Paradox Interactive has announced that it has signed a deal with Obsidian Entertainment to market and distribute Pillars of Eternity worldwide. Now I know, most of you will damn Obsidian for doing something like that after a successful Kickstarter campaign but according to both sides, Obsidian is the one driving this car.
According to both Obsidian and Paradox, Obsidian owns Pillars of Eternity’s IP. In addition, Paradox seems unwilling to interfere with the game’s development.
Paradox Interactive’s CEO, Fredrik Wester, said at this year’s GDC:
“For us it’s very important to stress it’s Obisdian’s project and it remains in their creative control. We’re just happy to work with Obsidian on this great project, so we’re going to work on marketing and fulfillment. Someone has to send out those T-shirts, right?”
Obsidian Entertainment’s CEO, Feargus Urquhart, added:
“We’ve gotten about $4.5m from people so far and we want everybody to totally understand that every dollar we get from everybody is going into the campaign. We’re going to fulfill every one of our promises.”
So there you have it. Obsidian claims that it has full control over the development of this franchise. On the other hand, Paradox claims that it will simply partner with Obsidian in order to market and distribute the game, and nothing more.
Pillars of Eternity is currently planned for a late 2014 release.