Chris Avellone Reveals New CRPG, Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Chris Avellone (the writer behind games like Fallout: New Vegas, Planescape: Torment, Pillars of Eternity, etc) has been quite busy since his departure from Obsidian Entertainment. The veteran designer and writer has announced a new RPG, titled simply Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

As the name implies, it’s the first computer RPG set within the popular pen-and-paper Pathfinder universe, and will be developed under a new studio named Owlcat Games. Featured above, you can view the first artwork for the game.

“I’m excited by the prospect of bringing Pathfinder to the computer RPG world, and hope gamers will enjoy playing in the Pathfinder universe,” Avellone said.

For those unfamiliar with Pathfinder, it’s a tabletop RPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 ruleset. Originally published by Paizo back in 2009, the RPG has been refined and expanded upon mostly due to frequent player feedback.

The game is set within the Stolen Lands, “the dangerous and turbulent territories well known within Pathfinder fandom.” In Pathfinder: Kingmaker, players will attempt to build their own kingdom. To do this  you can expand and build up your territory, fight rivals and various threats, and more.

Here are some key features:

  • Journey to the Stolen Lands
    Welcome to the Stolen Lands, contested territory for centuries. Defend yourself against the threats of wilderness and rival kingdoms as you explore a world rich with history, magic, and conflict.
  • Companion Focused Story
    Experience the adventure alongside living and breathing companions, each with deep stories and decisions of their own. Love them, adore them or hate them for who they are.
  • Character Development
    Customize your character and companions with a multitude of options available in Pathfinder to make the perfect party capable of overcoming insurmountable challenges.
  • Kingdom
    Establish your kingdom in Stolen Lands, claim new territories, and build towns and cities. Be a wise ruler or a heavy-handed tyrant.

The official website for the game shows what appears to be the first look at in-game visuals:

As your influence grows, your kingdom will grow pending your “alignment, choices, allies and the hero’s ability to lead his or her people.” Coming from this, the way in which you rule will directly affect your populace.

We’ll get the first information on the game at this year’s PaizoCon, which runs from May 26th to the 29th.

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  • Nice Very Nice!

  • catazxy

    The name is a bit on the generic side, but I’m sure the game will be pretty great for crpg fans.

  • Madbrainbox

    I want a repeat of NWN2 from him.
    Also it’s to my understanding that you can get extremely overpowered in Pathfinder.If that’s the case,it should work great in video game form.

  • Hope the game will be good.

  • Thoon Thoon

    Well Kingmaker is one of their best adventure paths. Serious potential there.

  • Fenrir007

    I know nothing about Pathfinder, but if Mr. Avellone is at the helm, that’s a day one purchase.

  • Sean Sharpe

    I’m sold.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Not as powerful as you could get in something like Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, but since it still uses d20 as its base you end up getting pretty powerful at higher levels.

  • Moofinator

    It’s D&D 3.75 edition in terms of the rules.

  • Some furf

    Pathfinder is broken garbage. It had its chance to fix the mistakes made by d20 and time and again, the developers proved they have no fucking idea what those problems even were, let alone how to fix them. Can we please just move on from it and play ANYTHING else?

  • Riley Alexander Tima

    I’m sorry, they haven’t fixed any of the problems? Are you high or just stupid? I could write a dissertation about how much better PF is than 3.5, the class options, the balancing.

  • Madbrainbox

    My NWN2 monk was godlike at max level.That felt so satisfying.But the progression felt really good since you were quite weak in the beginning.I hope they’ll get to nail that in this game.

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  • Neojames82

    As long as it isn’t going to be a crowdfunded game via Fig, which I feel it isn’t, then there is some promise.

  • chaoguy

    Like Moofinator says, but the campaigns they write got a bit more progressive as time went on.
    A transgender paladin orc, a devil of hell who got slighted by a female devil; so the massive campaign about a cult taking over a city boils down to a devil that hates women (and will even attack female party members over male ones), etc.

    So I’m cautious, but that’s what we have reviews & youtube for.

  • Fenrir007

    Well, even if the storyline for Pathfinder is crap, the one writing it won’t be the ones behind the franchise, right? So I’m not that worried. As long as the system itself is not bad – because that is certain to have a representation in the game – I’m confident Avellone won’t go full SJW on it.

  • chaoguy

    Fair enough, and I hope you’re right. Depends if Paizo (makers of Pathfinder) had certain things in the contract Avellone had to do.