Pillars of Eternity

Project Eternity

Pillars of Eternity is a fantasy cRPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment with the support of the users of Kickstarter funding platform. The player assumes the role of a hero who, with the help of his or her companions must embark on a dangerous quest complete a series of perilous tasks. The gameplay of Pillars of Eternity is reminiscent of classic productions such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment. The creators decided to utilize combat mechanics with an active pause system. The game features also a complex character development system, and a rich variety of weapons and gear for the characters can use.

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PC / Windows
Game Pillars of Eternity (PC) Cover
Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity | PC

RPG, fantasy, Isometric view, Kickstarter, classic RPG

Companies responsible for Pillars of Eternity

Obsidian Entertainment | game developer

Paradox Interactive | publisher   Official website

Pillars of Eternity release date for PC:

game language:
English

26 March 2015 | Worldwide

26 March 2015 | Europe

26 March 2015 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 2225 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 2369 players' votes.  

Pillars of Eternity for PC / Windows is the first entirely independent production of Obsidian Entertainment. The developers decided to use all of their experience gained back in their Black Isle Studios days and create an RPG that combines the best elements or such classics as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Fallout. The development team featured a number of the genre veterans, including Tim Cain (Fallout, Arcanum, Temple of Elemental Evil), Josh Sawyer (Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale II, Fallout: New Vegas), Scott Everts (Fallout, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Icewind Dale II, Fallout: New Vegas), Brian Menze (Planescape: Torment), and Dan Spitzley (Planescape: Torment).

Story

The story of Pillars of Eternity is set in a vast fantasy world inhabited by people of various races and beliefs. What is interesting, despite its strongly emphasized fantasy themes, the game does not lack for firearms used by both the player’s party and their enemies. The world of Pillars of Eternity consists of several dozen various locations, including: forests, dungeons, and ancient ruins full of dangers and nasty surprises. We also spend a considerable amount of time visiting urban areas, for example: the city of Defiance Bay that comprises of several large districts. During our travels, we meet many NPCs that give us quests to perform and, in some cases, even join the party. The game distinguishes itself by giving the players a great freedom of approach – it is only up to us whether we decide to negotiate, sneak past the guards, or storm the gate. The hallmark of Pillars of Eternity are things called “scripted interactions” – whenever the protagonist or the party has to perform an action other that standard options, like combat or dialogue, we are presented with a separate screen that describes the situation and provides us with possible choices.

Gameplay

The gameplay is based on the solutions known from the classics of the genre. The developers decided to implement a real-time combat system with active pause feature that allows the players to stop the passage of time in order to issue commands to party members. The character progressions is based on the experience we gain during our adventures, and the game offers a huge arsenal of weapons, armor, and items to be either bought or found.

The unique feature of Pillars of Eternity is the opportunity to govern your own stronghold, acquired a few hours into the main story. First of all, the place has to be rebuilt so it can regain its prestige guarantee its defensive capabilities are intact. As we develop the keep, we gain access to new quests and merchants. Furthermore, the stronghold offers a number of additional activities and functions – we can imprison captured enemies, receive delegations or send our subordinates on errands.

Technical aspects

The visuals of the PC / Windows edition of Pillars of Eternity resemble classic cRPGs. The on-screen events are presented in isometric view, characteristic of the late 90's - early 00's RPGs, for example: Baldur’s Gate and the Icewind Dale series. The title stands out from its predecessors because of numerous special effects, such as fire or spellcasting animations.

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i5 2400 3.10 GHz/AMD Phenom II X6 3.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 570/Radeon HD 7700 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8
Minimum: Intel Core i3 2100T 2.5 GHz/AMD Phenom II X3 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 9600 GT/Radeon HD 4850 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8

Pillars of Eternity update 3.0

Pillars of Eternity update 3.0 | 2:57

Materiał video do gry Pillars of Eternity, w którym zaprezentowano nowości wprowadzone w aktualizacji 3.0.

Pillars of Eternity Game Guide & Walkthrough

game guide 03 March 2016

In this guide to Pillars of Eternity, you can find all the information allowing you to complete all the missions – both main and side – without any problems.

Review of Pillars of Eternity: Obsidian’s brilliant work of art

Review 27 March 2015 14:52

Funds raised through Kickstarter didn’t go to waste this time. An extremely well-experienced team has created a classic RPG that provides a natural continuation of ideas introduced in Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment.

Pillars of Eternity: Game of the Year Edition spotted on Amazon Germany

News 08 February 2016 11:17

Amazon Germany is offering a retail version of Pillars of Eternity: Game of the Year Edition. This new release is said to launch on February 19, although there is no official confirmation from Paradox Interactive.

Pillars of Eternity: The White March – Part II arrives late January 2016

News 17 November 2015 11:36

Pillars of Eternity: The White March – Part II will come out in January 2016. The second expansion to the successful RPG from Obsidian Entertainment will introduce new missions, abilities, companion, and more.

Pillars of Eternity – New Features and Improvements In Patch 2.0

News 26 June 2015 10:25

The creators of Pillars of Eternity have shared a list of new features and changes that will be included in version 2.0 of the game. The patch introducing this update will be made available to all those who bought the game.

Pillars of Eternity – updates, expansion and a new Kickstarter campaign on the way

News 02 April 2015 14:23

We've had a chance to talk about Pillars of Eternity with Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. Among the discussed topics was the success of this classic cRPG, as well as its future in the form of an upcoming expansion and another Kickstarter.