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Pen-and-Paper RPG Adaptation Pathfinder: Kingmaker Gains Metro Publisher’s Support

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Deep Silver—the publisher behind Shenmue 3 and Metro: Exodus—has added another promising project to its upcoming slate in the form of the crowdfunded RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

The deal, similar to the one struck with Warhorse Studios’s Kingdom Come: Deliverance, means that developer Owlcat Games will retain complete creative control over the project, while distribution and other overhead assistance will be handled by an experienced publisher.

Speaking about the new partnership, Owlcat Studio Head Oleg Shpilchevsky said working with Deep Silver will allow the team to “reach out to the maximum number of players across the globe, making [the] brand easily accessible, maintaining quality and doing right by the fanbase.” He also hinted that the team has “ambitious plans” for the game.

To date, the team has not confirmed the production of post-release content, though one of the most recent Kickstarter updates for the title suggested that Owlcat “need[s] to consider it” in light of frequent fan queries. The same post revealed that crowdfunding would close just shy of the USD$1.1 million that would have meant Hellknights are included as a playable class.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is an adaptation of the Pathfinder tabletop RPG first published in the late 200os. Although in many respects a fairly traditional isometric CRPG following in the footsteps of Baldur’s Gate and the original Fallout, Pathfinder: Kingmaker adds a robust kingdom building system to the formula.

The game was originally set to release in August 2018 exclusively for PC, but whether it is still on track for the date is uncertain.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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