Obsidian Entertainment have recently brought gamers the very well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth, and have in the past worked on such titles as Fallout: New Vegas. Back in 2012, they launched and completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a new Role-Playing Game, in the style of games like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. That game is entitled Pillars Of Eternity.
That Kickstarter project raised over $4.5 Million, and Obsidian Entertainment have pledged that every last Dollar raised from crowd-funding will be used to pay for development of the game itself. In fact, Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, stated:
“This game would not have happened if not for the passion and generosity of our backers, and their faith in us to create the game they wanted… How we are developing Pillars of Eternity has not, and will not be, changed; we will deliver the game we promised to our backers, and we will deliver it this year. Having Paradox as a partner, with their expertise in independent games like Pillars of Eternity, lets us put all of our focus on making an incredible game.”
Obsidian have teamed with Paradox Interactive to take care of the Marketing and Distribution of their game, which is intended to free up Obsidian to focus solely on making the best game that they can. This allows the title to remain independent, and be marketed and sold as such. This really is a project for the fans, and built by the support of the fans – so it will be fascinating to see how the project develops and how much input fans will have on the final product.