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Pillars of Eternity is an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment.
Pillars of Eternity is an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment.
73,986 backers pledged $3,986,929 to help bring this project to life.

Happy 2013

Posted by Obsidian Entertainment (Creator)

Hello World and Happy 2013! Looks like we all survived (hopefully) the Mayan Apocalypse. That was a close one. Woooohooo!

We hope you enjoyed your holiday and wish everyone the best for 2013.

The team has returned from our cozy elfhomes, and we are re-energized and excited to get back to work on Project Eternity. Without further adieu, we had promised backer details in this update, so let's start off with those. Thanks to all of your extremely generous donations, our final backer numbers for our crowdfunding phase are: $3,986,929 from 73,986 Kickstarter backers and $324,650 from roughly 5,698 unique PayPal backers (not including the almost 500 slacker backers who have contributed since the crowdfunding phase ended!) For the phase, we earned about $4,311,600 before any fees from Kickstarter and the payment services. (This does include some losses from failed charges, returns, etc.)

We are continuing to work on fulfillment and are slowly getting in contact with our backers about specifics. The last of the $350 tier loot bags are being sent out this week, and Chris Avellone is starting to draw Troll Avatars for the $750 tier backers. As we continue forward in pre-production, we will have more information for the higher tier design and art related rewards and how backers will be able to participate in designing your items, NPCs, adventuring parties, etc. The backer site is coming together and the plan is to have it up and running by the end of the month. Thank you for your patience and for those of you who will be designing goodies for the game, we’ll be in touch once we’re ready with your templates to fill out.

For the PayPal backers out there, we should have updates coming to you via e-mail shortly as well. In the meantime, updates will come out on Tuesday evenings Pacific Time, so make sure and check weekly for the latest news and updates. Obsidian's Facebook and @Obsidian on Twitter are good places for the latest on Project Eternity news as well.

Before we left for our homes, the office had a treat exchange at the office. Obsidian <3 Cookies!!

The team signed Obsidian games for the Loot Bag $350 tier backers.

The plague struck and some of us are sick at home with colds. Even developers get sick:

We’ll be continuing with our weekly updates from the art, design, programming, and production crew. If you have things you’d like to see or learn more about, swing on by the Project Eternity forums and let us know!

Update by Adam Brennecke

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      Ben Wynn on

      The description on the $350 tier doesn't make it sound like the loot bags are exclusive to that tier, though no higher tier's description mentions you also getting the loot bag either... But I'd miss out anyway, because there's apparently no option to just not include the CPU in the bag for people living outside the US. :(

    2. Thalon on

      Nice to hear that the backer site is coming soon, I was quite uneasy about it and worried that it could have been delayed.
      Also best wishes for a speedy recovery of Josh Sawyer.

    3. Nicholas Sylvain on

      Hope the backer site will include the high end digital tier/naming opportunity Feargus promised me! :)

    4. Devon Mullane on

      Man, Alpha Protocol. It wasn't perfect, but I really liked what it tried to do. If the mechanics had been tighter and less hokey, I imagine that would be seeing a sequel by now.

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      Necrosis Thanatos

      Are these updates no longer being emailed to backers? I happened to find out about this one when I was visiting the RPGWatch site.

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      X on

      I just wanted to say that I am so happy I will be able to play this game on my Linux computer I have been dieing to build.

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      Rink on

      The cold isn't a real sickness, so if you aren't dead yet or already undead, then get back to work you lazy slacker devs! (just kidding :p)

    8. akhori7 on

      Happy New Year Obsidian! Wish you the best as you continue to work hard and make quality stuff!

    9. Paul Marzagalli on

      And to you! Happy programming in 2013! All my best to the Obsidian crew!

    10. Josh Erickson on

      All those copies of Alpha Protocol... those poor people!

    11. theAnton on

      Om nom nom, those cookies where delicious.....unfortunately it turns out printer ink is highly toxic so I'll see you all once I get back from the hospital. ;)

      *knocks on the wall twice then passes out unconscious*
      *ambulance drives away*

    12. Richard on

      Gelukkig Nieuwjaar Obsidian!
      And thanks for keeping the updates coming. I started playing Planescape : Torment again (actually, it's the only IE game I haven't finished before) recently so I'm getting extra excited for another game like this.
      Stay classy!

    13. Philip Konczak on

      Nice update and a happy new year to you guys as well

    14. Stefan on

      Happy new year! :) And I hope you get well soon!

    15. Silver on

      Nice update - good to hear about the fulfillment site. Keep 'em coming! :)

    16. Gurney on

      Thanks for the update and best wishes for 2013 to the team!
      I see that I'm not the only one to catch it so without further ado:

    17. NotDomo on


      Sweet! Now *I* don't have to be that guy. ;)

    18. Bryy Miller on

      Happy 2013, all.

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      2Ben on

      Well maybe it just means they won't say "Adieu" anymore, ever, which means they might have found the philosopher's stone or the grail somewhere in the depths of a dark dungeon, and plan to live eternally, as well as all backers ?

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      Moondo Field on

      Thanks for the update and all your hard work. Looking forward to 2013.

      And I hate to be that guy, but I have to mention that it's "without further ado" instead of "adieu". Cheers.

    21. Pedro Soares on

      Get well soon Josh! And a happy and successful 2013 to everyone at Obsidian! :)

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      GrubFisher on

      Awesome stuff as always! Happy New Year!