Check out a teaser from 24 'Til Launch, Shacknews' new documentary video series, premiering tomorrow

Tune in at 12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific to check out our 35-minute documentary-style video on the launch of Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.


I aim bigger with every Long Read I publish at Shacknews. Last April, Stairway to Badass was the largest and most comprehensive feature in the history of the site--so large and comprehensive I broke our content management system, and had to send out an SOS to our engineers to create more space. Last December, Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters towered over Stairway to Badass.

And, yes, I broke the content management system again.

Tomorrow, Beneath a Starless Sky: Pillars of Eternity and the Infinity Engine Era of RPGs goes live at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific. It's nearly 500 pages of behind-the-scenes details that recount the making of Obsidian's contemporary RPGs and classic titles such as Baldur's Gate. (I didn't break CMS this time. To be honest, I kinda feel like I failed. I'll try harder next time.)

But wait, there's more! Ahead of that at noon Eastern, you'll be able to watch the inaugural installment of 24 'Til Launch, a recurring series of documentary-style videos exclusive to Shacknews.

Obsidian was gracious enough to open their doors Greg Burke, Asif Khan, and me on May 7, just 24 hours before Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire set sail for Steam and We interviewed several developers over the next day and ended up with a 35-minute documentary on Obsidian's history in RPGs, and Deadfire's development.

We've prepared a teaser for what you can expect from 24 'Til Launch - Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire tomorrow. Check it out at 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific, and come back a few hours later to read Beneath a Starless Sky: Pillars of Eternity and the Infinity Engine Era of RPGs.

Long Reads Editor

David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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