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A New Patch Has Been Released For Pillars Of Eternity


9 years after release…

Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian Entertainment’s beloved isometric RPG, recently received an unexpected update, nine years after its initial release, and I have a sneaking suspicion that two other big games are to blame.

The new patch, which is currently only available on Steam’s beta branch, does not include any major features or unexpected changes. Instead, the patch notes list several bug fixes that address audio issues, misdirected quest objectives, and other nagging issues. Because of issues with the game engine Unity 4, studio design director Josh Sawyer hinted that the team would be unable to backport popular sequel features such as a turn mode.

Why update a nearly ten-year-old game that is no longer in the spotlight? The studio’s first-person take on the fantasy setting, Avowed, is set to release this year, so perhaps the team wants to smooth out the original game for newcomers stepping into Eora for the first time.

Pillars of Eternity

There’s also the fact that Baldur’s Gate 3 drew more attention than any top-down RPG in at least a decade, thanks to a surprisingly strong commercial performance followed by an endless parade of game of the year awards. When the story of the Forgotten Realms concludes, Baldur’s Gate 3 graduates may be looking for similar games, and the Pillars of Eternity duology is sure to pique their interest.

Overall, newcomers have plenty of reasons to return to or discover Eora in 2024, and this new update is most likely Obsidian planning ahead rather than hinting at something else. Having said that, Josh Sawyer recently revealed that he would be open to making Pillars of Eternity 3, but only with a budget comparable to Baldur’s Gate 3. So, fingers crossed for a PoE revival soon.