Pillars of Eternity II Backer Beta Launched; New Gameplay Trailer Released


Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian's cRPG sequel funded via Fig last year, received two major updates from the development team. 

The first one is that the Backer Beta is now available for everyone who pledged at the $99 tier or above, though you can still upgrade your pledge to it, too. There's also a new gameplay trailer for Deadfire.

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This Pillars of Eternity II beta, set in the village of Tikawara, includes the overhauled combat system, the new character creation suite and multiclassing system. It doesn't include the final game's companions, though, as those are still being cast according to Obsidian.

You can also now wishlist or follow Pillars of Eternity II on Steam ahead of next year's scheduled release.

Pursue a rogue god over land and sea in the sequel to the multi-award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity. Captain your ship on a dangerous voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the Deadfire. Bend the world to your will, as you explore the depths of infinite possibilities, including detailed character customization, total freedom of exploration, and more meaningful choices at every turn.

• Immerse yourself in a deeper single player RPG game experience - enriched with cutting edge technology and features, Deadfire builds on the foundation of classic D&D gameplay with vastly improved graphics, deeper game mechanics and a whole new hand-crafted adventure where choices truly matter.

• Discover the new region of the Deadfire – plot your own course by ship and explore the rich and exotic islands of the archipelago region, discovering new places interacting with their inhabitants and engaging in a variety of quests at every port.

• Build your party and customize your companions – choose from 7 different companions to join you on your quest and assign multiple classes and deeper abilities for each. Witness their personal relationships and interactions unfold with the addition of the new companion system.

• Captain your ship across the seas – as your stronghold on the seas, your ship is much more than simply a vessel for exploring. Upgrade your ship and crew and choose what skills you improve in order to survive dangerous encounters along the way.

In Pillars of Eternity related news, the Definitive Edition launched on Steam and GOG.

The Complete Edition had debuted a few weeks ago on consoles. Francesco rated the game 9/10 and summarized his review as follows:

With Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, Paradox Arctic managed to make a computer RPG playable on consoles with little frustration, thanks to the cleverly redesigned UI and controls. For the rest, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is just as great as it is on PC, with excellent writing, world-building and characters, an involving and challenging battle system, and true roleplaying.