Pillars of Eternity beta for Kickstarter backers goes live in August

Andy Chalk

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Obsidian's old-school RPG Pillars of Eternity is slowly but surely coming into the home stretch, and in fact the initial round of beta testing isn't much more than a month away—but only for those who backed the game on Kickstarter.

Nearly 74,000 people backed Pillars of Eternity on Kickstarter, in the days when it was known as " Project Eternity ," but only about 4200 of them actually pledged at one of the two levels that explicitly offered a beta key. Whether anyone else will be admitted to the club and how it will all come together with the planned Early Access release on Steam remains to be seen—Obsidian said it will get into the specifics of the beta in its next update—but for now, we at least have a date : August 18 is the big day.

Obsidian also announced a slight change in plan regarding the "making of" documentary DVD/Blu-ray that was intended for the Collector's Edition box. "In order to provide a physical copy of the documentary when the game shipped, we would be unable to show the final leg of production in order to have time to print all of the discs and packaging," the update says. "We want our backers to be able to share the entire experience of making this game with us - from the earliest beginnings to the very end. To do this, we've decided to forgo making a physical copy of the documentary, and will instead release a digital downloadable extended version."

It acknowledged that not everyone will be happy with the decision, but promised that the documentary disc will be replaced with a different reward that will be announced in the near future. It also said that updates will be coming somewhat more sporadically from now on, so the team can "focus as much of our efforts into putting out the best game we possibly can for everyone."

Pillars of Eternity is currently expected to be out by the end of the year .

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