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For whatever reason I feel like it's going to be Gothic or Lovecraftian in theme. I sort of think it's whatever Obsidian's answer to V:TM-B before paradox acquired White Wolf. I'm not assuming Obsidian has that license locked down, in fact I'm assuming it's more of a passion project to see a long desired project come to fruition.

 

Course I could be totally wrong on the theme. All we know is that it's 3D on the Unreal engine. It could be 3rd person or 1st person, though I am inclined to lean towards the later. Maybe it's dual camera.

 

I wished it's another RTwP and isometric game? Well my wish is basically close to 0 hope.

 

 

I'm not sure exactly how large Obs is, and how many teams they are currently running. But at least 3 I believe, with some other small units. Deadfire and Tyranny team share some engine and tooling programmer, but otherwise seem mostly distinct. Deadfire team is tied up until sometime into late Q1 early Q2 of next year. Tyranny team seems to have freed up, it's possible they are continuing with Tyranny or on another game in the infinity-like style. The Cainarsky team probably grows over time as it moves through development stages, I doubt they'd gut the Pillars team for it, but the Tyranny team probably. The Pathfinder team seems small and mostly in a support role, not so much in full dev mode so I'm not really counting it.

 

I predict Josh and PoE team will do a 3rd and final game, before giving the IP to another team to explore other ideas in the world of Eora. I also imagine the Tyranny team eventually making another infinity-like IP down the road even if they are pulled apart to work on the Cainarsky title.

 

All of this arm chair analysis, but I think the team distributions has been made somewhat transparent and I'm pretty confident that there will be a 3rd pillars. Josh has mentioned it in theory and Feargus has mentioned it practice. Plus, getting that 3rd entry like the original BG/IWDs/FO never managed I think will be a worthy milestone to pursue, then they can feel free to explore new projects. Maybe Josh will get his historical rpg after that!

 

 

They had 4½ teams few months ago:

Deadfire

Tyranny DLC's (most likely 2nd DLC pack incoming knowing Paradox)

Pathfinder Adventures (not sure if they stopped working on this after the recent pack release)

Indiana (Cain & Boyarsky)

½ of a project that they seemed to like.



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They had 4½ teams few months ago:


Deadfire

Tyranny DLC's (most likely 2nd DLC pack incoming knowing Paradox)

Pathfinder Adventures (not sure if they stopped working on this after the recent pack release)

Indiana (Cain & Boyarsky)

½ of a project that they seemed to like.

 

I knew they had some ancillary thing that I wasn't sure about, and I was intentionally not counting the pathfinder team as it seemed to dwindle down to just a small content team. It's development and engineering phase had largely already wrapped up.



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???

Profit!

 

Something Gothic with a bit of action would be in place.

Keep up good work,



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I wished it's another RTwP and isometric game? Well my wish is basically close to 0 hope.

Eh, they've done plenty of those already and currently. Time for something else for people not so much into isometric wizards.

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They had 4½ teams few months ago:


Deadfire

Tyranny DLC's (most likely 2nd DLC pack incoming knowing Paradox)

Pathfinder Adventures (not sure if they stopped working on this after the recent pack release)

Indiana (Cain & Boyarsky)

½ of a project that they seemed to like.

 

I knew they had some ancillary thing that I wasn't sure about, and I was intentionally not counting the pathfinder team as it seemed to dwindle down to just a small content team. It's development and engineering phase had largely already wrapped up.

 

 

I think the team size has pretty much stayed the same, around 10 during Pathfinder's development with at least some members splitting time on other projects as well.
 



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I would so much like to see them make NWN 3. With updated tools that are even better than NWN ones. That game would thrive for decades! New persistent world servers and modules! 

 

Eh.... wishes...

 

Edit:

 

P.S. Obsidian please do not make this game without us. Fig or Kickstarter... I want to be a part of the process and I am sure I am not alone. 

 

And also - Signed CE :))))))


Edited by Aarionn, 10 November 2017 - 04:14 AM.

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I would so much like to see them make NWN 3. With updated tools that are even better than NWN ones. That game would thrive for decades! New persistent world servers and modules! 

 

Eh.... wishes...

 

Edit:

 

P.S. Obsidian please do not make this game without us. Fig or Kickstarter... I want to be a part of the process and I am sure I am not alone. 

 

And also - Signed CE :))))))

If they made anything like this, I'd jump for joy. :aiee:


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Speaking of NWN and Obsidian... I'm actually trying to drag Mephasm into the D&D game I'm about to start playing. Made him the patron Fiend for my Warlock. While I'd love to see them take a shot at 5E D&D, I doubt they'd have a hand on the license.

 

I'm mostly hoping this is going to be Indiana, with them creating a new setting.



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I'm sure Tim Cain is not one to waste time but an announcement already? They would have to show something, no? Something that at the very least should already communicate a look and feel of the final product. Yes, New Vegas didn't take long to make but engine, tools and assets were already done. I can't imagine Obsidian would open crowdfunding based solely on the Troika reputation.


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I'm sure Tim Cain is not one to waste time but an announcement already? They would have to show something, no? Something that at the very least should already communicate a look and feel of the final product. Yes, New Vegas didn't take long to make but engine, tools and assets were already done. I can't imagine Obsidian would open crowdfunding based solely on the Troika reputation.

 

It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.



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I'm sure Tim Cain is not one to waste time but an announcement already? They would have to show something, no? Something that at the very least should already communicate a look and feel of the final product. Yes, New Vegas didn't take long to make but engine, tools and assets were already done. I can't imagine Obsidian would open crowdfunding based solely on the Troika reputation.

