Pillars of Eternity 3 teased following Baldur’s Gate 3’s success

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Pillars of Eternity 3 has just been teased by its developers following the hype of Baldur’s Gate 3.

The success of Baldur’s Gate 3 has revitalized interest in the RPG genre, particularly those games that are heavily inspired by or connected to tabletop games. It’s believable that games such as Pathfinder, Solasta, and the upcoming Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader are positively affected by the hype being passed on to them by Baldur’s Gate 3’s critical and commercial success.

In light of this renewed interest, Obsidian developer Josh Sawyer took to social media and responded to a post that talked about this potential trickle-down success. In particular, he teased a third entry in one of the most beloved RPG franchises in recent memory, Pillars of Eternity. 

Is Pillars of Eternity 3 confirmed?

Pillars of Eternity 3 is not yet confirmed, despite the game being teased on social media.

Josh Sawyer jokingly responded to a tweet talking about Pillars of Eternity 3, stating that he was waiting for a call from Microsoft to give Obsidian a $120 million budget “any day now.” He’s talked about the possibility of a third entry before, all the way back in 2020, but says that it was unlikely to come anytime soon.

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The reason behind this, Sawyer says, is that publishers simply aren’t interested. There was significant burnout on the team after the work on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The sequel was considered to have had low sales, and that left the game’s potential publishers, even those who enjoyed the game, wary of jumping into a third entry.

Is Baldur’s Gate 3 going to have DLC?

Baldur’s Gate 3 has no announced DLC as of this writing.

Studio head of Larian, Swen Vincke, is wary of announcing any planned DLC. In interviews it has been revealed that the team was so busy getting the main game finished that no work had yet been started on an expansion at the time of the game’s release.

Vincke points out the difficulty of adapting high-level D&D adventures in a video game because, on the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop, post-level 12 is much less balanced. Vincke has said that working with a higher-level cap was difficult, but not impossible.

It should be noted that Larian typically doesn’t do expansions. In the studio’s history, only Divinity II received an expansion. The more well-known Divinity: Original Sin duology received enhanced editions instead. Still, the door is always open for more expansions in Baldur’s Gate 3’s future given the game’s great success.

That doesn’t mean Pillars of Eternity 3 is coming any sooner. But for RPG fans, it would still be something to look forward to.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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