Back in 2017, Owlcat Games ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Pathfinder: Kingmaker, an isometric RPG in the vein of Baldur's Gate and Fallout. The Russian studio delivered Kingmaker a year later in September, only one month off from the estimated delivery date. Pathfinder: Kingmaker was an uneven RPG experience, landing at a Metascore of 73, but still stood as a great debut for Owlcat Games.
Now the studio is back with a second Kickstarter. Today, Owlcat Games launched a crowdfunding campaign for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. As the name suggests, the title is still rooted in the Pathfinder pen-and-paper RPG universe. Wrath of the Righteous' narrative takes place in Pathfinder's Age of Lost Omens, but it's not a direct sequel to Kingmaker, instead following a new cast of characters. Much of the team from Kingmaker is returning for the sequel, including Creative Director Alexander Mishulin, Lead Writer Alexander Komzolov, and Narrative Designer Chris Avellone.
Owlcat is promising a number of new features for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. There's ten new companions, many with romance options, and a full non-linear story campaign. Wrath is based on the first edition Pathfinder ruleset and there are five new classes—Arcanist, Bloodrager, Shaman, Oracle, and Witch—on top of 16 classes returning from Kingmaker. Owlcat is also adding a brand-new strategic layer to the game, with your character commanding an army to retake territory and push back the encroaching Demon Lords.
Players will be able to choose from six Mythic Paths that will change their journey through this fantasy world. Each path turns the players into a different being, shifting how they interact with nearly everything. You can choose between the demon-smiting Angel; the undead-controlling Lich; the Aeon, committed to balance above all; the Trickster, who can manipulate chance; the crusading Azata; the rising mortal life of the Legend; or even a Demon, fighting fire with fire.
Owlcat Games is asking for $300,000 to make Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous a reality, down from the $500,000 for Pathfinder: Kingmaker. As of the time of this writing, the campaign is already past $200,000 with 35 days to go, meaning the game being funded is likely. The lower budget is aimed at building out the current game, not building the entire project from the ground up.
"While we have enough budget to bring the concept of Wrath of the Righteous to life, we want this game to provide a truly epic experience," says Owlcat. "In order to execute our creative vision in the way it deserves, we need your help. This additional budget will allow the team to develop more complex reactions to progressing on a certain path and expand each Mythic Path into a truly unique experience, with exclusive story branches and character abilities that influence the world around you."
Surprisingly, there are no Stretch Goals for the campaign. Instead, Owlcat is focusing on social goals across multiple platforms, including retweets, Instagram followers, and YouTube subscribers. These social goals include player mod support, more hair styles, a new romance option, and a cameo of a character from Kingmaker.
The funding drive for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous ends on March 11, 2020, and the estimated delivery for the game is June 2021.