PAX Prime 2014 | Pillars of Eternity Is Baulder's Gate For A New Generation

If you liked Western RPGs in the 90’s, you probably liked Baulder’s Gate. If you like Western RPG’s now, you’re probably going to like Pillars of Eternity.

That was my main take away from my interview with Rose Gomez, Associate Producer at Obsidian Entertainment.

Rose walked me through basic character creation, as well as a few nuances of combat and social interaction. Allow me to give you an idea of the setting of Pillars of Eternity: The player will adventure through the world of Eora as a member of one of a number of races. There are standard Humans and Elves, but also Aumaus (their answer to Orcs), Orlan (a small somewhat feral looking race) and Godlike.

Obviously we picked a Godlike.

pe-character-creation03-100361588-orig

Godlike were pretty cool because they weren’t actually a race themselves. They could be of any race, but they were a collection of individuals that began to assume physical attributes linked with the gods they worshiped. In this demo, Death, Fire, Moon, and Natural Godlikes were available. Also during character creation, players have to choose a class, culture and background. Class obviously dictates how the player is going to perform in combat, but culture and background (while having some influence on the mechanical parts of the game through things like dictating starting equipment) were primarily there to effect how players would interact with the various NPC of the world.

How the players interact with NPCs will dictate how the narrative of the game progresses, as players will build a reputation that will affect how other NPCs will treat them in the future.

Pillars-of-Eternity-1

As for combat, a few specific classes were brought to my attention. The Chanter is their “bard” equivalent, but with the abilities to write custom songs. Using “notes” or small segments of a song that have specific effects, Chanters can chain these together to perform a song that has custom benefits. The other was a Cipher which, while I was given fewer details of how they worked, apparently utilizes “souls” (an important narrative aspect of the world) to aid their allies in battle.

It should be noted that Pillars of Eternity has a good old fashioned Hardcore Mode, where death will erase the player’s save file. The only problem with the aptly named mode is that there isn’t going to be a record of it anywhere, so if you get a Hardcore character to max level and die, you’ve got to just hope your friends believe you.

Death is permanent for most characters in the game even on normal modes, but there is yet further options that will allow players to disable this. With all of these options, Pillars of Eternity seems geared to not only appeal to late 90’s gamers that will feel the draw back to familiar systems, but also new players that want to discover a genre that hasn’t shown its face in quite a while.

Share this article:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on tumblr
Tumblr
Share on email
Email
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp

Recent Posts

Gaming News

Looking to Shred? Skater XL Could Be The Skateboarding Game We Need While We Wait For Tony Hawk 2020

I remember my days in High school competing with friends on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, trying to set the longest combo. EA’s Skate took things to the next level with …

Brutal Cutscenes VG Fanatical Take

Gaming’s Most Brutal Cutscenes

We take a look at some of the most brutal cutscenes in games that either made us shriek in horror or cry in tears.

Fanatical Take

Battlefield 6 – Can EA’s ‘Call of Duty’ Challenger Keep Up?

Can Battlefield 6 return to form and finally challenge Call of Duty?

Final Checkpoint Podcast

Mixer Shuts Down & The Last of Us Part II No Spoiler Impressions | Final Checkpoint Podcast Ep. 42

This week, Joel and Ben discuss the breaking news regarding Mixer being shut down and becoming part of Facebook Gaming, the huge wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations sweeping …

Gaming

The Waylanders: Dragon Age But Make It Celtic

The Waylanders is an upcoming fantasy RPG with heavy Dragon Age: Origins and Baldur’s Gate influences with a Celtic flair. The game started out with its Kickstarter back in 2018 …

Anime

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners – Netflix and Studio Trigger Team up on an Anime

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners came as a surprise to many during CD Projekt Red’s Night City Wire

New Merch In Stock! ✊🏾

Ultra soft, authentic ringspun cotton. 100% of earnings will be donated.