Pillars Of Eternity 2 first expansion breezes out in August


After a string of wee free additions with new pals and doodads, developers Obsidian Entertainment have announced plans to launch Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire‘s first proper expansion on August 2nd. Beast Of Winter, as it’s named, will send fantasy fightmen to maybe stop the icy end of the world. Spoilsports. Beat Of Winter was originally expected to launch some time in July but hey, the deeper it gets into summer, the more satisfaction you’ll find in standing your party somewhere icy then pressing your face to the screen and pretending this summer isn’t quite so unbearably hot.

The marketing blurb introduces the premise:

“Upon receiving a missive from an isle of worshipers to the god of entropy and disaster, Beast of Winter takes the Watcher and his crew to the southernmost reaches of the Deadfire Archipelago. The Watcher is thought to be the harbinger of the end of all things and worshipers of the god of cold and decay, Rymrgand, have called upon the Watcher to fulfill their destiny.”

Ah, cold. Lovely. Sounds great. I assume we’re headed there to help Rymrgand. Or maybe arrange some sort of ‘shared custody of the climate’ deal – I am loving this summer (my freckles have even re-emerged after three years of Hibernian hibernation) but wouldn’t mind if Rymrgand had control over the weather, say, Sunday through Tuesday. Here, meet our new weatherdad in this trailer for the expansion:

Accompanying the expansion will be Update 2.0 for all players, adding “new challenge modes” while fixing bugs and tweaking balance. Another free mini DLC is coming August 2nd too, adding a merchant ship named The Deck Of Many Things to sell mysterious and magical objects. While that’s all free, Beasts Of Winter will come as part of the three-expansion Season Pass, which costs £19/€25/$25.


  1. icemann says:

    Big question is whether you can just use your last save from the game to play this, or if you’ll need an earlier one prior to heading off to final area.

    • jeremyalexander says:

      Please, no spoilers, but it was my understanding that you could continue to play POE2 even after the main story finished. If that’s not the case, I’ll just wait for the GOTY edition.

      • onodera says:

        No, you can’t play after the end of the game. Before you enter the final area the game makes a special save, though.

  2. jeremyalexander says:

    Is anyone starting to get the impression that the team that does the DLC for the POE series has a fetish about snow and ice? Weren’t the 2 DLC for POE based in a wintery realm as well?

  3. Mycenaeus says:

    I have to assume the DLC is supposed to be played before the game ends, because given that POE2 is partly about the gods and what you decide to do with them, this DLC would be nonsensical after certain endings.

    Meh. I prefer DLC’s that add more to the ending or sets up the next sequel. If it was meant to be played before the ending, they should have just included it in the game.

    • PegasusOrgans says:

      The vast majority of dlc does this, only a very limited amount add to the ending, and even less games in general let you play after finishing the game.

      Seriously, people have gotten so ridiculous with their negativity, bashing games for doing what every other game does… how is that fair?? PoE2 is content complete and provides far more content for the base game’s price than the vast majority of games on the market, yet they should have pushed the release date back to add even more content? And, I’m sure, every single DLC is far more content rich than the DLCs added to your average game. Hell, they even make free DLCs!!! What, they removed content so they could release it for free later?! The paranoia and conspiracy minded nature of gaming chatter has really gone overboard.

  4. PegasusOrgans says:

    FAKE NEWS!!! They obviously removed a chunk of the game to release as DLC. The game is barely playable in its current state! Boycott Obsidian! 80 hours is a rip off. We expect 160 hours of game for 50 bux MINIMUM. Excuse me, Imma go play Star Wars Battlefront

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