Independent publisher Versus Evil is to publish Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, the company has announced. The sequel to the hit RPG will launch on PC, Mac and Linus in early 2018.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire recently made crowd-funding history when developer Obsidian brought the title to crowdfunding and investment platform Fig at the end of January earlier this year. It quickly became the platform's highest-funded title to date,reaching over $4.4m in pledges and investment, with Fig CEO Justin Baileycalling it "the largest video game campaign since Shenmue launched at Sony's E3 press conference at the height of crowdfunding in 2015."
Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil, commented: "Pillars of Eternity and Obsidian are practically synonymous with quality RPGs and we couldn't be happier to work with their team and their community in supporting Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
"The sequel builds on the massive critical success of the first game and will be one of the premier RPGs to launch in 2018. Fans of the franchise will be thrilled with everything that this sequel has to offer, and newcomers to the Pillars universe will get to experience a technically superior RPG adventure with a more meaningful companion system, deep progression mechanics and uniquely rich storyline for the first time.”
Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart added: "We are thrilled to be working with the team at Versus Evil on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, the first sequel we've ever made into one of our own IPs. Partnering with a team that is as passionate as we are about making Pillars of Eternity outstanding has already been such a gratifying and exciting experience. We know that Steve and his team will treat Deadfire right and help us make it the game that our incredible fans and generous backers expect and deserve.”