Update, March 13: Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire’s release date has been pushed back to May 8.
I can’t wait to jump into Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity sequel. It’s less than a month away now! I’ve already cleared the schedule, and canceled all my April plans with friends and family in order to fully immerse myself in the upcoming RPG. What’s that? Oh. Oh no.
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Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire has been delayed just over a month from its April 3 release date, and will now launch on May 8. That’ll be the PC version, with console editions still planned to release later in the year. Obsidian say the delay is so they can “polish and put those finishing touches on the game.”
In a statement, the developers say “Deadfire is a huge game — significantly larger than the original Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian has been working harder than Abydon himself to make every inch of it awesome, as well as incorporating all the great feedback we have been getting from everyone playing the Backer Beta.”
Original story, January 25: RPG veterans Obsidian have announced launch details for their throwback sequel, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, via the game's Steam page. That means a bunch of info about various pre-order goodies, but more pertinently it means a release date. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new old school RPG on April 3, across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.
Pre-orders will grant players three bonus digital items. There’s St. Drogga’s Skull, which is a totally metal sabre with the flaming skull of martyr perched on the tip. You’ll also get a new pet in the form of white hawk Beakhead, as well as a proper jolly roger for your ship with the Black Flag.
The game itself comes in three flavors. The standard version is $49.99 / £32.99 / €45.99, with the Deluxe Edition costing $59.99 / £46.49 / €54.99. The latter gives you the official soundtrack, a new in-game pet and item, high-res game map, a pen and paper RPG starter guide, and Volume II of the Dark Horse-published digital guide book.
Then there’s the Obsidian Edition, available for $74.99 / £57.99 / €69.99. That nets you everything from the Deluxe Edition, plus the first three planned DLC expansions. If you want to go truly old school, you can get a physical version of the Obsidian Edition, which will give you a proper cloth map, a nifty notepad, and a set of postcards. That physical edition, incidentally, is to be distributed by THQ Nordic, who are certainly diversifying these days.