Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire’s first DLC is on the way, and soon. Beast of Winter is set to launch is in less than a month, taking you to the southern reaches of the Deadfire Archipelago for a hellish crusade against a monstrous enemy who seeks to bring the world to an wintry end. Beast of Winter launches August 2.
You’ll join the adventure at the behest of the worshippers of the god of entropy and disaster, who want you to fulfill your destiny as the Duskspeaker - a harbinger of the end. Among Rymrgand’s priests, one called Vatnir will join you to do battle with monsters in a fight that heads to Hel itself. At the end of it all, there’s a horror that has even the gods shaking, threatening the a frozen end to the realm of Eora.
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We found out much more about the Beast of Winter DLC by speaking with the developers. You can see much more at the link, but you can expect to meet the end of the world with some dark comedy, as you journey beyond the Deadfire - literally into ‘The Beyond,’ a supernatural dimension filled with ancient things.
Beast of Winter is the first paid expansion for Pillars 2, but Obsidian isn’t done with free updates. Alongside the expansion on August 2, all players will get access to the ‘Deck of Many Things’ pack, as well as new merchant ship with lots of “neat stuff” to buy. You’ll also see the 2.0 patch, which makes many bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and adds the new Challenge Mode.
Challenge Mode is similar to the optional Berath’s Blessings you can get at the start of the game’s campaign, but it makes the game harder instead of easier. The mode’s designed to capture the feeling of early Dungeons & Dragons play, and gives you modifiers like killing off a character if they spend too long on the ground.
The folks at Obsidian see challenge mode as pretty similar to another fan-favourite option of theirs. “It changes the way the game plays,” says Beast of Winter narrative designer Alex Scokel, “in small and pretty large ways, in much the same way that Hardcore mode does in New Vegas.”
Previous Pillars 2 free DLC has included new beards, and a whole lot of booze in the Rum Runner's Pack. Two more paid expansions are on the way following Beast of Winter, so there'll be plenty more of Pillars 2 for you to enjoy.