Obsidian Entertainment Announces Partnership with Paradox Interactive

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Obsidian has announced they have teamed up with Paradox Interactive in support of their upcoming RPG Pillars of Eternity. The game was successfully funded via Kickstarter at the end of 2012, and has raised $4.5 million through the service and Obsidian’s website. Paradox will be responsible for marketing and distribution, allowing Obsidian to stay focused on finishing development. It is currently expected that the game will launch by the end of the year.

I think this is a good fit for both companies, as Paradox knows the PC market really well and this should give Obsidian some extra resources to get the game at the level it needs to be. Check out additional details below.

SAN FRANCISCO — March 18, 2014 — Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth, today announced that they are entering into a partnership with Paradox Interactive to launch their upcoming role-playing game (RPG), Pillars of Eternity.

Pillars of Eternity, an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, was funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising $4.5 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and Obsidian’s own website. Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment, stated that every dollar raised through the crowdfunding campaign will be spent solely on the game’s development.

“This game would not have happened if not for the passion and generosity of our backers, and their faith in us to create the game they wanted,” said Urquhart. “How we are developing Pillars of Eternity has not, and will not be, changed; we will deliver the game we promised to our backers, and we will deliver it this year. Having Paradox as a partner, with their expertise in independent games like Pillars of Eternity, lets us put all of our focus on making an incredible game.”

Paradox will assume key marketing and distribution responsibilities for the title, which will support Obsidian by allowing them to concentrate entirely on development.

“When we signed this partnership we called it two independent players in the games industry supporting each other to stay independent by doing what we do best,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “The fans backing this game—many of us included—are looking forward to a classic RPG as envisioned by the designers at Obsidian, and that’s exactly what they’re going to get.”

Obsidian and Paradox have published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for Pillars of Eternity backers, including further details on the new partnership, and on backer rewards, which will remain unchanged. To view the FAQ, please visit http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/65751-poe-faq/

About Paradox Interactive
http://www.paradoxplaza.com/

About Obsidian Entertainment
http://www.obsidian.net/

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