After its brief beta period, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will be launching on PC on April 3rd, Obsidian has announced. Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire’s road to release has been suspiciously smoothly sailing, at least from the outside looking in. That’s not meant to sound distrustful but those folks at Obsidian really do know how to crack out an RPG to schedule, and they rarely disappoint.
It’s all a bit nautically themed this time around for Pillars 2, with players captaining their very own ship as they explore the uncharted seas of the Deadfire archipelago. ‘Tis not just a grog-swilling party boat though, as it’ll act as a player’s base on the high seas, complete with a crew and upgradeable components that should hopefully ensure players don’t meet a watery end.
"Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is our first sequel here at Obsidian and we’ve created something incredible," says Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart. "At Obsidian, we are all about stories, worlds, and characters, and in Deadfire we’ve done it again with a vast open world explorable by the player’s own customizable ship, character customization with enough options to make any RPG player want to make a hundred characters, and an exciting narrative that truly delivers on the reactivity that makes our games special.
"We’re confident that new and returning players will find Deadfire to be the RPG experience of the year." A bold statement in the year of our lord and saviour, Vampyr.
Naturally, there is a trio of pre-order options for PoE2: Deadfire, ranging from $50 for the base game all the way up to the $75 Obsidian Edition. The base game is pretty much self-explanatory, while the $60 Digital Deluxe Edition also includes the Pillars II soundtrack, an in-game pet, “special in-game item #1” (tres mystique, Rodney), a pen & paper RPG starter guide, a high-resolution digital game map and a digital guidebook. Lastly, the Obsidian Edition, which is all of that plus Deadfire DLC Content Packs 1-3, which is also serves as confirmation that Pillars of Eternity 2 will get a glut of post-launch support.
Just to ready yourself, be sure to head on over and check out Pillars of Eternity 2's system requirements ahead of launch day. It's pretty low-end friendly making it perfect laptop fodder.
What are your hype levels for the return of Pillars? What improvements do you think could be made over the original, already excellent RPG?