Pillars of Eternity Preview: Hallelujah for Classic Isometric RPGs

Pillars of Eternity Preview: Hallelujah for Classic Isometric RPGs

Pillars of Eternity makes its first public showing at E3, and it plays on the memory of those old isometric RPGs you loved so much.

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Anything that can give me nostalgia of those fantastic games is fantastic in my book.

I simply cannot wait for this, Wasteland 2 and Torment to come out. It's about time we've had a proper computer roleplaying game made.

Yup this year looks like a good year for RPG fans.

Proud backer of this Kickstarter and I'm so glad it succeeded to the extent it did. I cannot wait to get into this game, play with different classes, meet/romance the (hopefully) fleshed out NPCs and explore a living breathing world in the course of an epic and/or personal adventure.

Looking to be the highlight of the year if it can be released in 2014. I must say, as much as I'm eager and excited to play this, I'm happier that Obsidian are taking their time. Without a publisher to hound them for a specific release window (a la KotOR2 f.ex) they will release it when it's ready. I can't ask for more...I'd much rather wait and have a better experience.

This, Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Numeneria are all the games I'm most looking forward to. I was sad that the Outcast HD remake and Nexus II Kickstarters didn't get funded tho...I backed them but it wasn't enough and those would have been great to see made as well.

Easily my most anticipated game of 2014.

Normally I like to keep my expectations in check but everything I've heard about this game sounds like it'll be better than literally every other RPG made.

KingsGambit:
Proud backer of this Kickstarter and I'm so glad it succeeded to the extent it did. I cannot wait to get into this game, play with different classes, meet/romance the (hopefully) fleshed out NPCs.

Obsidian have already confirmed there will be no romances (thankfully).

Pure, beautiful nostalgia, im so glad i backed this and its looking freaking awesome...i cant wait to play it as a S̶c̶a̶n̶n̶e̶r̶ Cipher!

Oh shit this is gonna be so good. I'm actually considering breaking out BG1+2 again even though its not been that long since I finished them....they are soooooooooooooooooo juicy good....especially the second one....NOM

Nil Kafashle:
Easily my most anticipated game of 2014.

Normally I like to keep my expectations in check but everything I've heard about this game sounds like it'll be better than literally every other RPG made.

KingsGambit:
Proud backer of this Kickstarter and I'm so glad it succeeded to the extent it did. I cannot wait to get into this game, play with different classes, meet/romance the (hopefully) fleshed out NPCs.

Obsidian have already confirmed there will be no romances (thankfully).

Now I'm sad :-( I enjoyed the added layer, it made deeper emotional connections, more immersive and personal story and another plot running alongside any others. Well, I'm still playing it to death either way...maybe it'll be in a DLC or moddable...

If it isn't moddable, please don't tell me. Leave me some hope :-P

Really looking forward to this one. I'm a bit anxious to see how it turns out, but this trailer was great. It had a strong Icewind Dale vibe to it in my opinion. It has been a while since I said this, but this will likely be a day 1 buy from me.

I'm sorry if this sounds dickish, but does this game offer anything BUT nostalgia? That video had very little combat; mostly just walking around, showing that they can program movement. And there was literally no plot, except the standard fantasy setting.
I'm not saying its going to be a bad game, but I need to hear WAY more about it and not just that its nostalgic. I played the original fallout and fallout 2 and fallout 3 and I thought 3 was the best by far!

KingsGambit:
Now I'm sad :-( I enjoyed the added layer, it made deeper emotional connections, more immersive and personal story and another plot running alongside any others.

In theory I enjoy the romances too as they simply provide another source to help further define my character. In practice however they attract an annoying romance obsessed subculture.

Silentpony:
I'm sorry if this sounds dickish, but does this game offer anything BUT nostalgia? That video had very little combat; mostly just walking around, showing that they can program movement. And there was literally no plot, except the standard fantasy setting.

They're keeping all details on the plot pretty minimal to avoid spoilers.

Anyways I'd argue, although nostalgia certainly funded the game, the content of the game itself is entirely new. They're aiming for a new intricately crafted setting with cohesive lore (languages, races, sub-races, nations, politics etc), an entirely new combat system, new plot, unusual time period (fantasy setting in the colonial era) and so on.

Truly, aside from the fact that there's your standard elves, dwarves and so on (whose lore and culture seems to be entirely different) and Real-time with pause combat there's nothing uniquely 'nostalgic' about it.

Plus there will be the standard Obsidian goodness: C&C, great plot, great characters, factions, moral choices etc.

I'm not saying its going to be a bad game, but I need to hear WAY more about it and not just that its nostalgic. I played the original fallout and fallout 2 and fallout 3 and I thought 3 was the best by far!

Maybe games aren't for you.

I kid. Sort of.

Nil Kafashle:

Obsidian have already confirmed there will be no romances (thankfully).

Aye. Thank providence for small mercies.

I'm quite excited for this, but a little anxious about exactly how the resting mechanic will work. Hopefully since they're using their own RPG system they've discarded the bugbear of AD&D spells, and you won't have to rest after every single fight because you had to dump all your high level spells at once.

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Oh god, I NEED this! Obsidian has been too long away from their roots.

I'm so excited. I missed out on backing for this, but I'm pretty sure I'll get it day one. I'm hoping I can get my hands on a physical copy though. Digital download is nice and all, but games like this are special. I want a box.

Nil Kafashle:
Obsidian have already confirmed there will be no romances (thankfully).

Won't stop the fan fics, fan art, and fan fighting.

BlueJoneleth:
Yup this year looks like a good year for RPG fans.

I wonder when it'll be the same for RTS fans, I feel it's going to be maybe another decade at this rate since we only have Planetary annihilation and next year Grey goo.

(PS: I'm on about RTS games akin to Planetary annihilation, Starcraft, C&C and AOE series, not RTT or other sub genres of RTS games.)

Still this game looks great and I'm most likely going to grab it.

Looks fantastic, not just because it brings back nostalgia, but also because it seems to bring the whole classic isometric genre up to par with current times.

I've already lost a lot of hours on Divinity: Original Sin, but this should be doing even more for me.

I'm cautiously optimistic. Features and quality are two separate things. Just because you hit all the beats of an early 00's computer RPG doesn't mean it becomes as good. It applies for games aping the best games of the last decade just as much as it applies for games aping the best games of last year.

Still, it sounds like thy know what they're doing, I've got my fingers crossed.

More pictures that I found on other forums:

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PS: Now with interface!

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HYYYYYYPE! So much Baldur's Gate 2 vibes from those God damn!

captcha: Oh brother..totally agree with you there captcha.

Silentpony:
And there was literally no plot, except the standard fantasy setting.

Guise! There was LITERALLY no plot in the trailer! I didn't even get to see story twist wtf!?

 

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