Obsidian Entertainment has announced a release date for their highly anticipated isometric, party-based, fantasy RPG. Pillars of Eternity will be releasing for PC, Mac and Linux on March 26th, 2015! Pillars of Eternity was originally scheduled for release in April 2014, but was since delayed to winter, and now, here we are and we have a specific release date to mark in our calendars.
Pillars of Eternity, originally know as Project Eternity, was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter (On October 17th, 2012. Yup, it's been that long since we first heard about Project Eternity) collecting a whopping $3,986,929 (reaching at least $4,163,208 through Paypal backers after the end of the kickstarter campaign), smashing through 13 of Obsidian's stretch goals. Pillars of Eternity currently holds the honor of being the 8th most funded project on Kickstarter ever, through all categories, only being beaten by Torment: Tides of Numenoria (which got to $4,188,927 in their own crowdfunding campaing) in the game project section.
Don't know what kind of game Pillars of Eternity is? From the Kickstarter campaign page:
Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.
Combat uses a tactical real-time with pause system - positioning your party and coordinating attacks and abilities is one of the keys to success. The world map is dotted with unique locations and wilderness ripe for exploration and questing. You’ll create your own character and collect companions along the way – taking him or her not just through this story, but, with your continued support, through future adventures. You will engage in dialogues that are deep, and offer many choices to determine the fate of you and your party. …and you'll experience a story that explores mature themes and presents you with complex, difficult choices to shape how your story plays out.
So, Pillars of Eternity will release on March 26th.
Did you back Project Eternity of Kickstarter or will you be picking up the game when it releases? How do you feel about Obsidian revisiting the old-school isometric style of RPGs?