Obsidian rolls critical success, acquires Pathfinder RPG license

Good news for tabletop roleplaying fans who enjoy using a controller as much as rolling a 20-sided die: Obsidian, developers of South Park: The Stick of Truth and the upcoming Pillars of Eternity, have entered into a licensing agreement with publisher Paizo Inc. to produce games based on the Pathfinder tabletop RPG.

Don't rush to the Arms & Equipment chapter to start preparing for an epic quest just yet though, as the first game will be an adaptation of the Pathfinder Adventure card game, where one to four players take on the role of classic fantasy RPG archetypes like fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric as they work together to defeat enemies. An associated press release notes that the game is in development for tablets, but does not specify which, nor does it give an expected release window.

Pathfinder Online, the Pathfinder-based MMO, will stay with developer Goblin Works.
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Obsidian Announces Pathfinder License

Obsidian to partner with Paizo Inc. to release electronic Pathfinder games

INDIANAPOLIS -- August 13, 2014 -- Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: the Stick of Truth and the Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity, announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing partnership with Paizo Inc. to produce electronic games based on its popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game intellectual property

Obsidian's first licensed product will be a tablet game based on the highly successful Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a cooperative game for 1 to 4 players. Players each have a unique character composed of a deck of cards and a set of stats. Characters have classes such as fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric, as well as numbers that define attributes such as strength, wisdom and charisma etc. Players will be able to customize their deck to better suit each individual's vision of their character.

"At Obsidian we have a long history of working with the greatest RPG franchises, and we're thrilled to get to play in the Pathfinder universe now," said CEO Feargus Urquhart. "We're huge fans and can't wait to bring what we do in the electronic gaming world to Pathfinder fans everywhere".

In the world of Pathfinder, players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, with hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. The Pathfinder brand has also been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.

"Obsidian is a video game developer at the top of its game", said Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. "Being able to bring that type of experience and passion to Pathfinder can only mean great things, both for our loyal Pathfinder community and for all fans of great CRPG's."

Obsidian will be at Gen Con 2014 showing off an early prototype of the digital Pathfinder Adventure Card Game in the Paizo booth (#203) and in their own booth (#2151) featuring the first consumer hands on for Pillars of Eternity.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.