You've probably heard of Dungeons & Dragons, the groundbreaking, long-running role-playing game that's currently launching its 5th edition. It's owned by Wizards of the Coast. Dozens of video games including Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights have used the D&D rule set and lore, and more recently, spinning out of and building off of D&D's revised 3rd edition is another, similar role-playing title that's blowing up on the scene and also expanding into video games.
We're of course referring to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (PFRPG), an RPG that some D&D fans now prefer over the original brand it's based off of. Back in the 3.5 edition game days, Paizo Publishing - the company that previous published Dungeon and Dragon magazines - had lost their contract with Wizards of the Coast so they continued publishing Pathfinder issues instead.
When the 4th edition was going to release under a strict license, Paizo spent a year designing Pathfinder based on the 3.5 edition since it had an open license and released it in 2009. Needless to say, they succeeded and have a hit on their hands. Part of that was thanks to D&D fans still preferring the 3.5 edition rules over the 4th edition. It's no surprise then that Paizo is jumping into the realm of video games, and have partnered with RPG veterans Obsidian Entertainment.
Obsidian and Paizo announced this week a long-term licensing partnership to produce electronic games based on its popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game intellectual property and it will begin a tablet game based on Paizo's Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a 1-4 player co-op title with all of the fantasy RPG tropes, from playable classes including rogues and wizards, character attribute points for strength and wisdom, etc.
Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart:
"At Obsidian we have a long history of working with the greatest RPG franchises, and we're thrilled to get to play in the Pathfinder universe now. We're huge fans and can't wait to bring what we do in the electronic gaming world to Pathfinder fans everywhere."
Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens:
"Obsidian is a video game developer at the top of its game. Being able to bring that type of experience and passion to Pathfinder can only mean great things, both for our loyal Pathfinder community and for all fans of great CRPG's."
Excited to see the Pathfinder brand expanding into digital interactive entertainment?
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