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Scorchy
Jul 15, 2006

Smug Statement: Elementary, my dear meatbag.


Releases March 26, 2015



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKoDTzea79Y

quote:

"Project Eternity is going to play and feel like an Infinity Engine game."

Press demo video of first area of the game: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/07/...ght-rpg-buttons Beware spoilers!



Pillars of Eternity (formerly Project Eternity) is an isometric viewpoint, party-based RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Players will quest through a original fantasy world where magic and power is determined by the quality of a person's soul, based on roughly 16th century medieval technology levels. The story will explore themes like the souls, technology and reincarnation. There will be elves and dwarves, drug trafficking, psychic detectives, magic missiles, trickster gods and anti-mage firearms.

It's being built on the Unity engine and slated to come to PC, Mac, and Linux in Q1 2015. There are no plans to port it to consoles.

The game will be available DRM free and there will probably be mods.

Further reading: Basic World Setup | Souls and Technology | Why use the Unity engine | Supported Resolutions | Eternity Dev Tracker





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUleDEFkUtE



The stated goal is to create an experience reminiscent of classic Infinity Engine franchises, such as Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Baldur's Gate. That means a 6 player party, with adjustable formations, and interesting companions to talk to. It is isometric view, with Real-time-with-Pause combat, on hand-painted 2D backgrounds. Voice-acting is be limited to important characters and only the first few lines. There'll be lots of dungeons, puzzles, loot and crafting.

The ruleset won't be D&D, instead it will be a brand new system built in-house by Obsidian. Endurance will be the tactical resource, expended and recovered quickly. If a character loses all Endurance during a fight, they are knocked out for the duration. Health is the long term strategic resource. Heal effects or spells are rare or non-existent, generally recoverable only by resting, so health has to be carefully managed over many fights. The attributes are currently as follows:

Might - Damage and Healing, Fortitude saves
Constitution - Endurance and Health, Fortitude saves
Dexterity - Attack Speed, Reflex saves
Intellect - AoE size and Spell Duration, Will saves
Perception - Interrupt Chance, Deflection, Reflex saves
Resolve - Concentration Chance, Deflection, Will saves



There are talents, equivalent to D&D feats, that you gain at even levels. They'll be where you can specialize your character into a particular role.

There will also be non-combat skills, which will be leveled up separately from combat skills. These abilities govern the ability to gain new items, companion interaction, world travel, and learning new things. Many encounters have alternate solutions that let you avoid combat, without losing on experience gains.

Stealth - Sneak around easier
Athletics - Lower fatigue over time
Lore - Learn about enemy stats faster
Mechanics - Disarm traps and open locks
Survival - Increase duration of food and potions

Some spells will require memorization and resting. Resting's done with finite camping supplies, inns or at your stronghold, the latter two granting additional bonuses to your party.

Further reading: Combat System Overview | Non-combat abilities | Inventory System | Damage vs. Armour Mechanics & Math | Crafting and Repairing





You'll be able to pick from 6 main races (further divided into cultures and backgrounds):

Humans - Boring old humans. Might +1, Resolve +1
Elves - Long ears and very fancy. Dexterity +1, Perception +1
Dwarves - Beards. Might +2, Dexterity -1, Constitution +1
Godlike - Weird descendents of the deities in the world. Dexterity +1, Intellect +1
Orlans - Small, big-eared people who mostly live in the woods. Might -1, Perception +2, Resolve +1
Aumaua - Huge and tall and tattooed. Might +2

quote:

We are still developing the races of Project Eternity, but we are creating a range that encompasses the recognizable (e.g. humans, elves, dwarves), the out-of-the-ordinary (e.g. the so-called "godlike"), and the truly odd (?!). Races and subraces differ from each other culturally, but the races also have different physiological factors that can contribute to friction and confusion between them.

