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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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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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