The good folks at Paizo have announced that they have licensed their Pathfinder game to Goblinworks to develop an MMO game. Now, I play neither MMO’s nor Pathfinder, but I am a fan of the way Paizo does business, and this is obviously a Big Deal from the standpoint of the gaming industry, given Pathfinder’s consistent rankings either just above or just below Dungeons and Dragons in terms of sales estimates.
a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style MMO roleplaying game where characters
explore, develop, and dominate the River Kingdoms, a treacherous
no-man’s-land of squabbling kingdoms on the edge of wilderness.
I’m no expert on MMOs, but the sandbox/theme park hybrid does seem pretty par for the course. Given some of the other information on the Goblinworks page about the game, I wonder just how much of Pathfinder will actually make it into the game, other than the name (emphasis added):
Players explore, adventure, develop, and dominate their domains by
playing fighters, rogues, wizards, or any of Pathfinder’s many character
types, or they can use the game’s archetype system go beyond the
standard options to create nearly any sort of character imaginable.
In any event, congratulations to Paizo, and it will be interesting to see how Pathfinder fans react to the news and the game itself, once it goes live.