Obsidian and Paradox Interactive have announced that they’ll be working together to bring Pillars of Eternity to the masses, with Obsidian handling 100% of the development while Paradox assumes responsibility for all the marketing and distribution responsibilities.
We’ve put together this handy dandy FAQ to answer any questions you may already have, and we’ll continuously update the FAQ to incorporate the questions you’ve thought of that we haven’t.
Pillars of Eternity is still on track to be the amazing cRPG you asked for and backed, and we’re forever grateful to you all.
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-Obsidian and Paradox Interactive
What is this partnership about?
Simply put, Paradox is assuming responsibility for the marketing and distribution of Pillars of Eternity. What this means is that Obsidian can now devote all of their time and resources to the development of Pillars of Eternity and make the game the best it can be.
Paradox has its roots in PC gaming and is known for publishing and developing some very niche titles. Like you, they’re fans of RPGs from the Infinity Engine days and have been around almost as long. Heck, some of them are even backers! If anyone can appreciate the passion and dedication of this project, it is certainly Paradox.
I donated money so Obsidian could take on this project solo, why take on a partner?
By handing off duties not related to development, Obsidian can focus on making the game that much better. We truly believe this is for the good of the game and, by extension, for the good of the community.
Does Obsidian still own the IP for Pillars of Eternity?
Absolutely, no changes here.
If Obsidian now has a partner, will they be assisting in the development of Pillars of Eternity?
Obsidian is still fully in charge of development and will continue to be so all the way through launch and beyond.
With Paradox on board, is more money being given to the project?
Pillars of Eternity is still being funded solely by the donations given by the community and the scope hasn’t changed, with Obsidian still 100% in charge of development and every single penny raised by the community going toward development.
I’m supposed to receive a backer reward, has anything changed?
Nothing has changed on this front. If you were promised an item, whether it be digital or physical, rest assured that you will still receive it. For those that get to help design aspects of the game, you’ll also still get to participate and should have already been contacted by Obsidian. To ensure your submission, please visit https://eternity.obsidian.net/.
Will Pillars of Eternity still be released this year?
As communicated previously, we’re confident that Pillars of Eternity will be wrapped up by year’s end. The partnership has no influence over our projected launch date.