Further Reading: Designing a Pantheon





There will be 11 classes to choose from:

Fighters - Defensive stalwarts, lots of passives and ability to lock enemies down around them
Wizards - Flexible casters with the widest variety of spells, mix of per-day and per-encounter abilities
Priests - Group support casters, with some control control and single target damage
Rogues - Single target melee specialists, lots of ways to create sneak attacks
Barbarians - Mobile melee, specialists in AoE group combat
Rangers - Ranged single-target attackers, can summon animal companions to tank and run interference
Monks - Melee fighters who can convert wounds taken into offensive attacks
Ciphers - Melee casters who gain spell resources by hitting things
Paladins - Modal auras, single target support abilities and high defenses
Chanters - Bard equivalents, can chain together buff/debuff songs to unleash larger effects and summons
Druids - Crowd-control offensive casters who can also shapeshift

quote:

If you want to create a wizard who wears plate armor and hacks away with a broadsword from behind a heavily-enhanced arcane veil, we want to let you do that. If your idea of the perfect fighter is one who wears light armor and uses a variety of dazzling rapier attacks in rapid succession, we want to help you make that character. So it's good to think of Project Eternity's classes as being purpose-ready but not purpose-limited.

The party limit is 6 - your player, plus 5 NPCs. There will be around 8 fully written NPC companions to fill out your party; if you want more you can create your own NPCs from scratch at the Adventurer's Hall, ala Icewind Dale, but they will be personality-free.

Further Reading: Class overview | Four Core Classes | Non-Core Classes





Higher than expected Kickstarter funding has increased the scope of the game, so now we can now expect two big, big cities in the game: Defiance Bay and Twin Elms. The comparison has been made to Baldur's Gate or Athkatla in Baldur's Gate.

There will be a massive mega-dungeon in the game called the Endless Paths of Od Nua. Expect monsters and traps and puzzles. It's been designed to ramp up in difficulty faster than it hands out experience, so expect to leave and come back to it several times. The size and scope was determined by the number of backers of the campaign, and in the end it came out to 15 levels.

Player housing is in. There will be a place to rest up, store your items in chests and swap out companions in your party. A player stronghold is also included. Crossroads Keep from Neverwinter Nights 2 will be a good idea of what to expect. There will be fights and quests, and light strategic castle management elements. You'll be able to spend money and upgrade parts of the castle for various benefits.

Further reading: Strongholds





There's three separate game modes that can be turned on for increased difficulty:

Expert Mode - Similar to Fallout New Vegas' Hardcore Mode. You can turn on/off ease-of-use features like showing reputation gains, skill checks, and gameplay elements.

Trial of Iron - Ironman/Hardcore mode. You get one save. Once you die, the save gets deleted. Do you have the stones?

Path of the Damned - Spiritual successor to Icewind Dale's Heart of Fury mode. All enemies across all difficulties spawn on encounters, and combat difficulty is amplified.

quote:

The first question you may have is, "Can I enable multiple challenge modes at once?" Yep, you sure can. They have to be selected at the beginning of the game, but if you want to play with two or all three at the same time, you can certainly can do so. If you're not quite sure you want all of the elements that come along with a given mode, this funding level will also cover implementing the ability to enable and disable the individual sub-features.

Further reading: The Power of Modes



Obsidian Entertainment's an independent studio who specialize in RPGs. They sprang up from the ashes of Black Isle studios in the early 2000's, and they've been steadily putting out a lot of the deepest and most well-written RPGs in the last decade.

The developers working on this game is an all-star cast of old school CRPGs types, and they are nothing but the classiest people:


Josh Sawyer, Project Lead - headed up Fallout: New Vegas, Icewind Dale 1/2


Chris Avellone, Creative Director - wrote Planescape: Torment, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Alpha Protocol


Eric Fenstermaker, Creative Lead - worked on Fallout: New Vegas, wrote Beyond the Beef, Vault 11, Veronica and Boone


Tim Cain, Senior Programmer - Father of Fallout, Arcanum, and Temple of Elemental Evil



Since no big publisher wanted to get behind a PC-exclusive isometric RPG, the idea was to skip them entirely, donate directly to Obsidian and fund the game ourselves.



Obsidian set the initial funding goal at 1.1 million. This got met in 27 hours.

At the end of the 31 day campaign, the tally stood at $4,163,208 dollars, from 77,667 backers. This surpassed the previous mark set by Double Fine Adventure. The final budget for the game after PayPal contributions is 4.3 million.





