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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Prime Matter
Developer: Owlcat Games
Release Date: Sept. 2, 2021

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'Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous' Shows Off New Graphical Features, Upcoming DLCs, Pre-Order Incentives, Special Editions - Trailer

by Rainier on July 28, 2021 @ 9:57 a.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.

Experience richer, darker visuals in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, now available for pre-order.

Players can choose from three editions.

  • Core Edition - includes a digital copy of the game
  • Commander Edition - includes the game, artbook, digital OST, digital world map, and in-game items
  • Mythiс Edition - includes the game, artbook, digital OST, digital world map, in-game items, the season pass with three DLCs, including a new roguelike mode

Pre-order bonuses for any edition:

  • 3 extra animal companions skins
  • 2 in-game items (boots and amulet) 
  • Owlcat in-game pet

“We wanted to make the art style darker and more grounded,” says Alexander Mishulin, Creative Director. “So we had to rethink our graphical pipeline, to change the way we work with models, textures, and particle effects.”

Two story DLCs and a fully-fledged roguelike mode DLC are planned and included in the Season Pass. 

The first DLC will feature new adventures that await the player after the victory over the Worldwound. Leave Golarion behind and use unparalleled mythic powers to defend the space-time continuum against imminent collapse.

The second DLC features a brand-new story that takes place during the main campaign. Band together with other survivors and try to reach the last foothold of the crusader forces in the city using scarce resources and relying only on your humble skills.

Third DLC, the roguelike mode with partial integration into the main campaign, will offer limitless replayability.

Dismember enemies, survive wild weather, and let the streets run with blood - all in a new physical-based rendering system.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous new graphical features:

  • Hand-painted textures
  • Physical-based rendering
  • Overhauled weather system
  • New particle systems and surfaces
  • Dynamic lightning
  • Better textures and more realistic 3D models
  • Darker and more serious art-style throughout
  • 360 camera control

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, Epic Game Store and GOG) on September 2, 2021, with PS4 and Xbox One versions to follow in Fall 2021

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