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http://gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/259460/SECOND_PILLARS_OF_ETERNITY_EXPANSION_TO_RELEASE_THISWINTER.php

 

IRVINE, CA (November 16, 2016): Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive announced today that The White March – Part 2, the second expansion to Pillars of Eternity, will be released late January 2016, bringing players back to the snowy borderlands of The Eastern Reach.
 
The White March – Part 2 adds new content to the Pillars of Eternity universe, including new quests, new abilities, and a new companion: Meneha, the Barbarian. The expansion also offers players a higher level cap, and the new “Story Time” mode, letting players experience the incredible narrative of Pillars of Eternity at a faster pace. Directed by Josh Sawyer, Game Director of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, The White March - Part 2 features an expertly crafted story from Eric Fenstermaker, lead writer of Pillars of Eternity and the co-writer of South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Carrie Patel, author of the Recoletta series and writer on the original Pillars of Eternity.
 
Pillars of Eternity, created by role-playing game (RPG) veterans also known for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and South Park: The Stick of Truth, is a RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. Created thanks to over 75,000 crowdfunding backers, Pillars of Eternity has sold over 600,000 units, was released to critical acclaim in March 2015, and is #6 on Metacritic’s 15 Best PC Games of 2015. The White March - Part 2 completes the story began in the first expansion, The White March – Part 1, bringing the first epic chapter in the Pillars of Eternity universe to a close .
 
For more information on Pillars of Eternity, visit http://pillarsofeternity.com/.

 

 

 

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Anti-Biowarian will have a heart attack when reading the Story Time thing.

 

I wonder what it enthuses? Less trash mob? I will say, it won't be as satisfying to resolve the first leg of Sagani's quest without fighting if the map isn't crawling with critters!

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Story mode?  Colour me worried.  Does sound very Biowarian, almost expect a 'press button to skip battles' option.


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Awesome thanks for the update. Looking forward to it.

 

Story time? Dunno, maybe they mean a really easy mode? As I understand it, currently the difference in difficulty is mainly in how many and what type of critters appear. Perhaps they are editing the actual stats of the creatures to make it easier?

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I don't mind story mode, it's a solid addition to games these days. There's a suprising (to me, anyways) demand for games with no or minimal, well, gameplay, these days. It's easy enough to feed that demand in a game even with a gameplay focus to get extra sales.

 

What'd I'd like though, would be a no-story mode. Something for doing replays, that just puts the player from action to action, with only the bare minmal story to push progress in the same lines it'd go with the full story on.

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What's wrong with an option of story mode? It's optional no? Besides, there are so many people complaining about combat being tough and complicated, so there's something for them.

I wouldn't use it though, but I wouldn't use trial of iron mode either. So there's super difficult and super easy. What's to worry about?

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The enhanced edition of Icewind Dale had a story mode in which party members were nearly invulnerable and nearly always hit their targets.  It was advertised as a way to experience the game's story without needing to reload.  While the exact parameters of PoE's upcoming story mode haven't been released, it would presumably be similar to this, and geared toward the non-RPG gamer who finds battles tedious but enjoys strolling around the game's maps and watching the plot unfold.    

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I'm honestly baffled they'd spend time and resources implementing a story mode, if nothing else because the game's already so incredibly easy.

 

Appreciate that not everyone's able to steamroll Hard and PotD, but the game already comes packed with an Easy mode that should be practically impossible to eff-up.

 

With that said, January 2016 is much earlier than I expected. I'm glad we'll get to play it so soon, although I hope the shorter development time vs. part I won't affect the overall quality. I also hope they'll keep rolling out patches for a relatively long time after pt. II is released.

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Can't say that "Story time" fills me with much excitement. Whatever happened to just playing the goddamn game? There are already, what, 5 difficulties with all kinds of additional customization options.

I hope it didn't took to much effort to implement, it'd be a damn shame if it did as that effort could've gone elsewhere.

 

But yeah, good to see a release soon. Hopefully all the other new stuff will be worth it.


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Awesome thanks for the update. Looking forward to it.

 

Story time? Dunno, maybe they mean a really easy mode? As I understand it, currently the difference in difficulty is mainly in how many and what type of critters appear. Perhaps they are editing the actual stats of the creatures to make it easier?

I think you have it right. I read it as being a really easy difficulty option. Probably not directed at the hardcore set. It was a tough game for new players, though, and the AI's gotten tougher over time. There probably are a good number of players that wouldn't mind an easier time with the combat.

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Don't really know what story mode is supposed to be, so hard to judge it.

 

I really hope they find a way to not make the barbie companion show up super late.  Kind of hoping they just backport him into Act 1 or right after Caed Nua.

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Yes but now those same people will complain about Story Mode lol

 

Some people just live to complain, and online forums are perfect for that. The developers are doing well with this update and are smart to ignore the forums

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One could also complain about the trial of iron mode. "Those devs make games only for a few hardcore fans. blah blah blah". Why is everybody so upset about a game mode? Like it's forced upon us? wtf? The game is supposed to be played in normal. Everything else are options to modify difficulty to one's needs. It had super hard mode, now it'll have super easy mode. I don't see any problem here.

