South Park: Stick of Truth developer partners with Paradox for new RPG

Paradox Interactive to look after key marketing and distribution of the game.

Developer Obsidian Entertainment has announced its partnership with publisher Paradox Interactive for upcoming PC role-playing game Pillars of Eternity. The publisher will be looking after marketing and distribution for the game, with Obsidian Entertainment retaining full control of development.

Originally known as Project Eternity, Pillars of Eternity drew over $4.1 million in funding as a Kickstarter project. The game will combine elements of role-playing titles like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart confirmed the money raised via the crowdfunding campaign will be spent solely on the game’s development. He also confirmed that the game would be released in 2014, stating "we will deliver the game we promised to our backers, and we will deliver it this year."

Earlier this year, it was announced that Pillars of Eternity would be delayed from its original release date to the second half of 2014.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Zorine “harli” Te is an Associate Editor at GameSpot and is based in Australia.
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Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@LordCrash88 

I will have to concede that I was very wrong about my presumption that Paradox would shackle the games which it publishes with Steamworks DRM. I suppose that I would have to thank you for pointing me to that PC Gaming Wiki page.

However, I would say here that some Paradox-published titles are still shackled with Steamworks DRM - apparently due to its partner's decisions.

With that said, although Obsidian has mentioned that its game would be DRM-free, I would believe it only if the game does come out DRM-free.

Boddicker
Boddicker

Please get a console release. 


Consoles need more PC specific genres badly.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Oh my god..... Paradox, one of the best strategy game developers, working with Obsidian, one of the best devs in RPG....

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This game is going to be so great.

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

this looks interesting. based on that video looks like a diablo style of combat or maybe tile turned based 

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

tell them to change their mind on what kind of combat to use. 

RTWP > TB

DrKill09
DrKill09

Tell Paradox to make another Thrill Kill.  :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

Yeah, Paradox of Eternity: The Swedening.

Zignoff
Zignoff

Let's just hope it can't be damn near 100% in one sitting also...

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

"Obsidian turned to Kickstarter for Project Eternity because the company said it was "almost impossible" to secure the necessary funding through traditional publishing means." What a load of bullshit that turned out to be. They should have gone to Paradox from the start.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Ive truly missed that kind of RPG and the game looks incredible. Deff one of my future purchases once its out.

nigelholden
nigelholden

Just watched the trailer. Yeah, a definite pre-order. I have high hopes for this. Haven't played a decent PC RPG since the original Dragon Age. 

noandno
noandno

A Grand South Park Strategy game?

apolloooo
apolloooo

i've been waiting for this since the first week of kickstarter. this will be goty

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Blackbaldwin your high as a kite..South park was awesome..Bye far one of the best rpgs obsidion ever did..One of the most fun an funniest games ive ever played.You didnt even play the game to comment i bet..So stop with the obsidion bashing get over it..

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Prepare yourselves for a buggy mess heck south park was buggy and it was a pretty basic rpg.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@yellowsanchez It's like Baldur's Gate.  If you haven't played Baldur's Gate, go play Baldur's Gate.  It's one of the best RPGs of all time.

Alexrmf
Alexrmf

@wowgrandpa  I would tend to agree... RTWP should be more engaging. comparing ToEE (TB) to BG (RTWP) I will always like the BG combat system, the one in ToEE is just too slow for my liking... and Obsidian - we want a BG successor, not a ToEE successor

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Gelugon_baat  Sure there is a guarantee if the contract is done right. Warner Bros publishes Witcher 2 (and 3) in North America with a completely DRM-free retail version for PC which also includes a backup key on GoG. ;)

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Gelugon_baat And in his absence you make sure that everyone here knows that he's absent :P. Well, that's one way of doing PR, heh.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Hayasmez A game that is already developed is a FAR safer bet for a publisher than funding a game from the start.


