[UPDATE 2]: According to Lisa Stevens, Paizo’s CEO:
There will be a CRPG. Just no details to announce right now. Our deal with Obsidian is a long term partnership. I expect there will be many games over the coming years. The card game app was easier for them to get up running fast. There will even be a demo at our booth at GenCon. But there are other plans that will be revealed in time.
Super excited that this is finally public! Looking forward to working with Obsidian on a bunch of awesome Pathfinder games!
[UPDATE 1]: A couple of small screenshots have surfaced on the game’s newly-launched webpage. Also, the landing page confirms that the digital port will be based on Rise of the Runelords and not the upcoming Skull & Shackles or Wrath of the Righteous.
Yesterday, we heard a strong rumor of a possible new partnership between video game studio Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo Publishing. Today, Obisidian, creators of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Knights of the Old Republic II, announced a long-term licensing agreement to create multiple projects within the Pathfinder franchise.
Obsidian’s first title under this new licsense is a digital port of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game for tablets.
Huh. I honestly didn’t see that one coming, but color me excited!
From the press release, Obsidian’s Pathfinder Adventure Card Game sounds faithful to its tabletop counterpart, dropping players into the roles of various classes like the Fighter or Cleric while working cooperatively to explore locations, defeat monsters, and acquire new loot. The card game draws heavily from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and RPG fans will find many familiar aspects within the game; characters rely on dice and add modifiers to achieve a target number based on their current task, whether it’s combat or discovering new items.
If you’re attending GenCon this week, an early prototype will be on display at both the Paizo and Obsidian booths on the convention floor, and while you’re there, you can get an up-close look at Obsidian’s upcoming computer RPG, Pillars of Eternity.
Even though only the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game was revealed as part of this announcement, it seems safe to assume that this is merely Obsidian dipping their toes into the Pathfinder universe. I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio is additionally working on Pathfinder-based computer RPG, at least in some capacity. After all, the roleplaying genre is the video game developer’s forte. I’m sure we will hear something about it either later this year or the next.
You can read the entire press release for yourself after the break. We’ll keep you all updated as we discover more about this new and exciting partnership.
OBSIDIAN ANNOUNCES PATHFINDER LICENSE
Obsidian to partner with Paizo Inc. to release electronic Pathfinder games
INDIANAPOLIS — August 13, 2014 — Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: the Stick of Truth and the Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity, announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing partnership with Paizo Inc. to produce electronic games based on its popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game intellectual property
Obsidian’s first licensed product will be a tablet game based on the highly successful Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a cooperative game for 1 to 4 players. Players each have a unique character composed of a deck of cards and a set of stats. Characters have classes such as fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric, as well as numbers that define attributes such as strength, wisdom and charisma etc. Players will be able to customize their deck to better suit each individual’s vision of their character.
“At Obsidian we have a long history of working with the greatest RPG franchises, and we’re thrilled to get to play in the Pathfinder universe now,” said CEO Feargus Urquhart. “We’re huge fans and can’t wait to bring what we do in the electronic gaming world to Pathfinder fans everywhere”.
In the world of Pathfinder, players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, with hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. The Pathfinder brand has also been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.
“Obsidian is a video game developer at the top of its game”, said Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. “Being able to bring that type of experience and passion to Pathfinder can only mean great things, both for our loyal Pathfinder community and for all fans of great CRPG’s.”
Obsidian will be at Gen Con 2014 showing off an early prototype of the digital Pathfinder Adventure Card Game in the Paizo booth (#203) and in their own booth (#2151) featuring the first consumer hands on for Pillars of Eternity.
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