Widely acclaimed CRPG Pillars of Eternity has now sold over 500,000 copies, making it one of the best-selling games on Steam this year.
The game is inspired by classic titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment and was funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising $4.5 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and Obsidian’s own website.
Feargus Urquhart, who is not a character from the game but the CEO of Obsidian, said:
“Every one of these milestones, from the completion of our crowdfunding campaign to the game’s release and beyond, is a surreal moment when you consider where this journey began. Pillars of Eternity has been a life-changing experience for me, and for everyone involved in its creation. Knowing that over half a million people have gotten to share in that is both flattering and humbling. I want to deeply thank all of our fans and supporters. We can’t wait to share what we’ve got next for the world of Eora.”
Fredrik Wester, CEO of publishers Paradox Interactive, is excited too:
“It’s very encouraging to see so much enthusiasm for the classic CRPG alive and well within the gaming community,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “It’s a genre we’re very fond of ourselves, as evidenced by the large number of Pillars of Eternity backers within our own company. Given that Paradox itself grew from tabletop-inspired strategy games, we’ve always believed there was plenty of room for the ‘classic’ genres to thrive, and we’re very proud to see half a million players agree with us.”
In addition to its recent two-part expansion, The White March, Obsidian promises to continue supporting the game with several forthcoming releases.
Surely 500,000 people can’t be wrong? Get Pillars of Eternity from Amazon to find out.