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Game News Pillars of Eternity II to be published by Versus Evil

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Sep 21, 2017.

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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
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    Tags: Feargus Urquhart; Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire; Versus Evil

    Many Codexers have assumed that Pillars of Eternity II would be published by Paradox Interactive, who published the first game. I've never understood that, since Obsidian have been dropping hints since the Fig campaign that they would be going in a different direction for the sequel. At one point they even suggested that the game might be self-published. Well, as it turns out, they're not going that far. Instead, Deadfire will be published by Versus Evil, the indie publisher founded by former Bethesda marketing director Steve Escalante and best known for publishing the Banner Saga games. Here's their press release:

    Baltimore, MD – September 20, 2017 - Independent games publisher Versus Evil today announced its partnership with Obsidian Entertainment to publish Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity, will launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux in early 2018.

    Pillars of Eternity and Obsidian are practically synonymous with quality RPGs and we couldn’t be happier to work with their team and their community in supporting Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire”, said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil. “The sequel builds on the massive critical success of the first game and will be one of the premier RPGs to launch in 2018. Fans of the franchise will be thrilled with everything that this sequel has to offer, and newcomers to the Pillars universe will get to experience a technically superior RPG adventure with a more meaningful companion system, deep progression mechanics and uniquely rich storyline for the first time.”

    For its part, Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart said: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at Versus Evil on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, the first sequel we’ve ever made into one of our own IPs. Partnering with a team that is as passionate as we are about making Pillars of Eternity outstanding has already been such a gratifying and exciting experience. We know that Steve and his team will treat Deadfire right and help us make it the game that our incredible fans and generous backers expect and deserve.”

    In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, players embark on a dangerous voyage of discovery as they hunt down a god to save their own souls.

    Building on the award-winning gameplay of the first Pillars of Eternity, every aspect of Deadfire has been improved and expanded. Vastly more detailed graphics, deeper game mechanics, increased player choice and reactivity, a new companion relationship system, streamlined combat, and an entirely new, hand-crafted adventure make Deadfire the ultimate cRPG experience.

    Players travel the far-flung region of the titular Deadfire Archipelago by ship, where they will discover new races, visit exotic islands, defend their ships against pirates, and, most importantly, choose their allies carefully, as there are powerful factions to encounter at nearly every port.
    Bye Paradox, and thanks for the free media campaign! In tandem with this news, Obsidian have unveiled their new website for Pillars 2. Let's hope Versus Evil have more luck with it than they had with Banner Saga 2.
     
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    "Deeper game mechanics" and "streamlined combat"? Now they're just spoiling us.
     
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    Gives Slowtard same feeling as a taxidermy cat taking wing. You maybe can fly, but you a taxidermy cat!
     
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    PoE2 Steam page in 2023 when published by Paradox:

    PoE2: $44.99

    Optional DLC:
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    PoE2 5th Fifth of story: $34.99
     
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    So Obsidian finally gone indie - and their game will be published by former Bethesda marketing director :D
     
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    The guys at Paradox probably thought one Tyranny is enough.
     
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    Serpent in the Staglands Torment: Tides of Numenera
    Guess they better watch that metacritic score
     
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    Cocktopus be with you Feargus!
     
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  12. ArchAngelgender: ⚧ Magister

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    So Obsidian continues to make more publishers angry.. haha.. Avellone left on time.
     
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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 BattleTech A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    The publisher they "made angry" literally just got done giving them a cock-slobbering PR campaign, and I'm pretty sure they knew they weren't publishing PoE2 by then.
     
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    Given what a casualized DLC milker Paradox has become lately, I'm glad it's not them.
     
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    Maybe that was a part of their contract so they had to do it now.
     
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    Everything is better than Paradox as a publisher. Good move...
    They would have fucked up all translations again as usual.
     
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    You forgot portrait packs.
     
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    You omitted additional music DLC.
     
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    Exactly. It's not like Feargus strong armed a Tyranny DLC marketing campaign and then stabbed them dirty Swedes in the back. They just couldn't reach a deal that was good for both companies and therefore Paradox won't publish Deadfire or Versus Evil just gave them such good deal that Paradox couldn't match it.

    It's just business, Paradox has a lot to gain if and when they publish another Obsidian game.
     
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    Between PoE, The Witcher and most recently D:OS2 you would think that people learn DRM-free games sell just fine.

    Maybe Obsidian's choice gives Paradox something to think.
     
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    Also forgot to mention that future patches would make the game more difficult for players that don't have features that are locked behind DLC.
     
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    PDS makes decent map painting shit but Paradox has always been cancer as a publisher
     
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    Like most publishers.
     
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    So what does "publishing" actually entail. Is Versus Evil just in charge of chipping out the copies? Because Paradox at least did a marketing campaign and some localisation iirc, idk what Versus will even do.

    I do admire Obsidian's greediness and general desire to get as much margin out of their actual game though.
     
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