Owlcat Games has just announced in a Steam update that their massive CRPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker will receive an Enhanced Edition overhaul along with the third and final DLC called Beneath The Stolen Lands, both to arrive very soon, on June 6. The CRPG was released last September to a very mixed reception, and a ton of bugs and issues that plagued the enjoyment of both veterans of the tabletop game and CRPG aficionados. While it did achieve a kind of cult status, even being named RPG of the Year 2018 by no less than the RPG Codex, it still had a lot of problems, even up to the Patch 1.2 in late January.
The Enhanced Edition will be free to all owners of the original release, and it's not only the culmination of all previous patches and fixes, but features all-new classes, items, abilities, numerous quality-of-life features, and multiple balance adjustments. According to Owlcat Games, this is the ultimate way to play the game. One of the new classes is called Slayer, a combination of Ranger and Rogue. The improved balance comes especially in the beginning (which was too easy) and the last two chapters (which were insanely difficult). It also includes an enhanced kingdom management system, with better balance, usability and player comfort.
Beneath the Stolen Lands is the third and final DLC and had already been postponed from late April to late May. The developers then decided it would make more sense to release it along with the Enhanced Edition on the same release date. After The Wildcards and Varnhold's Lot, Beneath the Stolen Lands adds a massive dungeon with a party made from scratch. You will begin your adventure to the Tenebrous Depths with a party of newly created characters in an endless roguelike dungeon. It will focus on the "near-infinite" possibilities of the Pathfinder creation system, allowing you to try different builds to perfect tactics at your leisure. Every death will enable additional benefits for your next playthrough, unlocking new items that you can buy across multiple playthroughs.
You'll be able to enter the dungeon as your main character, or you can wait for an invitation from a mysterious protector of Golarion as you play through the main campaign. The pre-set version of the dungeon is included in the main campaign, allowing to use your own characters or your companions to conquer the Tenebrous Depths.
Owlcat Games will have a series of dev streams on their official Twitch, and the first will go live today at 7:30 PM EST, where you'll get an in-depth look at a new prestige class. Before the release on June 6, fans can also expect more teasers and dev diaries about the DLC and the Enhanced Edition.
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