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Obsidian officially announces Pathfinder partnership, first game

13 Aug 2014  by   Tim McDonald
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Obsidian Entertainment have announced that they have partnered with Paizo to produce games based on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

We mentioned yesterday that an Obsidian/Pathfinder banner had been spotted at Gen Con, and now we officially know what that’s all about. Obsidian, for the uninitiated, are the studio that developed Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Neverwinter Nights 2, Alpha Protocol, and a bunch of other top-notch RPGs. They’re currently working on Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity.

That said, the first announced title Pathfinder title probably isn’t what you’re expecting. Are you thinking it’ll be a huge, turn-based RPG on PC? Well, it’s not. It’s a tablet game based on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game – a co-op game for up to four players. I suppose it might hit PC at some point, though. That’s not the only thing being done, thankfully; it’s called a “long-term licensing partnership” and this is described as the “first licensed product”, so maybe they’ll get onto doing a proper RPG once Pillars of Eternity is done. Assuming this now doesn’t mean they’re suddenly going to turn that into Pathfinder: Pillars of Eternity, or something.

Pathfinder is a variant of D&D 3.5e with adjustments to make the rules simpler and more sensible, but with more options; it also has its own campaign setting (the world of Golarion). It is generally much approved of in pen-and-paper gaming circles.

Naturally, we’ll keep you posted when something more interesting than a tablet game is announced.

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  1. Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo, has strongly hinted that Obsidian is also working on a Pathfinder CRPG:

    I’ve never played the card game, but it sounds vaguely like Fantasy Flight’s co-op LOTR card game, which I do like. It’s definitely something different from your typical competitive card game, so at least it won’t be competing directly against the likes of Hearthstone or M:TG.

    August 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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