 

It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 

 

How do you know?



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It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 
How do you know?

 
The Deadfire SEC filing from March of this year.
 

Obsidian currently has four games in development: Pillars of Eternity II; Tyranny DLC; Pathfinder: Adventures; and an unannounced title with a major publisher.

You can finesse the truth a little bit when dealing with fans or the media, but when you're providing information to potential investors, you have to be very careful to stick to verifiable facts.


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It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 
How do you know?

 
The Deadfire SEC filing from March of this year.
 

Obsidian currently has four games in development: Pillars of Eternity II; Tyranny DLC; Pathfinder: Adventures; and an unannounced title with a major publisher.

You can finesse the truth a little bit when dealing with fans or the media, but when you're providing information to potential investors, you have to be very careful to stick to verifiable facts.

 

 

Exactly. Not to mention if it was a crowdfunded game they would have been hinting way more heavily about it to build up hype. With publishers comes NDAs and they can't really comment much about anything.



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It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 
How do you know?

 
The Deadfire SEC filing from March of this year.

 

I don't understand lawyer script. Where does it mention this unannounced project?


Edited by Beyond The Sea, 13 November 2017 - 08:07 AM.


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It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 
How do you know?

 
The Deadfire SEC filing from March of this year.
 

Obsidian currently has four games in development: Pillars of Eternity II; Tyranny DLC; Pathfinder: Adventures; and an unannounced title with a major publisher.

You can finesse the truth a little bit when dealing with fans or the media, but when you're providing information to potential investors, you have to be very careful to stick to verifiable facts.

Yes indeed. And some stories online also seem to confirm it will be a AAA game, which makes a lot of sense given Feargus has in the past commented on how he'd really like to make a AAA game someday. Since he's mentioned his impending retirement in a few years, now would be that time.



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I'm really curious to find out the publisher. I know Obs isn't big on holding publisher grudges, could they be back Zenimax the with the dominatrix they know? I feel like it's not EA given their history in destroying most independent studios they work with, Insomniac is the one that seemed to survive and they have Sony as their angel. It's probably not a first party either, though it could very well be Microsoft. Despite their last attempt falling to the wayside, I still think a different pitch could work, and Microsoft has the pocket for risks. It's probably not a smallish pub like Paradox. Take-Two is good with PC titles, though their recent shift towards aggressive micro-transactions might not work with Obs's style of games. Ubisoft is fighting a takeover so they might not want to take too much risk right now. WB Interactive seems to mostly publish in-house stuff, though they did pub TW2. Namco Bandai doesn't really seem to take risks on western style games. I guess that leaves Activision who haven't really branched out in a while, but have large reserves.

 

I'm kind of betting on it being Sega, Zenimax, or Microsoft. Like I said, I'm curious to see who the partner is, because I think it will suggest the sort of game that we are getting.


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I'm really curious to find out the publisher. I know Obs isn't big on holding publisher grudges, could they be back Zenimax the with the dominatrix they know? I feel like it's not EA given their history in destroying most independent studios they work with, Insomniac is the one that seemed to survive and they have Sony as their angel. It's probably not a first party either, though it could very well be Microsoft. Despite their last attempt falling to the wayside, I still think a different pitch could work, and Microsoft has the pocket for risks. It's probably not a smallish pub like Paradox. Take-Two is good with PC titles, though their recent shift towards aggressive micro-transactions might not work with Obs's style of games. Ubisoft is fighting a takeover so they might not want to take too much risk right now. WB Interactive seems to mostly publish in-house stuff, though they did pub TW2. Namco Bandai doesn't really seem to take risks on western style games. I guess that leaves Activision who haven't really branched out in a while, but have large reserves.

 

I'm kind of betting on it being Sega, Zenimax, or Microsoft. Like I said, I'm curious to see who the partner is, because I think it will suggest the sort of game that we are getting.

I'm really curious too. And really excited for the announcement. I just hope it will be in a setting that does not involve guns.


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Can't really make any serious predictions about who a publisher is until more is known, which may well be when the game is announced anyway. We don't know much at all concrete apart from it having a publisher, everything else is hints that it's a new IP, possibly some sort of post apoc. We don't even know whether it's AAA and what that entails- the big AAA games often have teams that are far larger than Obsidian's entire dev staff. AAA also has no proper set definition, it's a marketing and expectation management term. As such I wouldn't exclude anyone from being a potential publisher at this point. The best 'fit' for the type of games Obsidian makes would be either Paradox, Nordic ('full' AAA highly unlikely from either) or Bethesda (and FONV is probably still their best '3rd party' seller), and you cannot even exclude someone like CDPR if they decided to get into outright publishing.

 

Most of the big publishers- EA, Ubi, 2k, Activision- rarely use external studios, unless they're interested in buying them up.

 

WB Interactive seems to mostly publish in-house stuff, though they did pub TW2. Namco Bandai doesn't really seem to take risks on western style games.

 

WB distributed TW3 as well in the US, iirc. It was distribution though, they fabricated the media rather than funding the game. Atari Europe/ Namco Bandai distributed all three Witcher games outside the US, and TW1 inside it. I'd agree that neither is a realistic prospect anyway.


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It's not crowdfunded game. They have a publisher for it.

 
How do you know?

 
The Deadfire SEC filing from March of this year.

 

I don't understand lawyer script. Where does it mention this unannounced project?

 

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