Today Deep Silver announced the release date of the upcoming isometric RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker.
The game, developed by Owlcat Games (with a story by Chris Avellone and music by Inon Zur), is the fruit of a Kickstarter campaign that raised $909,057 from backers, and will finally see the light on September 25th for PC.
It’ll be available both physically and digitally, but you will be able to choose between four digital editions.
The basic explorer edition will cost $39.99 and will include just the game. The Noble edition will cost $54.99 and will include two premium items (a seal that lets you bless your party and a girdle with fatigue and illness resistance bonuses), a digital artbook, a digital soundtrack, and two additional player portraits.
The Royal Edition costs $69,99 and includes all of the above plus a digital map, a red panda pet, and an adventure module written by Chris Avellone. Last, but not least, the Imperial Edition adds the season pass for $84.99.
If you’re unfamiliar with Pathfinder, it’s probably one of the best pen & paper RPGs ever released. Below you can read more of the story.
“To the north lie the Stolen Lands, a region that has been contested territory for centuries. Hundreds of kingdoms have risen and fallen in these lands, and now it is time for you to make your mark—by building your own kingdom! To do so, you’ll need to survive the harsh wilderness and the threat of rival nations… as well as threats within your own court.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker is based on Paizo’s award-winning Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name. You certainly don’t need to be familiar with the story, but if you are, you will encounter characters you know and love as well as a host of brand-new events, companions, allies, and threats that expand and enhance the original Adventure Path. With help from Paizo and their authors, the story and quests have been expanded by RPG writer Chris Avellone and the Owlcat team, allowing for even more adventure in the already rich narrative of the Stolen Lands.
While Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a single-player game, you won’t be adventuring alone. “Kingmaker” features a diverse cast of companions and NPCs, including iconic characters from the Pathfinder setting itself. You’ll need to decide who to trust and who to watch carefully, as each companion has an agenda, alignment, and goals that may differ from yours. Your journey will become their journey, and you’ll help shape their lives both in the moment and well into the future.”
You can also read about one of the most interesting features of the game, that lets you build your own kingdom.
“We chose to adapt the Kingmaker adventure path because it features a host of open-world mechanics, allowing players to experience the story at their own pace as they explore the Stolen Lands, which will challenge you as both an adventurer and a ruler. Most importantly, the game allows you to claim these lands as your own, letting you carve your own kingdom from the wilderness. While classic dungeon crawling and exploration lie at the heart of this adventure, diplomacy, politics, and kingdom development are also part of the challenge. Choose your allies well, and keep them close while exploring ancient tombs and ruins — and while dealing with politics in your own court.
As you’ll discover, building a kingdom goes beyond simply building a stronghold: Your kingdom is a reflection of your character and your choices throughout the game. It is a living thing shaped by your alignment, your allies, and your ability to lead your people. Not only can your kingdom expand, opening up new territories and allowing you to build new towns and communities, but your capital city will physically change based on your decisions, your policies, and even whom you choose to ally with. As your kingdom grows, a number of factions and neighboring countries will come to you to seek favor—and to test your strength.”
And yes, if you’re wondering, romance is also part of the package. If you’re not exactly happy (like me) with the direction the Baldur’s Gate series has been dragged on as of late this seems to be a very interesting alternative.
You can check out the trailers below, and pre-order the game on Steam.