Obsidian teases something called "Project Louisiana" [Updated]

Update: A new day, a new tweet.

The "Leaden Key" reference gives away that all of this is something to do with Pillars of Eternity: The Leaden Key, as explained in the Pillars of Eternity Wiki, "is a secretive organization dedicated to the goddess Woedica and the preservation of the secrets of the gods." It has existed for thousands of years, led by an apparently-immortal grandmaster named Thaos. 

That still leaves a lot of room for questions about what exactly it could be, but barring some bizarre crossover, it is quite clearly not a new, Obsidian-authored Fallout.

Original story: 

Obsidian Entertainment, the maker of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, Tyranny, and a bunch of other stuff, tweeted something rather odd today: An image of a pipe and a stalk of wheat, accompanied by a message about the return of gods and lost dreams. It also put the same image up on the front page of its website. What could it mean? 

A follow-up tweet, encouraging followers to "talk amongst yourselves," included a link to an Obsidian forum for something called "Project Louisiana." It currently contains two threads, one positing Fallout 4: New New Orleans, and the other insisting that it's obviously Pillars of Eternity 2.   

Neither theory has any evidence to support it, but you will recall that there was talk about a Fallout: New Orleans last summer, fueled by a European Union trademark filing. But Obsidian quickly shot down that rumor, and the filing now appears to be gone.

I've reached out to Obsidian for more information, which to be perfectly honest I don't expect will be forthcoming. If it is, or if there are further developments elsewhere, I'll let you know.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.