Obsidian Entertainment have announced that they have partnered with Paizo to produce games based on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
We mentioned yesterday that an Obsidian/Pathfinder banner had been spotted at Gen Con, and now we officially know what that’s all about. Obsidian, for the uninitiated, are the studio that developed Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Neverwinter Nights 2, Alpha Protocol, and a bunch of other top-notch RPGs. They’re currently working on Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity.
That said, the first announced title Pathfinder title probably isn’t what you’re expecting. Are you thinking it’ll be a huge, turn-based RPG on PC? Well, it’s not. It’s a tablet game based on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game – a co-op game for up to four players. I suppose it might hit PC at some point, though. That’s not the only thing being done, thankfully; it’s called a “long-term licensing partnership” and this is described as the “first licensed product”, so maybe they’ll get onto doing a proper RPG once Pillars of Eternity is done. Assuming this now doesn’t mean they’re suddenly going to turn that into Pathfinder: Pillars of Eternity, or something.
Pathfinder is a variant of D&D 3.5e with adjustments to make the rules simpler and more sensible, but with more options; it also has its own campaign setting (the world of Golarion). It is generally much approved of in pen-and-paper gaming circles.
Naturally, we’ll keep you posted when something more interesting than a tablet game is announced.