During the Microsoft Xbox X018 event last weekend in Mexico City, Microsoft announced the acquisition of two big-name RPG studios: Obsidian Entertainment and InXile Entertainment. Matt Booty, VP at Microsoft Studios,…
Even non-Dungeons & Dragons fans recognize Critical Role, the incredibly popular live-streaming D&D show of professional voice actors. Obsidian Entertainment has announced a partnership with the entire cast of Critical Role for upcoming RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Players will be able to select any of their Vox Machina characters as voices for their own player characters and custom party members.
“I was such a fan of the original Pillars game, and thoroughly enjoying being a part of the vibrant world the team created,” says voice actor Matthew Mercer. “With the wonderful folks of Obsidian now bringing the entire cast of Critical Role to bring even more of the world of Eora to life, it’s sparked this incredible opportunity to bring our Critical Role characters of Vox Machina into their world via custom art and voice sets. A truly surreal milestone for this D&D nerd.”
Matthew Mercer, the Dungeon Master for Critical Role, did the voice work for multiple characters in the first Pillars of Eternity. Both Edér and Aloth will return as party members in the sequel.
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“Working closely with the cast of Critical Role to bring Deadfire’s companions and story to life has been an amazing experience,” states Justin E. Bell, audio director, Obsidian. “Their incredible acting talent, ensemble chemistry, and tabletop roleplaying expertise coupled with Obsidian’s expertise in making deep, immersive, CRPG’s is the perfect combination. Together we’ve made something really special that we’re very proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with fans of RPGs when Deadfire releases.”
As an added bonus, special player portraits of the Vox Machina characters will be available as free DLC when Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire launches on May 8. It’s rated M for Mature.
Versus Evil and Obsidian Entertainment have announced the release date for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Pillars of Eternity 2 will launch April 3 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Pre-orders are now available.
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is the sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, the first crowdfunded RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. Their goal was to make a classic tactical computer RPG from the Golden Age of the late 90s and early 2000s, and they mostly succeeded. Pillars 2 was funded via video game investment site Fig, raising $4.4 million, over 400% of their funding goal.
“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is our first sequel here at Obsidian and we’ve created something incredible,” said Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart. “At Obsidian, we are all about stories, worlds, and characters, and in Deadfire we’ve done it again with a vast open world explorable by the player’s own customizable ship, character customization with enough options to make any RPG player want to make a hundred characters, and an exciting narrative that truly delivers on the reactivity that makes our games special. We’re confident that new and returning players will find Deadfire to be the RPG experience of the year.”
Pillars of Eternity 2 is available in three editions. The Standard Edition contains the game for $49.99. A Deluxe Edition ($59.99) also includes the soundtrack and several digital goodies including an in-game pet, RPG starter guide, and a digital guide book.
The Obsidian Edition comes in digital and physical versions. The digital version is priced at $74.99, and includes everything in the Deluxe version plus the first three DLC expansions. The physical Obsidian Edition costs $79.99 and also include a physical cloth map of the region, a notepad, and a set of postcards.
Pre-ordering any version of Pillars of Eternity 2 nets three in game rewards, St. Drogga’s Skull, Beakhead the hawk, and a Black Flag for your ship.
Pillars of Eternity 2 launches April 3 on PC.
The DRM-free digital distribution provider GOG.com has officially added three of Bethesda’s RPGs to their catalog. Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion can now be purchased and played on PC without requiring Steam. All three games are being sold in their Game of the Year editions which include all officially released DLC.
As part of the release, the new additions as well as older Fallout and Elder Scrolls games are on sale throughout the weekend. Grab PC gaming classics like Fallout, Fallout 2 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for 75% off. Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Oblivion are currently 50% off at $9.99 each.
Fallout 3 launched in 2008 as a massive 3D overhaul to the 90’s RPG series. Fallout: New Vegas released two years later, and was actually developed by Obsidian Entertainment. It was extremely buggy on release but has since been patched, and the four DLC packs were all well-received. New Vegas is generally considered the superior title but both games are fun post-apocalyptic romps within huge worlds.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion needs no introduction. Launched in 2006 it quickly became the benchmark for RPGs for the previous generation. It helped pave the way for modern open-world games, as well as the then-entirely new concept of Downloadable Content. Hardcore Elder Scrolls fans remain reminiscent for Morrowind, and 2011’s Skyrim is the behemoth best-seller that shattered records. But Oblivion is still a solid open-world adventure to lose dozens if not hundreds of hours in.
The Fallout and Elder Scrolls Sale ends Tuesday, June 6.