Update: According to Paradox, Pillars of the Eternity is "absolutely going to ship this year."
Paradox Interactive has just announced that they will be partnering with Obsidian Entertainment to publish the Kickstarted RPG Pillars of Eternity , as well as, potentially, other Obsidian projects going forward.
Paradox, best known for their in-house titles like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and Magicka, has also published games from outside studios, such as the Warlock and Cities in Motion franchises. Paradox CEO Fred Wester said he's not sure what working with Obsidian might entail beyond Eternity, but he sees it as "hopefully a long-term relationship."
Obsidian's Fergus Urquhart, when asked why he chose Paradox as a publisher, responded simply "They're a bunch of crazy Swedes." Obsidian will retain intellectual property rights and creative control over Eternity, while Paradox will handle marketing and Kickstarter reward fulfillment.
This alliance represents another step into the RPG world for Paradox, after the announcement of Norse mythology RPG Runemaster last month.