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Just to confirm, I really have no problem with story mode. If it makes money for the developers - awesome, that'll mean POE2 :) I'm just interested in how they will do it. Regarding the game being easy as is... It actually isn't, believe it or not there is a fair learning curve especially if you haven't played the older games, and don't have a grounding in good old fashioned d&d or systems modeled on it.


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Just to confirm, I really have no problem with story mode. If it makes money for the developers - awesome, that'll mean POE2 :) I'm just interested in how they will do it. Regarding the game being easy as is... It actually isn't, believe it or not there is a fair learning curve especially if you haven't played the older games, and don't have a grounding in good old fashioned d&d or systems modeled on it.

 

You are not in the majority with that assessment. The people in Sensuki's corner, for example, complain that by simply abusing rest spam and finding a few basic combo's, combat in PoE is repetitive; essentially claiming that the path to victory is redundant and easy to execute but unfulfilling.

 

And then there's what you said...

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Just to confirm, I really have no problem with story mode. If it makes money for the developers - awesome, that'll mean POE2 :) I'm just interested in how they will do it. Regarding the game being easy as is... It actually isn't, believe it or not there is a fair learning curve especially if you haven't played the older games, and don't have a grounding in good old fashioned d&d or systems modeled on it.

 

You are not in the majority with that assessment. The people in Sensuki's corner, for example, complain that by simply abusing rest spam and finding a few basic combo's, combat in PoE is repetitive; essentially claiming that the path to victory is redundant and easy to execute but unfulfilling.

 

And then there's what you said...

 

 

Hey, if Story Time removes magical friendly fire, a lot of spells suddenly work quite differently.

 

Fireballs for everyone! (Instead of the magic missile-equivalents that are much safer to spam.)

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Can't say that "Story time" fills me with much excitement. Whatever happened to just playing the goddamn game? There are already, what, 5 difficulties with all kinds of additional customization options.

I hope it didn't took to much effort to implement, it'd be a damn shame if it did as that effort could've gone elsewhere.

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That's all the effort you really need to spend, altho I'm sure Obsidian has done a bit more work than that. As for "Effort that could have gone elsewhere", I found out about the news 30 minutes ago and already sold the game to at least one person on this alone (if it actually gets implemented anyway)

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I'm honestly baffled they'd spend time and resources implementing a story mode, if nothing else because the game's already so incredibly easy.

 

Appreciate that not everyone's able to steamroll Hard and PotD, but the game already comes packed with an Easy mode that should be practically impossible to eff-up.

 

With that said, January 2016 is much earlier than I expected. I'm glad we'll get to play it so soon, although I hope the shorter development time vs. part I won't affect the overall quality. I also hope they'll keep rolling out patches for a relatively long time after pt. II is released.

 

It is the same development time as Part 1.

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I won't complain about the story mode feature because it's optional, but it's quite embarassing that people find the game hard when me, an average player, steamrolled the game on hard mode.

 

If you want no-gameplay and follow the story only i guess it is better to switch on books

 

I hope they balanced the difficulty so i can restart a full playtrough when part 2 will be released

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I'm honestly baffled they'd spend time and resources implementing a story mode, if nothing else because the game's already so incredibly easy.

 

Appreciate that not everyone's able to steamroll Hard and PotD, but the game already comes packed with an Easy mode that should be practically impossible to eff-up.

 

With that said, January 2016 is much earlier than I expected. I'm glad we'll get to play it so soon, although I hope the shorter development time vs. part I won't affect the overall quality. I also hope they'll keep rolling out patches for a relatively long time after pt. II is released.

 

It is the same development time as Part 1.

 

 

I think time stopped a bit for Andrea cause of that crit-to-hit bug:

https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/83013-twm-202-crit-to-hit-conversion-doesnt-work-quite-well/?p=1746284

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I think we should stop talking about how difficult the game "objectively" is. It is annoying and might sound insulting to some.

Each person has their own way of playing games. Just because you felt it was easy it doesen't mean it was. It was easy just to you. Others might find it difficult. I, myself, found it just about fine on normal. Thats why there are options and difficulty levels. More options is always good for any game.

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Pretty much what Sedrefilos said. There's also the small issue of not everybody enjoying the combat, so pretty much giving an option to skip all combat is a great addition. As for "You should rather read a book", even if we kicked all combat out of the game, it would provide a significantly different experience to reading a book. Don't forget, making story-based decisions and predicting outcomes is also a form of gameplay.

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It is the same development time as Part 1.

 

My math needs help (as though I really needed more reminders.)

 

 

I think time stopped a bit for Andrea cause of that crit-to-hit bug:

https://forums.obsidian.net/topic/83013-twm-202-crit-to-hit-conversion-doesnt-work-quite-well/?p=1746284

 

 

It was fixed in 2.03. Regardless, what does that have to do with the price of butter?


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Sorry, that was my wanna-be-clever way of trying to explain why you didn't catch the similarity on Development time

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