Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Owlcat Games
Release Date: June 2021

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'Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous' Kickstarter Ends with Over $2 Million Funding, Closed Alpha Next Month

by Rainier on March 11, 2020 @ 1:42 p.m. PDT

Based on the adventure path of the same name, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is a classic isometric CRPG game that follows in the footsteps of the previous digital adaptation of Paizo’s tabletop RPG, Pathfinder.

While not a direct sequel to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will expand and elaborate on the core elements that made Owlcat’s previous installment successful. New features include the mythic progression system, a new corner of the award-winning Age of Lost Omens setting to explore, and more classes and character customizations drawn from Pathfinder's extensive history. Owlcat will be releasing more details as development progresses so that fans can stay caught up on how the process evolves over time.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is based on the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path from the tabletop game but includes new characters, plots, and elements to entertain even players already familiar with the adventure. It tells the story of a large-scale conflict between mortals and demons where players are invited to immerse themselves in a world under siege from demonic forces. As a vicious invasion threatens the world, the consequences of one’s decisions will forge a unique narrative of their personal battle between good and evil.

Kingmaker’s Creative Director Alexander Mishulin and Lead Writer Alexander Komzolov return to their respective roles, and Owlcat is happy to confirm that Chris Avellone is back on board lending a hand and supporting the narrative team as he did with Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Owlcat Games has announced that its Kickstarter campaign for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has raised $2,054,339, way past its initial $300,000 funding goal.

More than 35,000 backers helped fund the CRPG based on Paizo’s famous tabletop RPG and the adventure path of the same name, and 20 stretch goals have been reached. In celebration of the campaign’s success, the studio has shared that fans will also be able to pre-order Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous through the new official website launching at the end of the month and that the first closed alpha test will be held this April. A new alternative key visual has been revealed—it is showcasing the player's character who followed the path of a Lich, instead of the Angel's path featured in the first original art unveiled in December.

“I express sincere gratitude to every backer who has supported us. This Kickstarter campaign was incredibly successful and our team is amazed by the overwhelming support of backers who share our love of Pathfinder,” says Oleg Shpilchevskiy, Owlcat Games’ Head of Studio. “For us, it is essential to communicate with the core players from the early stages of development. We are looking forward to getting the players’ feedback during a closed alpha test in April.”

Fans will be able to pre-order Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous on a dedicated website later this month. Kickstarter backers will be able to access an account to manage and upgrade their pledges, select specific add-ons, receive digital rewards and edit personal information (such as their shipping address). People who wish to continue supporting the title’s development may purchase packages similar to the tiers offered during the game’s Kickstarter campaign. Pre-orders will help fund the final stretch goal that was still active at the time of the campaign’s completion, adding a new Hunter class and dinosaurs as animal companions.

Closed alpha test access for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will be available for Kickstarter backers and fans who pre-order via the title’s website. Kickstarter backers will be able to participate in April’s alpha test by selecting it among other add-ons they pledged for during the title’s crowdfunding campaign. Fans who have not contributed to the title’s campaign so far, will have the opportunity to pre-order the game and purchase the alpha access add-on once it is available.

The Mythic Lich key visual shared today depicts the evil alternative to the default good Mythic Angel. It evidences how the player’s party can change according to their alignment. One’s choices will determine the companions that will join them on their crusade to reclaim the world from the demonic forces that have invaded it.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will feature nine Mythic character types with unique abilities that greatly affect the title’s narrative, gameplay and variety of choices. These include the benevolent Angel, the ravaging Demon, the powerful Lich, the cunning Trickster, the lawful Aeon, the rebellious Azata, the ruthless Swarm-That-Walks, the Legend and the merciful Gold Dragon.

The title will additionally feature an extremely flexible character building system with 24 classes to choose from, six archetypes per class, three new races in addition to nine from Pathfinder: Kingmaker, one new companion, mounted combat, full-scale animal companion progression and more. The Kickstarter campaign also revealed the addition of three new romantic interests for the player’s character. While the game is designed to be played in real-time with pause (RTWP), it will also include a turn-based mode (TBM) that will allow players to experience a play session almost identical to the tabletop version.

To stand against the demonic invasion, the player character and their companions will receive additional powers from the player’s chosen mythic path. These paths vary widely in nature and profoundly impact the storyline of the game, permanently changing the characters and the world around them. Players may choose the path of the  immortal lich, wielding powerful spells and commanding an army of undead; the path of the trickster, causing mischief and finding fun even in the middle of the demon-filled abyss; the path of the angel, summoning celestial allies into battle and meting bolts of divine judgment upon foes; or something else entirely.

Some Pathfinder RPG character classes that didn’t make it into Kingmaker will make their CRPG debut in Wrath of the Righteous alongside the returning roster, including — but not limited to — the fan-favorite witch and oracle. More classes and character options will be revealed in the near future.

Boasting an improved visual style, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will offer a look and feel distinct from that of Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Set in locations including a demon-infested wasteland, besieged crusader cities, and the foul, twisted Abyss itself, Wrath of the Righteous’s art will capture the epic fight of the world’s defenders as they struggle to hold the line against the corrupting force of otherworldly entities.

Key Features:

  • Embark on a journey to a realm overrun by demons and rise to power by choosing one of six available Mythic Paths. Master their abilities and change the world around you as an Angel, a Lich, a Trickster, an Aeon, a Demon, or an Azata. Each Mythic Path leads to unique skills and appearance, and greatly impacts the game’s story.
  • Challenge the mighty Demon Lords and close the portal to the demonic plane of existence known as the Abyss.
  • Enjoy the flexibility, richness, and depth of the Pathfinder first edition ruleset. Create any character imaginable by choosing one of ten races, picking a particular class out of the 21 available, each with five archetypes for even greater customization. Gain access to more than a thousand spells, feats, and abilities, and select those that suit your playstyle. Take control of your party formation, help set up a camp, and find a way to victory by combining the strengths of your companions.
  • Lead the armies of the Fifth Crusade to victory in a new strategic layer of gameplay. In addition to the classic CRPG experience, step into the role of the Commander, gather troops, reinforce your stronghold, and send your armies to battle the demonic invasion across the map of the region. Send your crusaders to explore ancient ruins and recover powerful artifacts.
  • Experience a non-linear story about the cost of tremendous power that adventurers often seek, with tales of corruption caused by the demonic influence and redemption for those who have stepped on the wrong path.
  • Meet a new diverse cast of characters, including ten companions to recruit to your party and featuring multiple romance options to choose from.
  • Take control of five new classes (Arcanist, Bloodrager, Shaman, Oracle, and Witch) and meet a new race–the half-undead dhampir–in addition to the previous roster from Pathfinder: Kingmaker. The number of archetypes per class has increased to five as well.
  • Dive into the game even if you’re not familiar with the intricacies of the Pathfinder ruleset. Use an enhanced tutorial for newcomers to help you with character creation and get up to speed with the rules of the system.
  • Explore the world with updated visuals and a 360-degree rotating camera added for better playability and immersion.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is coming to PC (Steam and GOG) in June 2021, with more platforms to be revealed in the future.  

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