beta!
  9. Crowdfunding campaign – Game info
  10. 10.0 10.1 Update 15: $3 Million! A Mini-Update While We're Out
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Update 14: Just One Week Left! Our Big City: Neketaka, and a New Stretch Goal
  12. 12.0 12.1 Update 13: All About Companions!
  13. 13.0 13.1 Update 12: Berath's Blessing and Fulvano's Voyage Continues!
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Update 11: New Rendering Technology and a New Stretch Goal!
  15. 15.0 15.1 Update 10: $2.4 M Hit! Double V.O., Korean, and... Pillars of Eternity Pen and Paper RPG!
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Update 9: Fulvano's Voyage, Deadfire Lore, and Berath's Blessings!
  17. 17.0 17.1 Update 8: Grazie! NPC Portraits Added to the Game and More!
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Update 6: Custom AI Scripting is in the Game!
  19. 19.0 19.1 Update 4: Xoti Joins the Party!
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Update 3: Level Up!
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Update 2: Stretch Goal 1 Reached
  22. We're Funded!, on Fig – Posted: 01/27/2017
    "We. Are. Funded! Thanks to the support of all of our backers, investors, and our wonderful community, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire has achieved and then exceeded its funding goal in less than 24 hours, exceeding all of our expectations. […]"
  23. We're Funded!, on Fig"[…] But we're not done yet! Since we funded so quickly, there's still a long way to go,and we've got some awesome stretch goals available to help make Pillars II even better. First among these is sub-classes, which we'll reach at $1.4 M in funding. […]"
  24. Return to Eora. Welcome to Deadfire.
  25. Pillars of Eternity II is in development, acknowledges Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart
  26. 26.0 26.1 Update 1: We're Funded!
  27. Josh Sawyer on Fig"[…] At the start of Deadfire, you will have the option to import a special end of game save from Pillars of Eternity. This will import your Watcher and the choices that you made in the Dyrwood, including quest states, conversation choices, and how you personally dealt with your companions, friends, foes, and orlan babies. The save game is cross platform compatible […]"
  28. Josh Sawyer on Fig"[…] During the introduction to the Deadfire, you will be able to establish choices from Pillars of Eternity as though you had played through the game. Importing the save directly is not a requirement for establishing story states."
  29. Update 7: Multiclassing Details with Josh Sawyer!
  30. Josh Sawyer on Fig"[…] Subclasses are similar to kits in 2nd Edition AD&D (featured in Baldur's Gate 2). Our focus has been to give a different flavor to a class through specialization. We want each subclass to do something cool and distinctive that also has a built-in trade-off compared to the base class and other subclasses. […]"
  31. Frog Helms Fan Club – Any chance in PoE2 grimores could be made a little more interesting?
  32. Frog Helms Fan Club – I like the restricted inventory during combat and…
  33. Frog Helms Fan Club – In the first Pillars the character progression was…
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