Pathfinder Online is in talks with a new investment company

    
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Pathfinder Online players have been in a cruel state of limbo these past few months following the collapse of Goblinworks. However, the game’s fate might be far from sealed, as Acting CEO Lisa Stevens said that there has been “promising” talks with a new investment company.

“Last week, a new company has entered the arena and I am super-excited about the possibilities,” she posted. “It is still early in the process of talking with them, though I have been on the phone every day helping them get the data they need to make a decision. If they decide to move forward, Pathfinder Online will benefit from a significant infusion that will allow the development team to expand to the largest it has been.”

Goblinworks saw a sizable chunk of its original funding fall through earlier this year, which forced parent company Paizo to lay off all but three people working on the game. At the time, Stevens said she believed the game needed another 1 to 2 million dollars to complete.

Meanwhile, Pathfinder Online itself continues to receive some support, as the game just updated to early enrollment v11. The centerpiece of the patch is the addition of customized settlements, which allows players to modify the layout and specialization of each settlement to meet the needs of that village.

Source: Patch notes, investment update. Thanks to Takasi for the update!
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blackcat7k Wakkander I don’t know that is a 180 from what people backed for, they were pretty clear on their focus in the kickstarter. I will however say that it is a 180 from what pathfinder core market of cooperative rpg gamers would want in a title with the pathfinder brand.

FlyinDutchman
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FlyinDutchman

I hate to say this, but I’m really rooting against this one. 

Have not been impressed with the way they decided to run their business. Not touching this one.

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Ryan Dancy should never be let near another MMO again.

blackcat7k
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blackcat7k

Wakkander 
There’s negativity because the foundation of the game is in dire straights. There’s not going to be a turn around when the core of what’s been made already is completely 180° from what people were backing them for. Throwing money at them isn’t going to fix it.

Wakkander
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Wakkander

Lots of negativity on here. To be sure I think PFO is a terrible game as it stands and per its planned development. However, significant investment could easily turn it around, the question is would the new development continue a terrible path destined for at best a niche market, or would it seek to leverage the IP toward a more broadly appealing game? Even as it stands the Pathfinder name could hold value in the space assuming they actually made a game that would appeal to the fans of the IP, which it presently doesn’t.

devin007
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devin007

Give up looks like garbage anyway. I wouldn’t give them a dollar at this point.

Blackomen
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Blackomen

Just let it die, it’s a failed/botched attempt at a mmo. Money can’t salvage this mess.

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Theo454

Damonvile  Totally agree with you. People have various complaints about this game, but the biggest one that comes to mind is most fans of the Pen and paper pathfinder game lament that they don’t want unavoidable pvp in a pathfinder mmorpg, they want it optional, if at all. Seems a really dumb design decision to make pvp unavoidable if most of the fans of pathfinder are turned off by it and choose not to play the game because of it(including me). Whoever’s idea it was to do that should have been fired from the team and replaced. Maybe then they would have generated much more interest with pvp being totally optional and avoidable and would have gotten the extra funding they needed to complete the game.
P.S. Lisa Stevens, if you are reading this, please take this into consideration, as to where this game went wrong.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

These investors should run, run away fast.  Don’t look back.  Don’t answer the phone.  RUN!!!!!

Mansemat
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Mansemat

Nefarious Damonvile You would think that something that’s at the intrinsic foundation of the product you’re licensing would be included in the design and budget.