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Josh Sawyer on the Possibility of a Pillars of Eternity 3 After the Low Sales of Deadfire (Compared to the Original PoE)

haxan

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Oct 25, 2017
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As a big RTwP fan, I found the combat in the first game acceptable but I found the world and characters bland. I didn’t finish and never paid attention to the sequel until it got great reviews. Maybe I’ll give it a shot someday.
 

Cripterion

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Oct 27, 2017
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Me too.

Sad to see this game didn't get success and we're getting games like Outer Worlds instead :(

I like the gameplay of DoS games and while I own both, I coudln't stomach the setting, the story of those games so never finished them, don't think I even got to ACT 2 of DoS 2.

I finished Tyranny, PoE & PoE 2 and love every minute of it. I'm not a fan of RTwP and I initially stopped my playthrough of Pillars 2 and restarted and finished the game with the turn based patch. If you love good stories and settings, these games are a treat imo.
 
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Is it just me or do quite a few sequels to crowfunded games do poorly? I'd guess it's because they don't have the same hype from the community due to not being crowdfunded, and that's a problem because they're usually in comparatively niche genres.
 
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Jakisthe

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's 100% a combination of "Lack of clarity about what made this distinct" and "not at the forefront of a new funding hype train". PoE was one of the most prominent examples of "a 'long forgotten' genre done in AAA quality you remember only made possible by this newfangled Kickstarter thing" as a plus, and then Deadfire ditched that and confusingly marketed itself. It genuinely took me a few months of passive awareness to even realize it was an honest to goodness sequel, and not just another White March-esque expac.

All the stuff about the systems is besides the point; people still bought the first game en masse. I might be able to see DOS2 taking some of the air from the room, but it came out several months apart. CRPGs are big, sure, but they're not MMOs.
 
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Dancrane212

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Is it just me or do quite a few sequels to crowfunded games do poorly? I'd guess it's because they don't have the same hype from the community due to not being crowdfunded, and that's a problem because they're usually in comparatively niche genres.
That was a problem Stoic hit with the release of The Banner Saga 2. They went back to kickstarter for the third game not just to get funding, but to help rally their support and increase engagement.
 
Follow-up: If narrative tone of Deadfire its reception New
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Dancrane212

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Follow up post on the narrative tone of Deadfire possibly impacting its reception:
 

Ostron

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Mar 23, 2019
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Since I own PoE and not Deadfire while wanting to play it I'll say my main reason is I didn't finish the very last portion of PoE though I loved my PotD playthrough. Therefore I can't justify paying the relatively high price for Deadfire while still having a few hours left of the first game.