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Pillars of Eternity

2 months ago

Bag 21 free games with Twitch Prime this July as part of Amazon Prime Day

Ever since Twitch got gobbled up by cardboard box kingpin Amazon, the two have gone together like a ham and cheese sandwich - or that dreadful PB&J concoction if you're in the US. Got Amazon Prime? You've also got free-game service Twitch Prime - and to celebrate the upcoming day o' deals Amazon Prime Day, Twitch are giving away a free game everyday for Twitch Prime members. Here's a list of everything you…

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3 months ago

Feature: Listen to Mr Pesto

Podcast: What character do you always end up creating?

You look a little tired, friend. Let me just adjust this slider for you. There, wide awake. Now you’ve got some energy, how about listening to the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show? This week we’re talking about character creation. Which games spoil us with choice? And why do we always end up creating the same sneaky elf?

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7 months ago

The Humble Paradox Bundle will net you Stellaris, Crusader Kings 2, Pillars of Eternity and more

What's your favourite paradox? My current one is 'how can the many awesome games in The Humble Paradox Bundle 2018 cost so little money?'. Wait, that's not a paradox - it's just a really good deal. Looks like I need to finish this news post then head back to paradox school. Fortunately I won't need to enrol to enjoy the games on offer here. This…

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11 months ago

Feature: Big Boss

“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher. This is…

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12 months ago

Feature: A matter of perspective.

Beyond Infinity: Obsidian on modernising the art of the isometric RPG

When Obsidian Entertainment started work on Pillars of Eternity [Official Site], the studio had two goals in mind. First, it wanted to recreate the style and tone of the classic Black Isle RPGs – particularly Baldur's Gate. Second, it wanted to modernise that style, taking advantage of today's technology, and avoiding mistakes made the first time around.

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1 year ago

Pillars of Eternity 2 video examines city life

Dungeons are sometimes great and I guess dragons are OK every once in a while, but if I'm going to spend hundreds of hours in a fantasy world, I want to explore a big old city and mingle with its inhabitants for at least a few of those hours. Perhaps I haven't been paying enough attention to Pillars of Eternity II [official site], but I…

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Feature: "The next Crusader Kings could be an RPG"

Paradox on the future of historical strategy, RPGs and their internal development studio

At the Paradox Convention last month, I was hoping to see something new from Paradox Development Studio, the internal team responsible for the company's core strategy titles. There were new expansions for Europa Universalis IV [official site] and Hearts of Iron IV [official site], and the hiring of Jon Shafer is an interesting move, but no actual games were announced. I sat down with creative…

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Feature: Sympathy for the damned

The RPG Scrollbars: The Fall Of Tyranny

Kickstarter's been pretty good for RPGs. We may not have seen the next big leap yet - Divinity: Original Sin 2 is looking pretty damn special, mind - but it's certainly breathed new life into the classics. Wasteland and Pillars of Eternity are both returning. Numenera went down well, despite a little over-promising. Divinity was superb. Have I left anyone out? (Oh yeah, don't forget…

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2 years ago

Pillars of Eternity 2 announced, crowdfunding launched

Obsidian Entertainment today formally announced the sequel to Pillars of Eternity, their 2015 throwback fantasy RPG which John enjoyed so. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire [official site], for that is its name, is set across the Deadfire archipelago, obvs. A god has unexpectedly returned to life and gone a-wandering there, which may cause a few problems. Better go ask him politely to knock it off.…

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Obsidian are making a new game and/or trolling us

'Project Louisiana' is the name of oft-revered RPG studio Obsidian's next game, they've revealed, along with a graphic implying farmlands and a quote about facing up to some grim reality. Now, last summer rumours flew that a 'Fallout: New Orleans' was in the offing, based on an unverified and subsequently removed European trademark registration. A whole mess of people looked at Obsidian expectantly, given that…

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RPS Asks: do you restart games you haven’t finished?

I've played a million beginnings and around a thousand endings, or at least that's how it feels. Imagine having seen the first act of Romeo and Juliet a hundred times but never having seen how it ends. That's my experience with all manner of games, from big story-driven RPGs to some of my favourite strategy epics. I've founded so many starter cities that have never…

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Feature: Hands-on with Tyranny's early hours

In Tyranny, It’s Good To Be Evil

Evil in Tyranny [official site] is so ordinary. That’s why it's successful, I think. In a medium prone to cartoonish overexaggeration, where villains are barely more than mustache-twirling caricatures, Tyranny tells a bleaker story. It’s the evil of numbers, the evil of tax collectors and bureaucracies and negligence and “I was just following orders.” A real-world sort of evil. The type that’s much harder to…

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Feature: Adventuring with alacrity!

The RPG Scrollbars: Quests Done Quick

I must confess, since finishing Siege of Dragonspear the other week, I've not actually fired up any RPGs. It's not for want of them to play. I'm particularly looking forward to finally trying Final Fantasy IX, which I missed back in the day, and Beamdog's recently announced interquel, Planescape Torment: The Nameless One And A Half. (It's very similar to the original, only now whenever…

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In Obsidian’s Next RPG, Tyranny, The Villains Have Already Won

Update: There's a trailer below now. When Obsidian partnered with Paradox to release 2015's best RPG, Pillars of Eternity, I hoped there might be further collaborations. Obsidian's major releases, Pillars aside, have been spread between six publishers and the studio turned to Kickstarter knowing that a "day of doom" was approaching. Perhaps the relationship with Paradox and the success of Pillars has brought some stability…

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Paradox GDC Press Conference Promises Obsidian News

If you happen to be awake and free from work at 5PM Pacific Standard time, you'll be able to watch a live stream of the Paradox GDC press conference, which is taking place over in San Francisco as part of GDC. I'll be there and I'm excited to hear the latest about lovely Stellaris but even more excited to hear from Obsidian. Over on their…

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3 years ago

Pillars Of Eternity Expansion Out, More Pillars Coming

The second part of the Pillars of Eternity [official site] expansion The White March is out today, as promised, and developers Obsidian Entertainment are continuing to tease that more fantasy RPG fun may be still to come. Another expansion, maybe? A sequel? They're not saying. But for now, hey, the expansion is out and so is that big patch. You've got plenty of Pillars to…

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Pillars Of Eternity Big Update Due Alongside Expansion

The second part of the Pillars of Eternity [official site] expansion The White March is due on February 16th, and so is Update 3.00. That free patch will bring new features and content for everyone, whether they've got White March or not. "What sorts of things?" you may ask, if you haven't been read forum posts and whatnot. I'm glad you asked, because this post…

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Pillar Of Eternity: White March Part 2 Coming In Feb

If your January is shaping up anything like mine - and I assume everyone is a less-good version of me, so you certainly aspire to follow my life - you'll be spending a large part of it wavering between despair and bloody fury. So hey, good news: this mood needn't sour your first taste of The White March Part 2, the second half of the…

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Feature: Return Trip

The Joy Of Expansions And Enhanced Editions

As the year draws toward its final frosty furlong, I'm slightly surprised that one of the games I'm most looking forward to playing is also one of my favourite games from 2014. It's Divinity: Original Sin, a game that I adored when I played it last year and that I expect to lose myself in again when the Enhanced Edition comes out next week. It's…

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