A substantial expansion for old-school fantasy role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is in the works.
Pillars of Eternity comes out next week, and developer Obsidian is putting the finishing touches to the release. But it's also got a small team of people working on the game's first expansion.
In a Reddit AMA (via VG247), Obsidian executive producer and lead programmer Adam Brennecke said the expansion is expected to be about the same size area wise as Tales of the Sword Coast, the well-received expansion to 1998 fantasy role-playing game Baldur's Gate. Pillar's of Eternity is billed as the spiritual successor to the Baldur's Gate series, so the comparison seems apt.
Tales of the Sword Coast added around 20 extra hours of gameplay to the original game, as well as four new areas. On Pillars of Eternity's expansion, Brennecke kept his cards close to his chest, but he did reveal this:
We are looking at doing an expansion that's about the same size (area wise) of Tales of the Sword Coast. I won't reveal much about it since it's early in development, but we've already have a small team working on areas and environments while the rest of the team focus on shipping the game. We will announcing more things about it over the next few months.
Obsidian took to Kickstarter to raise cash for Pillars of Eternity. It asked for $1.1m and ended up with just shy of $4m.
The developer has said it plans to do a sequel following the release of expansions, and will consider using Kickstarter once again for funding.