Developer Owlcat Games have launched a Kickstarter for Pathfinder: Kingmaker, a party-based fantasy PC game . The studio is seeking $500,000 to finance the development of the game and its Kingdom mechanic.
Inspired by isometric computer RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, Fallout, and Arcanum, the game’s story is based on the tabletop Pathfinder Adventure Path of the same name. Gamers will adventure through the dangerous Stolen Lands and revisit familiar characters and locations from Pathfinder lore.
A single-player game, Pathfinder: Kingmaker will allow players to claim lands as their own in order to carve out their own kingdom in the wilderness. In addition to classic dungeon crawling and exploration, the game will be heavily influenced by the Kingdom mechanic. The Kingdom is meant to be a reflection of the player character and choices taken throughout the game. Not only can the kingdom expand, acquiring new territories and permitting the player to build new towns and communities, but the player’s capital city will physically change based on their decisions, policies, and even allies. Diplomacy, politics, and the ability to lead troops in the field will be part of the challenge.
Currently, Owlcat intends to build an 80-hour CRPG that spans five in-game years. The game would include over ten classes, seven races, and potentially a hundred different kinds of enemies. The campaign would be built on a six-path adventure path, with three hundred Kingdom events, a hundred Kingdom projects, and fourteen regions that could be added to the Kingdom.
“Our focus is on quality. A game with true consequences to player choices is a massive undertaking and there are so many interesting ideas that we want to explore that fall outside our budget,” said Oleg Shpilchevsky, Head of Owlcat Games. “Our goal is to make a great RPG that does justice to the Pathfinder universe. We want to offer more companions, add companion depth, new classes, new dungeons and wilderness to explore, more Kingdom events, and even brand-new quests and custom content by famous Pathfinder and cRPG authors.”
The Kickstarter campaign includes multiple stretch goals that fund a number of development options, such as story chapters, additional races, and enhancements to core game mechanics. In return, backers will receive rewards in their digital or physical copy of the final game, ranging from discounts for early backers to in-game items, beta access, figurines and digitalizing their real-life pet in Pathfinder: Kingmaker. The Kickstarter concludes July 11, 2017.