Goblinworks announced today that they’re working on a new MMORPG called Pathfinder Online. The game features a mixed sandbox/theme-park design and allows for players to build up settlements and kingdoms.
We don’t get many sandbox style MMOs. Most are broken down into instanced areas that are further broken down into smaller channels within those instanced areas. The result is that most MMOs aren’t really MMOs but small spurts of player groups playing in pre-designated instances. Goblinworks wants to change this up a bit by incorporating many of the fun thematic elements from a theme-park MMO but with all the lovable, open-world qualities of a sandbox MMO.
Pathfinder Online is based on the popular tabletop game of the same name and Paizo Publishing will be helping Goblinworks bring the classic title to life on PC screens. Like most other games in the genre there will be standard archetypes and classes available for players to choose from and cultivate, or if you’re feeling really creative you can design your character from the ground up using the free-form mode (Elder Scrolls fans rejoice).
While grinding and getting strong plays a big part in the game, resource management and gathering is even more important if you plan to become more than just a player who griefs low levels. You can use trading and crafting to build up homes, settlements and eventually castle settlements. They aren’t just there for looking pretty either, players will be able to utilize settlements for villagers and making money, as well as eventually raising an army and recruiting other players to help control the continent. Is that not badass or what?
Now a lot of this sounds grand and all but I’m sure many of are you wondering how the team will pull it off. Good question. The development team is composed of veterans such as the co-founder of Paizo, Lisa Stevens (Pathfinder RPG, Vampire: The Masquerade, Magic: The Gathering), MMO designer Mark Kalmes (Microsoft, Cryptic Studios, CCP), and Ryan S. Dancey (Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition, EVE Online).
Let’s just hope they don’t bite off more than they can chew and the game doesn’t turn out like StarVault’s Mortal Online…great concept gone to waste.
You can give your feedback on what you think about the project as well as learn more about Goblinwork’s new Pathfinder Online by visiting the Official Website.