Avowed: A Pillars of Eternity Renaissance with a Skyrim Twist
Prepare yourselves, fellow adventurers, for the grand return of Avowed, the upcoming first-person fantasy RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. But hold on...
Prepare yourselves, fellow adventurers, for the grand return of Avowed, the upcoming first-person fantasy RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. But hold onto your enchanted hats, for this time, we're diving back into the beloved world of Eora, where the Pillars of Eternity games once roamed. As a self-proclaimed Pillars aficionado, this news has me positively giddy. I mean, who wouldn't want a second shot at mainstream success for this fantastic series? (Well, except for Tyranny, but let's not talk about that.)
Now, don't be fooled into thinking that Avowed is simply a fresh coat of paint on those classic isometric CRPGs. Oh no, my friends. In a recent tête-à-tête with PC Gamer's Ted Litchfield, Avowed's game director, Carrie Patel, and gameplay director, Gabe Paramo, revealed that this new installment is taking a page out of Skyrim's spellbook. They've bid farewell to the Pillars games' class system and embraced a collection of ability trees that you can dabble in as you level up.
Picture this: Paramo leaning in, a mischievous glint in his eye, saying, "There's multiple ability trees, mate. It's a classless game! You get to pick and choose your abilities as you progress, and you can even respec." Oh, the freedom! And fear not, my fellow roleplayers, for though you'll choose from different background archetypes at the start, Patel assures us they won't shackle you to particular choices or builds. They simply serve as a delightful starting point for your character-building journey, your very own headcanon.
Now, this shift away from Pillars of Eternity's deliciously intricate web of Paladins, Ciphers, Mages, and Chanters might cause a few hearts to sink. But fear not, for it's a necessary step for an accessible first-person RPG like Avowed. After all, we want it to hold its own against the likes of Bethesda's modern masterpieces. Although, I must confess, Baldur's Gate 3 managed to capture hearts with its classes, stats, and number crunching. Perhaps a Pillars-style class system would find a fairer reception if it were released today. Ah, the fickle tastes of gamers!
But hold your horses, my adventurous compatriots, for the spirit of Pillars remains alive and well in Eora. Deep within those ability trees lie "as many cool abilities as made sense to translate from a kind of CRPG top-down perspective into first-person," Paramo teased. Oh, the anticipation! Will we be able to charge into battle, belting out songs like the legendary Kana Rua? Only time will tell, my dear comrades. Patience is a virtue we must cultivate on this grand journey.
So, ready your blades, polish your enchanted amulets, and prepare to be captivated once more by the mystical realm of Eora. Avowed, with its Pillars of Eternity roots and Skyrim-inspired twists, promises a fantastical adventure that will leave us breathless. I, for one, cannot wait to step foot into this realm of wonder and forge my own destiny. May the gods smile upon us all as we await the grand unveiling of Avowed!
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