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Pathfinder: Kingmaker
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(Video Game)
Developer(s) Owlcat Games
Publisher(s) Deep Silver
Director(s) Alexander Mishulin
Producer(s) Oleg Schpilchevsky
Artist(s) Victor Surkov
Writer(s) Chris Avellone
Composer(s) Inon Zur
Engine Unity
Price $39.99–$84.99
Released September 25, 2018
Type TBD
Artwork from Kingmaker (CRPG)
This article covers the computer roleplaying game (CRPG). For the Pathfinder Adventure Path, see Kingmaker (adventure path).

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is an isometric computer RPG developed by Owlcat Games and published by Deep Silver, which was released on September 25, 2018. The project was officially announced on May 17, 2017 by both Owlcat and Paizo Inc. Like the Kingmaker Adventure Path upon which the game is based, Pathfinder: Kingmaker features hours of adventure, including exploration, combat, and kingdom-building.[1]

Development

Pathfinder: Kingmaker was developed by Owlcat Games, with narrative design by Chris Avellone. Alexander Mishulin serves as the game's Creative Director; Victor Surkov is its Art Director; Alexey Drobyshevsky is the game's Technical Director; while Oleg Shpilchevsky is Owlcat Games' Studio Head.[2]

Kickstarter campaign

In June 6, 2017, Owlcat launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500,000 in additional funds to expand the scope of the project. The campaign concluded on July 11 with a total of $909,057 raised and 18,351 backers. In addition to reaching their primary funding goal, the campaign also reached five stretch goals, resulting in the following additions to the game: a camping feature ($550k); the addition of the magus as a playable class ($600k); a new story chapter above and beyond the original six chapters of Kingmaker and a Mac & Linux version of the final game ($700k); at least three archetypes or alternative features per class ($800k); a new, goblin companion ($900k).[3] Owlcat continued to take preorders and backer pledges after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, counting those funds toward further stretch goals. Before they cut off additional content in the summer of 2018, they had unlocked an additional stretch goal of an additional playable race; a backer poll determined that this additional race would be aasimar.[citation needed]

Credits

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Release

The game released internationally on September 25, 2018 for Mac and PC on Steam and GOG. It remained number one on the Steam charts for 6 days until it was unseated by Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. In its first week of release on Steam, the game had an average active player count of over 16,000, with a peak player count of over 22,500 on Sunday, September 30.[4]

Four versions of the game were available upon release with the following contents[5]:

Explorer Edition 
  • A downloadable copy of the main game
Noble Edition 
  • A premium downloadable copy of the game, which contains 2 in-game items to help an aspiring adventurer (a signet that allows you to bless your party several times a day, and a belt with bonus disease and fatigue resistance). Premium in-game items are designed to not break the game balance.
  • Two additional portraits. Images of a fearless warrior from Cheliax and a skillful elf wizard will be included in the gallery of portraits available upon creating a character.
  • A digital art book. 176 pages with sketches of characters, monsters, items and the game world, lovingly selected by our artists.
Royal Edition 
  • All content in the Noble Edition plus
  • A digital module for board game adventures. This module has been created from scratch by game designer Chris Avellone assisted by Paizo experts to express gratitude to the entire pen-and-paper RPG community and the Pathfinder universe for providing support and being a source of inspiration for working on the game.
  • A digital high-resolution map of the Stolen Lands. This detailed map can be used as a desktop wallpaper. It can also help navigate the dangerous and mysterious territories

of the Stolen Lands.

  • A red panda. This pet not only greets its owner, standing adorably on its hind legs. It will also increase your negative effect resistance.
Imperial Edition 
  • All content from the Royal Edition plus
  • A Season Pass. The Season Pass will automatically get you access to the first three packages of post-release downloadable content. These additions expand the world of the Stolen Lands and add new companions, locations, buildings, items, and most importantly—new adventures, memories and emotions for you to experience!

Reception

The game debuted to mostly positive reviews, with players giving it a Metacritic score of 8.3 in its first week. Of the first 2,300 user reviews on Steam, over 70% were positive. Professional reviewers were slightly more critical, with one claiming the developers played it too safe to stand out from other titles in the genre.[6]

Downloadable content

Owlcat and Deep Silver have announced at least three packages of post-release downloadable content (DLC), available individually upon their release or as part of a season pass (included in the Imperial Edition of the game). The contents and release schedule for these DLC packages have not yet been announced.


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Gameplay

The gameplay is largely modeled on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game along with classic computer RPGs such as Baldur's Gate; it features a real-time-with-pause combat system and an isometric perspective. The game's main distinguishing feature are its emphasis on realm-building—a player's decisions as a local lord affect gameplay. Character customization is also a key feature, along with an alignment system where a character's alignment can change due to player choices. While the player begins with only one character of their creation, the game is party-based as companions join them along the way; these include both established Pathfinder characters and newly-invented characters. The game's core plot is estimated to take around 40 hours to complete, with full completion of side-quests and companion-based story lines can push the total playtime of the game to well over 100 hours.[3]

Player options

True to the Pathfinder RPG upon which its rules are based, Pathfinder: Kingmaker offers players a selection of eight races (aasimar, dwarf, elf, halfling, half-elf, half-orc, and human) with a ninth race (goblin) available to play as a companion; fourteen classes (alchemist, barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, fighter, inquisitor, magus, monk, paladin, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard, each with three optional archetypes; six prestige classes (arcane trickster, dragon disciple, duelist, eldritch knight, mystic theurge, and stalwart defender); over 150 feats and over 300 spells.

More player options are expected to be released as downloadable content (DLC) following the game's initial release.

Alignment

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Exploration

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Kingdom-building

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Plot

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Companions

The following characters are available in the game as companions to the baron/baroness. Eight of the eleven characters are available during the prologue and chapter one, with the other three gained during the course of chapter two. With the exception of Linzi, the game's narrator, all companions can be dismissed should the player not wish them to accompany the protagonist any longer. At the conclusion of the prologue, the player also has the ability to create custom companions, though hiring such characters comes at a somewhat hefty cost of in-game gold. Each companion (custom characters aside) has a series of side-quests and subplots that explore his or her background and strengthen the bond formed with the protagonist throughout their adventures. Four companions (Octavia, Regongar, Tristian, and Valerie) have additional romance subplots should the player choose to pursue them.

Locations

Pathfinder: Kingmaker takes place entirely in the region of the River Kingdoms known as the Stolen Lands. The region, which eventually comprises the player's entire kingdom, is broken into a number of regions which can each be explored and conquered independently.


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See also

External links

References

  1. Paizo Inc.. (May 17, 2017). First CRPG Pathfinder Game in Development by Owlcat Games and Game Designer Chris Avellone, Paizo News.
  2. Owlcat Games. (May 17, 2017). Pathfinder: Kingmaker - the first CRPG in the Pathfinder universe, owlcatgames.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Owlcat Games. (July 12, 2017). Pathfinder: Kingmaker by Owlcat Games, Kickstarter.
  4. No author. (October 3, 2018). Pathfinder: Kingmaker, SteamCharts.
  5. Owlcat Games and Deep Silver. (September 25, 2018). Pathfinder: Kingmaker product page, Steam Store.
  6. No author. (October 3, 2018). Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Metacritic.