Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Dungeons & Dragon’s cousin, the tabletop role-playing game Pathfinder, is finally primed to get its own dungeon-crawly video game. Last week, Pathfinder: Kingmaker met its Kickstarter funding goal, raising over $500,000, which will furnish the base game with add-ons.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker, developed by Owlcat Games, looks a little like Baldur’s Gate. It’s a single-player game, but it’s still Pathfinder, so players will assemble parties out of tag-alongs and strangers, each of which have their own motivations. It takes place in the Pathfinder universe’s Stolen Lands, contested territory where players have to stake out a kingdom by fighting monsters and other colonists, and also negotiate their way into allies’ graces. Most exciting to me is the fact that players can choose their morality—hero, villain or something in between.

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Writer Chris Avellone, who worked on Fallout 2, Baldur’s GatePillars of Eternity and Planescape: Torment is doing narrative design for Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Pathfinder already has a game by Obsidian, but it’s more of a card game than a dungeon-crawler. This one will use Pathfinder’s system. Here’s the new Pathfinder game’s trailer:

Pathfinder: Kingmaker will release Summer, 2018.