Obsidian Entertainment has partnered with the independent game publisher Versus Evil to bring the original Pillars of Eternity to the Nintendo Switch. On Friday, it was announced the title would be coming in the form of Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition.
The award-winning CRPG can be yours from August 8 for $49.99, in the US. Pre-orders are already up on the Nintendo Switch eShop, where you can currently get a 20% discount on the game. Alternatively, if you’re in mainland Europe, you can grab it for €49,99, while UK Switch owners can purchase it for £44.99. There doesn’t seem to be word on a physical version as of yet, so you’re going to have to set aside some room for the 15.8GB download.
Pillars of Eternity was crowdfunded back in 2012 on Kickstarter, where it raised almost $4 million from over 70,000 backers. It launched in 2015 to strong praise and eventually garnered a sequel, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, which was also crowdfunded. The series harkens back to older CRPGs, such as Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. The latter of which many of Obsidian’s developers had worked on back at Black Isle Studios.
As the game’s name suggests, you’ll get the complete experience. This edition includes the base game and the two-part DLC, White March: Part I and II. All major updates to the original PC version will also be a part of the release, which includes a raised level cap, expanded AI options for party members, and more difficulty levels.
The original Pillars of Eternity is already on console, on PS4 and Xbox One, which answers one major question regarding how the game will control without a mouse and keyboard. Answers regarding another potential issue, performance, can be gleaned from the trailer (below) which appears to show the game performing admirably, though things such as loading times remain to be seen.
This release comes ahead of the game’s sequel, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, launching on all console platforms, including Nintendo Switch. Initially slated for 2018, the release received a delay late last year until some point in 2019, but a solid date has not yet been announced.