Learn about game dev.

cheto88
cheto88

@Hayasmez Paradox is only handling marketing and distribution, which means they aren't funding the development of the game. If they had to fund that too it's possible they wouldn't have backed the project.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@noandno By a Swedish publisher, so you've got Vikings and a smorgasbord weapon included.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@apolloooo Divinity: Original Sin may have something to say about that.

nodbgp
nodbgp

@BlackBaldwin Where did you play it? Because in my pc the only bug I ran with was the goth dance one in which w a s d don't work and you have to use the arrow keys. But that's it. 

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@BlackBaldwin basic rpg, kinda. It wasn't super deep by any means, but it wasn't bare bones by any means. As for being a buggy mess, idk what version you played, but my PC version was fairly bug free.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@LordCrash88  

Can you be sure that Paradox would be like Warner Bros? If you haven't noticed already, Paradox slaps Steamworks DRM onto just about any computer game which it distributes.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Hurvl  

If you are saying that I took the opportunity to include a link to Obsidian's FAQ on this matter, then yes, I have.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@cheto88 @Hayasmez There is a surprising amount of things other than simply developing the game that goes into releasing it. I have sometimes had a hard time to make sense of things when you see that one company is said to be the publisher and another deals with distribution. I mean, isn't publishing and distributing a game kind of the same thing? Then you sometimes have a local distributor, one for Europe, one for America and so on. Then of course you can't release a game without doing some marketing which the dev normally doesn't spend money on, so just developing the game is only one thing needed for it to be become a successful product.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I have the ps3 version I had a data corruption error and places when I didn't get my trophy for finished tasks and still haven't figured out where my dlc content went alter downloading it.

LordCrash88
LordCrash88

@Gelugon_baat @LordCrash88  Of course I can't be sure, I haven't seen their contract....
But Paradox games use Steamworks for modding and MAC support and stuff but not for DRM. Europa Universalis IV for example uses Steamworks but also can be loaded without the Steam client after installing it. So please get your facts straight since Paradox is among the very few publishers who doesn't use DRM on every title... ;)

http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/The_Big_List_of_DRM-Free_Games_on_Steam


Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Hurvl  

Yeah, I would do that; I don't mind reminding others that some once-active users were active in the past.

However, I would add that I don't necessarily do this because I like them though. ;)

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Gelugon_baat @HurvlI meant that you're more concerned about the absence of one particular Gamespot user than anyone else here seems to be. Even when LordCrash88 isn't here, you make sure that others don't forget about him. That's the PR I was talking about.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

@Hurvl @cheto88@Hayasmez The kickstarter campaign plus the ton of coverage it got (at the expense of the indie devs who actually have trouble getting a publisher) pretty much covered the whole marketing thing though. The whole partnership seems like a waste considering physical PC games arn't as popular as console physical copies.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Since I had to delete my game data to fix the data corruption would that delete the dlc content as well maybe I may have to redownload it possibly? I've already checked the toy box once and it wasn't there.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@BlackBaldwin  

The DLC content will be in the toy chest in your room and can be found at any point after you complete the tutorial.

If the completed task you're referring to is the "truth to power" trophy, you need to use cup-a-spell on some of the involved people; regular farts don't always work.  There are some trophies where the requirements are more specific than their descriptions would lead you to believe...

As for bugs, I didn't encounter anything game breaking (playing on the PC.)  Just a weird glitch in Canada where talking to the dead guy in Winnipeg opened up the shop menu and some minor sound bugs when loading a save during a story event near the end of the game.

That sucks about your data corruption though.  I had that happen on my PS3 with an installed game and had to re-install it to get it to load again (thankfully my save wasn't corrupted.)  Maybe your hard drive is on its way out?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@LordCrash88 

Yet Paradox still had. Magicka remains a Paradox-published game which still requires the Steamworks client to launch, to cite an example.

Until Paradox completely negates the need for the client for all of its games, this is just apologistic excuses on Paradox's behalf from you.