Post by Dan @ 11:20am 18/12/13 | 0 Comments
In an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Obsidian Entertainment head honcho Feargus Urquhart has touched on the studio's plans to continue leveraging the CRPG revival technology they have developed for the much anticipated Pillars of Eternity, hinting at at least three prospective pitches with crowdfunding in mine, one of which is apparently a licensed property.
“There’s something we’re talking about that I think would be really cool, but it’s not an original property,” he says. “It’s a licensed property. But it’s not Alpha Protocol! It’s something we can still do a ton of creative stuff with, though. And then the other thing is an original property. Also, there’s a third thing that somebody approached us with, but I really don’t think that’s going to work out.”Also in the interview, Urquhart describes another potential project concept the studio has kicking around, which would marry the classic isometric CRPG visuals they are retooling for Pillars, with the open world concept and user-modability of the PC version of Bethesda Game Studios' Skyrim:
“What I’m trying to figure out is, how could we make something that is more like a Skyrim for PC – forget console for now – with the engine we made in Unity for Eternity? Where we are with our conversation, quest, data editors, and all of that. If we were careful about scope and let Chris Avellone go wild with creating a new world, more of an open world, what could we do?”It's looking more and more like Obsidian is channeling the mojo from its Black Isle Studios roots and well positioned for that to thrive in the current indie-friendly environment.
“What’s interesting is, right now, between Steam and Kickstarter, developers are creating the brands,” he observes. “Not publishers. It hasn’t been this way since the ’90s. I’m not sure what it means yet, but it’s exciting.”Read the Full interview for all of the insights.
Pillars of Eternity is due in 2014 for Windows, Mac and Linux, watch the latest video footage here.
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