Paizo Announces a Pathfinder Online Game

By bj
In News
Nov 23rd, 2011

Paizo Announces a Pathfinder Online Game:

From their announcement:

Pathfinder Online’s journey is just beginning. We’ve started a brand-new company called Goblinworks to create the game. At the moment, it’s owned by myself, Ryan, Paizo, and Mark Kalmes. Mark is one of the top tech guys in the MMO field, and he’ll be Goblinworks’ Chief Technical Officer. (And we’re currently looking for additional investors to help us move forward with Pathfinder Online.)

Traditionally, projects like this are developed in secrecy, with information leaking out in whispers for months before a formal announcement. But we don’t want our loyal customers to find out about Pathfinder Online through rumored half-truths; we want you in on the ground floor.

A lot of big picture work has already been done on Pathfinder Online, and it’s going to be a bit different from your traditional fantasy MMO. It’s going to focus around the characters you create, in a world that will grow out of your interactions, developing the way you choose to develop it. It takes place in the River Kingdoms of Golarion, with our own Kingmaker Adventure Path providing some of the inspiration. There will be an overarching storyline, and dungeons aplenty to explore, but where Pathfinder Online is going to thrive is in the ability of each of you to leave your mark on the world. Do you want to build a castle that you own and control? Go for it. Want to start a town and rally folks to your banner? Do that. Do you want to ally with the neighboring villages to form a new nation—or perhaps wage war on them instead? The choice is yours. Want to become the most feared bandit in the River Kingdoms? The path is available. Want to become the greatest armorer that Golarion has ever seen? All it takes is hard work. If you can imagine doing something in the world of Golarion, we want you to be able to do that in Pathfinder Online.

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  • When you look at the senior team members assembled for this you can imagine that with the right funding level they can make this project a big winner.

    Hope they find the funding to make it happen – the game play options (build a castle, start a town etc) look very ambitious but very, very cool too. I’ll be watching progress with interest.

  • Sounds promising. I’m really interested to see how this develops.

  • See..this is what I’m talking about.. this is for an RPG that is being turned into a video game. Wow..

    • grimbergen

      Not sure what your point is… what’s wrong licensing an IP across multiple genres?

      • mathieu

        I guess his point is this has nothing to do with tabletop gaming. Much like more and more news posts on the site.

        • grimbergen

          Ok, I get it now. But for me, certain brands are interesting enough that I’d want to know if a tabletop game IP was transitioning to another medium.

  • keltheos

    As long as Pathfinder doesn’t try to squeeeeeze as much of the 3.75 rules into the MMO as Wizards did with DDO it could be worth looking at. Nothing kills the fun faster than having to remember to click your Diplomacy skill button to get a 5% discount on a healing potion. 😉

  • grimbergen

    Sounds promising, like a true persistent world and not the usual instanced MMOs we see these days.

    The only info I see on Kalmes’ background is in City of Heroes…which doesn’t sound promising. COH’s still around so it’s probably somewhat successful, but I wouldn’t consider anything beyond a generic MMO in a unique setting that had no real competition until now with DCU online.