Project Eternity first screenshot is pretty

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT

Obsidian Entertainment has shared the gorgeous first environment screenshot of its crowd-funded retro RPG Project Eternity, showing a WIP version of the old-school art style it's aiming for. If you dug the look of vintage RPGs like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, you'll be thrilled. Go on, have a closer look.

"Early on in the Kickstarter campaign, we told you that we wanted to make maps the Infinity Engine way. That is, we wanted to build 3D levels, render them out as 2D images, and then have our artists paint in beautiful details, highlights, and color-tweaks before they went into the game," Obsidian explained in an update post. "Looking back at the levels some of us worked on for Icewind Dale, we were still thrilled with the quality that we could achieve with this approach. For Project Eternity, we're using 10 years of improvements in rendering technology and hardware to get the job done, but we still love what we can do the 'old-fashioned' way."

Obsidian also shared some snippets of "lore" confirming that yes, this is a fantasy game, as well as new stretch goals. At $3 million, Obsidian will add sizeable strongholds you can take over and manage, while at $3.5m they'll add a whole second big city with tons of new things to do.

You have until Tuesday evening to back the Kickstarter campaign, which is currently sitting pretty at over $2.7 million, having smashed the initial goal of $1.1 million. Pledging at least $25 will get you a downloadable copy of the finished game.

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