Official Sources
Way more game setting and systems details: http://eternity.obsidian.net/
Obsidian forums Dev Post parser: Project Eternity Dev Tracker
Project Lead Josh Sawyer's Tumblr: http://jesawyer.tumblr.com
Posts by Project Lead Josh Sawyer in the previous SA thread: http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...52&userid=17931
Project Lead Josh Sawyer's formspring: http://www.formspring.me/JESawyer

Articles
Rock Paper Shotgun: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/201...ty/#more-179401
PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2071...-interview.html
Gamebanshee interview: http://www.gamebanshee.com/intervie...-interview.html
The Secret History of Obsidian Entertainment: http://kotaku.com/5968952/the-knigh...ying-games-ever




Game is now available for pre-order on Steam and GOG and other places!

http://eternity.obsidian.net/

Scorchy fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2015 around 20:19

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Gyshall
Feb 24, 2009

Had a couple of drinks.
Saw a couple of things.


Rock Paper Shotgun article just published.

eonwe
Aug 11, 2008



Lipstick Apathy

I really feel like my pledge was well placed. I've been kind of burnt on them before and found what I got to be disappointing, but that trailer looks fantastic. This game is a love letter to people who enjoyed Infinity engine games.

The Ol Spicy Keychain
Jan 16, 2013

The Old Moon!








In on this

The game looks great and I hope we'll get it in the first half of 2014 rather than later!

Fair Bear Maiden
Jun 17, 2013


Couple of super-recent interviews:
GameBanshee
PCWorld
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?


Awww yeah, finally I can stop worrying about managing my pledge, it's all taken care of now.

Arnold of Soissons
Mar 4, 2011

by XyloJW


Oh wow it has an official title and a ballpark release guess since I last checked in on it. That's pretty great.

Kurtofan
Feb 16, 2011

hon hon hon


Crossposting from the old thread:

ReV VAdAUL posted:

Can anyone complete their order yet? I keep getting bounced back to the address stage.

That's happening to me as well.

FuriousGeorge
Jan 23, 2006

Ah, the simple joys of a monkey knife-fight.

Grimey Drawer

I'm diggin' the reading-out-of-spellbook animation for spellcasting @ 1:07 in the gameplay teaser. Have they released any character bios or info yet? I wanna know all about smug, blonde Russell Crowe.

Hakkesshu
Nov 3, 2009



I think the game looks super good, but that was kind of a bad trailer! The assets look great enough on their own in full resolution, why zoom in like that and make them look so grungy? That seems like a weird decision.

Edit: Huh, I must've been watching the 480p version because I just went through it again and it looked much sharper. My mistake!

Hakkesshu fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2013 around 22:12

coffeetable
Feb 5, 2006

TELL ME AGAIN HOW GREAT BRITAIN WOULD BE IF IT WAS RULED BY THE MERCILESS JACKBOOT OF PRINCE CHARLES

YES I DO TALK TO PLANTS ACTUALLY


Was kinda disappointed with how short the video was, especially after the 20 min one Wasteland 2 did, but fortunately there's about ten thousand words worth of detail in the various interviews

CottonWolf
Jul 20, 2012

Could you imagine the step?
It's genius!


Kurtofan posted:

That's happening to me as well.

Me too. I've also spotted that the campaign almanac doesn't seem to be listed as included in (at least) the $140 tier, when it should be in every tier above $50. I could see that causing problems considering they're also selling it as an add-on.

Edit: I suppose I should probably contact them about that.

Line Feed
Sep 7, 2012

Seeds taste better with friends.


The Pillars of Eternity logo looks really nice. Props to the artists.

Cross-Section
Mar 18, 2009



Fun Shoe

Kurtofan posted:

Crossposting from the old thread:

ReV VAdAUL posted:

Can anyone complete their order yet? I keep getting bounced back to the address stage.

That's happening to me as well.

Getting this on my end, too.

Sleep of Bronze
Feb 9, 2013

If I could only somewhere find Aias, master of the warcry, then we could go forth and again ignite our battle-lust, even in the face of the gods themselves.

