Obsidian Entertainment has revealed the three post-release DLC for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, with the first expansion releasing in July.
In a statement, Obsidian stated that the expansions will not be throwaway or tertiary content, as each will provide “new quests that will add to the lore of the Deadfire, new areas to discover, new secrets to reveal, and a whole host of new characters to meet and challenges to overcome.”
The first expansion is titled ‘Beast of Winter’ and tasks the player with exploring a distant island riddled with a doomsday cult that safeguards an ominous secret. According to Obsidian, the expansion will end in “a mysterious dimension populated by ancient souls and filled with devilish challenges.”
Following that expansion, a second DLC will come in September, entitled ‘Seeker, Slayer, Survivor’. Again, players will set foot on a mysterious island, with this particular isle focusing more on combat. The DLC will test the player’s “tactical skills as a commander, as [they] embark on a mission to rediscover ancient relics, and pit [their] party against Eora’s most skilled and savage.”
Deadfire‘s final DLC will release in December and is menancingly titled as ‘The Forgotten Sanctum’ which, according to Obsidian, puts the player’s party morale and ethics to the test. Obsidian appears to be teasing that this expansion will be rife with tough moral choices, as players must decide whether “to help (or obstruct) the great wizards of Eora. Will you befriend, betray or befuddle these venerable mystics as you uncover secrets lost to the generations?”
Overall, the expansions are connected by their mutual reinforcement of Deadfire‘s nautical themes, which is looking more to be the overtone of the new title. Each singular expansion appears to be built around a central concept, namely exploration, combat, and morality.
Deadfire recently suffered a short-term delay, while Obsidian also revealed that voice-acting duties will fall, at least partly, on the cast of Critical Role.