26 September 2018
The first classic computer RPG set in the fantasy world of pen-and-paper D&D rival Pathfinder has arrived on PC.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker was announced last year as a digital adaptation of the inventive tabletop Adventure Path campaign – written by Forgotten Realms setting creator Ed Greenwood, no less – that allowed players to construct their own kingdom and deal with the various challenges of being at the top.
Taking the form of a classic isometric cRPG a la Baldur’s Gate built on Pathfinder’s gameplay spin on Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, Kingmaker similarly includes elements of town-building and management alongside its single-player dungeon-crawling exploration and turn-based combat.
Set over the course of five years, the main story is said to last around 40 hours, with various side quests extending the time you can spend poking into the corners of the Stolen Lands to double that. Some of the tabletop campaign’s characters make cameos in the virtual narrative, alongside new events and companions created from the ground up for the PC game.
Heading up Kingmaker’s writing is seasoned computer RPG writer Chris Avellone – known for Fallout and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, among others – adding to the throwback feel of the game.
Check out the launch trailer below: