Owlcat Games’ Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is still a long ways off – the Kickstarter campaign still has five days left to go as well. But it’s sounding way more ambitious and outright fun than its predecessor. This is thanks in part to the Mythic Paths system which allows players to take on powerful new roles like the Lich.
While the Lich is able to raise undead, it can do this with different non-playable characters and bosses. That’s right – you can have an entire party of zombie bosses at your beck and call. Creative director Alexander Mishulin explained in a recent Reddit AMA that, “Lich will be able to raise powerful undeads out of some of the NPCs and bosses through the game. Lich can use them as a party member, but of course this will replace companion, and companion quest and/or banter will be missing.
“It will still not lock you out of companion content, as you will be able to change party and take the companion to their quest. There are more uses for those undeads than just be a replacement for the companion.”
Of course, unlocking a Mythic Path isn’t just about leveling up or reaching a certain point in the story. When asked if Mythic Paths were alignment-locked, Mishulin said it was tricky to answer since the system was still in development. However, he noted that, “Our current idea is that to choose particular mythic path you will have to complete certain quests or tasks. And those are usually pull your alignment toward certain alignment.
“To become Lich you will have to make some evil actions and that will pull your alignment toward evil. And when you become one, you will still be able to make choices, that are good or evil, but some of the choices available only to the Lich will also be evil. We think that if you will be progressing as Lich and making a lot of good choices – you will be able to end up a Neutral Lich, but not a Good Lich.”
Narrative designer Arseniy Krymov followed up by noting that, “You choose your mythic path, but some choices need to be unlocked first – some easily, some will take effort.”
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is currently slated to release in June 2021 for PC. You can check out some early footage here from PAX East 2020 (Mishulin also confirmed that the UI in this build is currently placeholder). Stay tuned for more details especially with the next Kickstarter stretch goal close to being fulfilled.