Pillars of Eternity Goes Gold

Paradox Interactive and Obsidian Entertainment have announced that Pillars of Eternity has officially gone gold, roughly a week ahead of its launch. Granted, the "gold master" milestone probably doesn't matter nearly as much for a title that's going to be sold largely through digital stores and will only get a retail release in a few select countries, but it's still yet another reminder that Pillars of Eternity is finally about to come out:

Pillars of Eternity Has Gone Gold

Final Chance to Pre-Order Obsidian's Forthcoming Epic before March 26 Release

IRVINE, CA March 17, 2015 Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive today announced that Pillars of Eternity, the fan-funded modern take on a classic role-playing game (RPG) set in an original world created by some of the best minds in RPG development, has reached (Gold Master) (GM) status, and is now ready for its release on March 26, 2015. Pillars of Eternity, originally called (Project Eternity) the 10th most funded Kickstarter ever and second most funded video game , has been in development for two and a half years, and is now ready to complete its journey, arriving on Windows, Mac, and Linux PC next week. The game will release globally, with backers receiving their digital copies as well.

(Seeing Pillars of Eternity through has been an incredible journey for all of us at a deeply personal level,) said Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. (When we took our idea to Kickstarter, our fans got behind us more than we ever thought. It's been a blast to match their enthusiasm, see them cheer us on, and have them help to keep us on course every step of the way. It's crazy to think that more than two years have come and gone, but time flies that way when you are creating something as important as Pillars of Eternity has become to us.)

(We knew, when we joined forces with Obsidian, that both the studio and the game were a perfect match for us,) said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. (A core tenet at Paradox is staying closely connected to one's players and community, and we've watched Obsidian do exactly that. From the handling of their crowd-funding to their open dialogue with fans on their forums, Obsidian has been dedicated to fulfilling their promises to players, and we've been glad for the chance to help them do it. We're looking forward to working together with Obsidian for a long time to come.)

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, featuring an original world and unique game system, Pillars of Eternity ushers in a renaissance for a much beloved style of role playing game. Funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising over $4 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and PayPal. Pillars of Eternity has been a project of passion for both the development team and the loyal fans who made it possible.

Pillars of Eternity is scheduled to launch next week, on March 26, 2015, and the game can still be pre-ordered until that time. Pre-orders also include two special in-game items: a Giant Miniature Space Piglet companion who will accompany players through the world of Eora, and the Gaun's Pledge ring, which provides powerful support to heroes in times of peril. Pillars of Eternity can be pre-ordered by visiting http://buy.pillarsofeternity.com.

It's hard to believe the Kickstarter campaign for the title launched more than two years ago, and I have to admit I'm looking forward to see how the final game has turned out.