Pillars of Eternity 2 Director To Sing to Players Who Beat Ultimate Challenge

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  • Posted on 23rd Sep, 2022 02:39 AM

Pillars of Eternity 2 director Josh Sawyer takes things to a new level by singing to players who completed the Ultimate challenge.

p>The director of Pillars of Eternity 2: DeadfireJosh Sawyer, is putting his money where his mouth is concerning a tweet he made concerning the game's Ultimate Challenge. The monolithic mode pits players into a super-hard boss rush against the entire game's villainous roster and requires the utmost in-game knowledge and tactical skill.

The challenge, simply called The Ultimate in-game, enables every possible optional difficulty feature and sees a sole combatant face down fifteen of the game's hardest foes. This is on top of a single Pillars of Eternity save file that is deleted upon the player's demise.

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Needless to say, the feat has been achieved by so few that their names are forever etched onto a plaque in Obsidian Entertainment's office, and each victor receives a real-life coat patch bearing the smiling visage of Josh Sawyer (who also appears as the in-game achievement's icon as well.) Obsidian's upcoming RPG Avowed seems to follow in Pillars of Eternity's footsteps, so there could well be a sequel to this insane challenge in the future.

window.arrayOfEmbeds["1356806069335416833"] = {'embedded_twitter' : '"<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">IF the twelfth person to complete The Ultimate and earn the final spot on the plaque completes it WITHOUT Priest of Skaen or Blood Mage, I will record a cover of I Will Always Love You dedicated to them. <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/Ecw9w5buhE\">pic.twitter.com\/Ecw9w5buhE<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/jesawyer\/status\/1356806069335416833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">February 3, 2021<\/a><\/blockquote>\n\n"'};

Fan reception to the original Pillars of Eternity was excellent, with the sequel receiving enthusiastic backing. The established way to push through this trial was to create a character with the class Priest of Skaen or Blood Mage- or a mix of both- to benefit from both classes' dominance in survivability and damage. This meta seemed all but established, until the twelfth and final addition on the plaque was made, confirming that against all odds, an off-meta pick of a Troubador/Scion character made it through the challenge unscathed.

After Josh Sawyer's tweet challenging the meta was published, it is only fitting that a Troubador is the one to earn a song. This twelfth victor marks the last to be verified and etched onto the plaque, but there are still patches to be won, up to the 50th verified completion. It bespeaks to the Ultimate's difficulty in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire that nearly three years after the game's release, this honor roll has only just filled.

Personable moves like this only enhance Obsidian's place as a developer dear to the heart of many gamers. The American firm has had financial troubles in the past but is still commended as one of the greatest RPG developers of all time, with legendary titles like Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of Old Republic II in their lengthy portfolio. The game has enjoyed a bit of outreach with Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire becoming part of Xbox's Game Pass service, making the game easily accessible on PC and Xbox One- though it goes without saying the Ultimate is not a challenge for the uninitiated.

Heartfelt victory music isn't all we'll be seeing from Obsidian in the near future, with E3 on the horizon and Obsidian standing as part of Xbox's roster. While Sawyer has not yet published their serenade to Riccardo Novello, the lucky Ultimate victor, they have redoubled on Twitter that they are indeed practicing for the musical finale to Pillars of Eternity 2's Ultimate Challenge race.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is out now on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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