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Pathfinder: Kingmaker team is working on a sequel

Dungeons & Dragon’s most famous sibling comes back to Kickstarter in February

A balor lashes out with lighting, spitting from a magic wand, while heroes battle demonic imps in the foreground. Image: Owlcat Games
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Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the isometric role-playing game, could get a sequel. Developer Owlcat Games is working on a follow-up called Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, and it’s once again turning to crowdfunding to finance the RPG’s development.

A Kickstarter campaign for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is scheduled to go live on Feb. 4, but there’s no release window for the RPG yet. The team at Owlcat did drop 10 screenshots, which we’ve included below. They show a mockup of the game currently in development minus a user interface.

The Russia-based development team at Owlcat was relatively unknown before its campaign for Kingmaker succeeded in 2017. The final product was produced in a timely fashion, going live only a month after it was originally promised in September 2018. It has since racked up very positive reviews on Steam.

According to a press release, Owlcat has big hopes for the new title. At its core will be a full-fledged military campaign of “mythic proportions” where players will be able to steer the course of the conflict.

“In Wrath, heroes must fight to reclaim their land from the demonic forces that have conquered it,” Owlcat said. “Recapturing the strategic, heavily fortified city of Drezen in order to convert it into the headquarters from which the crusaders can wage war won’t be easy, as players must carefully consider the allies and war assets they rely upon. Players’ choices of alliances will drastically influence outcomes later in the game and shift the relationships they forge with some of their companions.”

Kingmaker and its sequel are both based on the Pathfinder tabletop role-playing game from Paizo Publishing. Paizo recently launched that game’s second edition, which Polygon reviewed very favorably. It was among the first tabletop RPGs to be added to our Polygon Recommends list alongside Cyberpunk Red, the prequel to CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077.

The previous campaign by Owlcat games had an initial ask of $500,000 — backers kicked in more than $900,000 on Kickstarter — and a roughly one-and-a-half-year lead time. No details have been shared about the upcoming campaign.

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