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Pillars of Eternity won’t release in first half of 2014, says Obsidian

Wednesday, 5th February 2014 11:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment has stressed not to expect its Kickstarter-funded RPG this side of 2014.

Speaking with Eurogamer, project lead Josh Sawyer said of the Pillars of Eternity release window, “It’s not going to be in spring.”

He said it’s not coming in the summer either, and when asked if people shouldn’t expect it in the first half of 2014 he replied, “Yeah. It’s going to come later.”

Explaining the time-frame, Sawyer continued, “We foresaw needing a bit more time when the Kickstarter ended. It’s understandable that people don’t know this but when you start a Kickstarter, once it goes live, you can’t change that [estimated release] date. You’re not allowed to change to that date.

“When we started with a million-dollar budget and a relatively modest game with five classes [there are now 11], that was assuming if we get $1m we can make this game and we’ll probably get it done by April. We got almost four-times as much money and that’s a much bigger game, and that doesn’t mean that immediately we just dump four-times as many people on it and it also gets done in April. There’s a lot more stuff to do.

“We knew that at that time. But until we get really close to releasing the game we don’t want a specific release window, because we’re not a publisher, we don’t have to! Virtually nothing good comes from us releasing a date before we’re very confident in it. It’s not going to be in spring; we’re going to be working into spring to get alpha done because it’s a big game.”

Are you getting itchy hands waiting for Pillars of Eternity? Let us know below.

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3 Comments

  1. SplatteredHouse

    Any ETA on the community features coming online? This layout, for all other purposes than thrusting ALL OF THE STORIES In front of your eyes is largely useless. To actually use, it is fairly awful. :(

    #1 9 months ago
  2. TheWulf

    I’m not really interested in this one. It’s just their most average writer doing a bland fantasy setting, which is probably the worst thing Obsidian has done in years, outside of perhaps Dungeon Siege III.

    I wish I could see them play to their strengths, again. New Vegas (Old World Blues) was the best thing they ever did. And I’d love to see Travis Stout doing more writing, as he’s my particular hero at Obsidian. If he were heading up a project on Kickstarter right now, I’d back that so much.

    The thing is? I think Obsidian is going a little bit in the wrong direction. Bad management, maybe? They’re focusing on the cult of popularity around one of their PR figures, who isn’t even a great writer. That really irritates me, because it’s a house of cards, and eventually it’s going to fall over.

    Compare it with Double Fine.

    With Double Fine, in the documentary it was brought up that DF was no longer ‘The Tim Show’ and that Tim actually wanted it that way. Instead, there are lots of groups within Double Fine creating interesting projects. It’s almost like an indie developer commune, and it’s a beautiful thing to see in action (within the DFA documentary). I think that Double Fine might even have shot up above Obsidian as one of my favourite developers.

    The bad management at Obsidian is really irking me, because really, what are they doing at the moment? They’re putting all their eggs in one basket; it’s a plan I that I believe will fall flat on its face. Other than that? The small South Park adventure thingy. But in general, they’re just not doing much.

    And their best writers seem to be caught in a holding pattern, or overshadowed by the ‘public face’ of the company. So the best writing Obsidian has done tends to be attributed to people like Avellone, when that’s never the case. I hate seeing people go unsung.

    But what can you do?

    I’m terrified that they’re going to go the way of Troika due to this bad management. What they should be doing is splitting up into teams and working on other projects. This way, their other writers can come into the limelight and people can learn about them. I’d love for that to happen — for the average person to know about the genuinely good writers who’ve made prior games like New Vegas so great.

    But yeah, since New Vegas, I’ve been pretty disappointed with their direction. Especially their whoring of Avellone. Yup, none of their other writers ever did anything good.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Artea

    @TheWulf

    What the hell are you talking about? With the exception of Honest Hearts, all the Fallout New Vegas DLC was written by Chris Avellone. Who also wrote Planescape: Torment and the Sith Lords. So while he’s not the only talented writer at Obsidian, his reputation is very much deserved.

    #3 9 months ago

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