We now know this to be an isometric, likely party-based RPG similar to Pillars of Eternity, Baldur’s Gate, and the Pathfinder: Kingmaker/Wrath of the Righteous titles that Owlcat has previously worked on (very successfully - some of the finest cRPG gaming to be had since Obsidian imo, these Pathfinder games). Whether you are into Warhammer 40K or not, this could really be something very interesting - an actual story based Warhammer 40K RPG could be a lot more fun than yet another tactical/board game set in that universe, and it looks like they are pulling out all the stops in terms of production value.
Original post from before we knew what this was follows, for historical reference.
Sounds like speculation on sites such as Era and Twitter are that this is them signaling that their third RPG will be set in the Starfinder PnP setting. I love my fantasy setting, and I adore both of their previous titles, but I will admit this is kind of an interesting juke I didn’t expect them to take. Of course, I had never heard of Starfinder before today, so that’s probably why. Is this something everyone is excited for, if it turns out to be what they are planning (which seems incredibly likely)?
The Starfinder setting is def newer/less rich than some classic space opera settings, and has lots of weird fantasy elements that wouldn’t be out of place in Star Wars, inherited from the Golarion setting of Pathfinder (the canonical genesis of the futuristic SF 'verse). But in my limited experience with it, it’s definitely weird in the fun way, and lots of the substantial improvements that made their way into PF2E got their start in SF, so I do prefer it mechanically. It’s still crunchier than I dig at the table, but I bet it’s a blast in a videogame.
Is this a video game thing or a board game thing? “cRPG” is what lead me into the thread, meaning it’s a video game, not a board game, but you never know. Nowadays they have digital versions of board games, and I’m not sure if that’s defined as a video game or a board game. I’d still classify it as the latter.
Owlcat studios are the ones that developed the Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous video games.
These are based on the Pathfinder pen and paper RPG system. My understanding is that there is a Starfinder pen and paper RPG system that also uses the open source 3rd Edition D&D open source rules, and the implication here is their next video game will be using that rules system/setting.
I didn’t know anybody who played pen and paper RPGs growing up, but I did collect source material because it was so fun to read and get lost in the rich worlds those folks created. I still have some of them to this day!
I’m about 90% sure that their offices in Cyprus allow them to bypass most sanctions. They’re even making positive noises on their Discord about being able to ship the Wrath physical rewards internationally soon.