Pillars of Eternity‘s first expansion, The White March – Part 1 will be released on August 25, developer Obsidian Entertainment announced at Gamescom today.
The second part of the two-part expansion will follow sometime later, though Obsidian hasn’t provided details of when to expect it. That doesn’t mean The White March – Part 1 will be light on content, however. Along with a new level cap of 14, new companions to join you on your travels and new party AI routines, The White March will add a substantial new area to explore, filled with plenty of new quests and challenging encounters. Obsidian reckons the expansion is around the same size of Baldur’s Gate expansion Tales of the Sword Coast, which added around 20 hours of gameplay content to the classic Infinity Engine RPG.
Pillars of Eternity was released earlier this year, following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 that saw Obsidian just shy of $4 million. The game is a throwback to classic Infinity Engine RPGs of yesteryear such as Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment. Obsidian announced the game’s first expansion at E3 back in June. More information about what The White March brings to the game can be found in our handy detail round-up.
Chris Corbett reviewed Pillars of Eternity for Continue Play, and came away impressed with Obsidian’s game, awarding it a score of 10/10. “By the time the final credits roll, you’ll be left in no doubt that what you’ve experienced is a modern classic of the role-playing game genre,” Chris wrote in his Pillars of Eternity review. “Obsidian set out to create a spiritual successor to classic role-playing games. But instead of feeling like a pale imitation of past glories, Pillars of Eternity manages to join their ranks. It is, quite frankly, one of the best role-playing games ever made.”
For more Pillars of Eternity-related articles, you can read more about what Chris thought of the game in his examination of the game’s world and setting. And if you’re just starting out on your adventure’s in the world of Eora, you might find this handy game guide saves you a lot of trouble getting to grips with the game.