Pillars of Eternity goes gold, expansion in the works

Obsidian and Paradox have announced that their wildly successful Kickstarted RPG, Pillars of Eternity, has gone gold.

Pillars of Eternity has been in development for two and a half years, and will finally be launching on 26 March. It raised a whopping $4 million through pledges on Kickstarter and PayPal, making it the 10th most funded Kickstarter yet, and the second most funded game on Kickstarter.

Pillars of Eternity is still available to pre-order until 26 March (obviously), with said pre-orders netting you a Giant Miniature Space Piglet companion and the Gaun’s Pledge ring.

But maybe that’s not enough for you. Maybe you’re sat there going “Well, it’s all well and good to have an RPG that will probably last 100 hours, but what about expansions? Eh? Tell me about whether or not there’s going to be even more game.” Luckily you for, Obsidian addressed this in a recent Reddit AMA.

User monosco asked how the game’s expansion model would work, in terms of whether Obsidian would go the traditional “bolt-on content” route, or if they’d be offering Shadowrun-esque stand-alone expansions. Obsidian’s Adam Brennecke – the game’s executive producer and lead programmer – managed to completely avoid answering that question, but did state that the team “are looking at doing an expansion that’s about the same size (area wise) of Tales of the Sword Coast.” Tales of the Sword Coast being the expansion to Baldur’s Gate 1, in case you weren’t aware.

Apparently, this mysterious expansion is still early in development, but Obsidian “already have a small team working on areas and environments while the rest of the team focus on shipping the game.” We’ll be learning more about it in the coming months.

But let’s not worry about that just yet, eh? I mean, the base game isn’t even out yet. Let’s give them a week, and then start clamouring for an expansion.

Pillars of Eternity is due out on 26 March. We will doubtless try to cover it in some way, shape, or form.

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