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Project Eternity Kickstarter Update #16: Mod Support, Exclusive Backer Pet, and Combat with Tim Cain
Game News - posted by Crooked Bee on Sat 6 October 2012, 15:21:36Tags: Adam Brennecke; Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity; Tim Cain
In yet another update to the Project Eternity Kickstarter campaign, Obsidian Entertainment promise mod support and an exclusive in-game pet for backers. The update also has Tim Cain answer some more questions submitted via Reddit, confirming flanking, charging and opportunity attacks, among other things. Additionally for $500 backers and above, Obsidian will let you put your name and a personalized message on a memorial stone in game -- HOWEVER, I remind you that you can get your name into the game much cheaper, for just $50, if you donate to the Codex Eternity fundraiser.
At the $50 tier and up we have an exclusive in-game pet for you! The pet is optional and will not have any in-game function besides being a quiet companion that will never leave your side. We are looking for ideas on what the pet could be, so let us know what you would like to see in our forums.
From Neverwinter Nights 2 to Fallout: New Vegas, we've enjoyed supporting the mod community, and we are continuing that with Project Eternity. It is awesome to see how you extend the worlds we make.
To make getting mods easy, we are excited to announce that our friends at the Nexus will be the official spot to download Project Eternity mods once the game is released. They have been a great host for mods for our past games, and we want to continue the trend with the Project Eternity Nexus. Check out the Nexus Network at www.nexusmods.com.
Our plan is to release our file-format information and expose as much of the data in the game as possible for you to extend and edit. We traditionally do not "hard-code" numbers so that our designers, and you, have the power to easily change and iterate on RPG data. We also plan on releasing localization tools to let communities around the world create localized versions for languages we are not translating Project Eternity into.
As we get more familiar with Unity during production, we will be extending Project Eternity even more for mod makers. Look forward to announcements in the months ahead as we make further progress and can provide you with more information about tools and mod support.
Tim Answers Your Combat Questions from Reddit
Kaboom asks: Hi Tim! I'm curious how the close combat in P:E will turn out. Will the melee of P:E encompass stuff like reach weapons, opportunity attacks, flanking, grappling, charging, prone/standing-modes and so forth?
Tim: Yes, we are looking to include many of these features into our close combat system. Specifically, opportunity attacks and flanking are definitely in, as well as charging. We're not sure about reach weapons yet (we need to figure out if that attribute on a weapon will be worthwhile enough in combat and will supportable with the appropriate UI), and while we will support prone positions, you won't be able to attack while prone because the animations involved are too different from attacks while standing that we would have to make every animation twice, once for standing and once for prone. This limitation also means that grappling abilities will not be included. There are too many new animations needed and special case limitations that apply, e.g. how does a human grapple a centaur or a dragon or an ooze?).
Tim answers more of your questions in the video and the text version is on our forums. Also check out the Project Eternity reddit group.
I hope the pet will be kawaii. ^_^
Also: in the Reddit interview, Tim explains how they currently envisage cooldowns working in the game. Go give it a read.