Kurtofan posted:

Crossposting from the old thread:


That's happening to me as well.

Aye, me too. But that's further than I could get before, so I'm happy with some progress being made.

Sober
Nov 19, 2011

First touch: Life.
Second touch: Dead again. Forever.

Wow everything about the reveal is loving awesome. Good thing I put in like 300$ for this.

I have actually not played any Infinity Engine games yet, I need to correct this

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?


I had no problem completing my pledge but I'm getting zero physical rewards/add-ons, so I guess it's a problem only for those who are?

Scorchy
Jul 15, 2006

Smug Statement: Elementary, my dear meatbag.


Update post is live as well, unfortunately the web server is dying but here's a mirror: http://pedevtracker.azurewebsites.net/Post/View/8198

Gonna point out a couple of things with the new site, the price point for new backers is now 35$ (up from $29, suspect it'll end up around $40 at release) and the estimated release date is now Winter 2014.

mutantmell
Oct 14, 2012


Kurtofan posted:

Cross-Section" post="423019511 posted:

That's happening to me as well.

Getting this on my end, too.

I managed to get all the way through without incident, but as soon as I was finished the site lagged out for me, so maybe I was just really lucky

mutantmell fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2013 around 22:19

Prokhor Zakharov
Dec 31, 2008
Good luck with your depression!


Gameplay footage looks great, can't wait for more.

CottonWolf
Jul 20, 2012

Could you imagine the step?
It's genius!


Mine's gone through now. Guess they're just getting hit pretty hard.

Sleep of Bronze
Feb 9, 2013

If I could only somewhere find Aias, master of the warcry, then we could go forth and again ignite our battle-lust, even in the face of the gods themselves.

Yeah, went through when I tried again. And I threw an extra £20 at them for the expansion and the Almanac whilst I was at it.

Sulphagnist
Oct 10, 2006

WARNING! INTRUDERS DETECTED



That's actually something I've been wondering, I donated enough for the game and the expansion pack but I don't think any of the emails have included anything on order fulfillment i.e. getting to actually pick the expansion pack for my "extra" contribution over the $20. Have I missed something?

Edit: Never mind I'm blind it's right on the website!

The Crotch
Oct 16, 2012

Do you like taxing other people?


Sounds like I was lucky to get my pledge management through nice and quick.

Now to dive into the ten billion god drat interviews...

Archonic
Oct 11, 2003

bury me with it


Clicking on the gem on the backer's site takes you took me here:

http://www.nosleepforthewatcher.com/

In the page source is the following:

quote:

This world wants to drag us down, it does. It made you a Watcher. No one asks for that. And the weight, that guilt they want to hang around my neck, you don't have to carry it one more step. You think they won't let you rest, but it's not up to them. It never was.

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1stGear
Jan 16, 2010

whoa nice


College Slice

The trailer feels 90s as hell, so they got that part down.

Scorchy
Jul 15, 2006

Smug Statement: Elementary, my dear meatbag.


Archonic posted:

Clicking on the gem on the backer's site takes you here:

It's a random link script I think. It alternately took me to the Obsidian order thread and also the Kerfluffles marshmallows store page (which were delicious).

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011



What's this about an expansion? Anyway, I think I'm going to hold off on buying that until I've played and liked the base game. God bless Steam.

Daeren
Aug 17, 2009

YER MUSTACHE IS CROOKED


I like how the RPS interview wasn't just slobbering all over Obsidian with constant, unchecked praise. It had actual journalistic criticism in it.

And Sawyer mentions muscle wizards and disses elves in the PCWorld interview

Insurrectionist
May 21, 2007


Everything except the floaty party movement looked great. Definitely looking forward to more previews in the (hopefully near) future!

Delusibeta
Aug 7, 2013


Yeah, my pledge remains unconfirmed. Oh well, try again tomorrow.

CottonWolf
Jul 20, 2012

Could you imagine the step?
It's genius!


Archonic posted:

Clicking on the gem on the backer's site takes you took me here:

http://www.nosleepforthewatcher.com/

In the page source is the following:

quote:

This world wants to drag us down, it does. It made you a Watcher. No one asks for that. And the weight, that guilt they want to hang around my neck, you don't have to carry it one more step. You think they won't let you rest, but it's not up to them. It never was.

That was the text that was used in the initial build-up for the kickstarter. As well as something about the difference between someone and the sea being that the sea doesn't stop.

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011



Daeren posted:

I like how the RPS interview wasn't just slobbering all over Obsidian with constant, unchecked praise. It had actual journalistic criticism in it.

And Sawyer mentions muscle wizards and disses elves in the PCWorld interview

RPS is generally pretty decent as far as games journalism goes. They did a piece on Divinity: Original Sin yesterday:

quote:

For example, to find a way into one suspect’s house, me and my partner found that we could pick the lock, teleport inside using arcane magicks, talk somebody into giving us the key, or murder the person carrying the key. Everyone in the game can be killed and Larian have ensured that every quest can be completed using alternate means if an essential NPC dies. Many of these backup solutions are intentionally obscure and/or challenging, but that they exist at all shows Larian’s strength of commitment to this particular brand of sandbox/open world.

...

That’s the brilliance of the game though. It was a daft thing to do and it took ages, but it was memorable in a way that only that sort of deviance from the ‘correct’ path can be. Original Sin is a heavily scripted game, with thousands of lines of dialogue, hundreds of quests and characters, and carefully constructed tactical encounters – but everything is built on flexible systems, starting with those flowerpots, and that means almost anything is possible within the very broad rules of the world.



Betweens Pillars of Eternity and D:OS, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for the PC gaming master race.

Sleep of Bronze
Feb 9, 2013

If I could only somewhere find Aias, master of the warcry, then we could go forth and again ignite our battle-lust, even in the face of the gods themselves.

Scorchy posted:

It's a random link script I think. It alternately took me to the Obsidian order thread and also the Kerfluffles marshmallows store page (which were delicious).

Their error page talked about an invasion by Kerfufflopagus or something. The marshmallows have their, er ... appendages? ... everwhere!

Edit: Yep this is happening.
KERFLUFFLEUPOGUS DEMANDS PALADINS.

Phlegmish posted:

What's this about an expansion? Anyway, I think I'm going to hold off on buying that until I've played and liked the base game. God bless Steam.

You saw SAGA in the trailer? That's fantasy game dev code for "we want to make this a franchise".

Sleep of Bronze fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2013 around 22:40

Ihmemies
Oct 6, 2012



Ropekid: IF you introduce more stretch goals, please consider finishing the base game as promised with the original kickstarter features, and implemenr the additional goals as DLC, director's cut or something.

I don't want to wait for an eternity for some game with ever expanding feature creep.

Un-l337-Pork
Sep 9, 2001

Oooh yeah...




Gameplay video looked great. I actually think that I prefer more of the 2.5D look to full 3D for RPGs, but that's probably because I'm an old loving nerd. The water looks really nice in motion -- adds a lot of life to the environment vs. BG2 style water.

A Tartan Tory
Mar 26, 2010

You call that a shotgun?!


This still looks so loving good.

Airfoil
Sep 10, 2013

I'm a rocket man


Is the music in the trailer original? If so, I'm curious if the chorus is actually singing in a PoE conlang.

Sounds vaguely Latin, so it may just be that.

Phobophilia
Apr 26, 2008
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Huh, wasn't this game originally set in a sort of magi-technological future built on successive layers of an ancient ruined civilization? Guess that's changed from something Planescapey to more Baldursgatey.

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chiefnewo
May 21, 2007



I've already sent Obsidian a message via the pledge website, but I want to whinge about it here too. I donated extra money during the Kickstarter for international shipping and an addon. The addon is $5 cheaper on the pledge website, so when I get to the checkout it mentions that I have money remaining. The balance shown on the checkout sheet correctly shows that international shipping will be taken out and there is $5 remaining. When I select to donate the $5 as additional funding it also takes the $30 for international shipping, then wants to charge me another $30 on top for the shipping I've already paid for!

I figure this is just an oversight and will be corrected quickly, but it's a bit of an oops that the system doesn't correctly take into account international shipping.

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