Update 101: Update 2.02 is Live

Update by Brandon Adler, Lead Producer

Hey, everyone. The Eternity team is currently hard at work on the second part of The White March, but that doesn't mean we don't have time for updates and fixes for Pillars of Eternity and the first part of The White March! In this backer update we will share some of the fixes that have gone into 2.02, show off some cool swag, and let you know about some novels by a couple Obsidianites. In future updates we will discuss some of the things we are doing for the second part of The White March.

Update 2.02

Not only does Update 2.02 introduce some important fixes for the game, but we have even added in GOG Galaxy achievement support for you achievement hunters.

The update is currently live on Steam and will be live on Origin shortly. GOG updates should be live within a day.

Check out some of the changes below:

Major Fixes

  • GOG Galaxy achievements now work.
  • A party member using a movement speed modifying item now should walk at the same speed as the rest of the party outside of combat.
  • Added more optimizations for save and load.
  • Fixed an issue where some players were not able to talk to the Steward of Caed Nua to start The White March quest lines.
  • Fixed issues with Respec not working correctly with some edge case abilities and talents.
  • Fixed some problems that were being reported with self-targeting abilities (Like Frenzy).
  • Fixed problems with chanters not being able to set their chants properly after they have retrained.


  • All Summoned weapons are now considered universal weapon type.
  • Fixed a number of issues with Nature's Bounty.


  • Soulbound weapons are properly unbound when the bound soul dies.
  • Fixed issue where weapon switching recovery could go negative.
  • Draining Item Mod should only drain 15% attack speed now.
  • Shadowflame from Ninguath's Grimiore is now 4th level.
  • Removed enchantment cost of the Cumbersome item mod.
  • Lowered the enchantment cost for Spellstriking Confuse and Spellstriking Thrust of Tattered Veil.


  • Small Balance changes to the Alpine and Sky Dragon attacks.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the Devil of Caroc's reactivity in the soul awakening quest.
  • The Hunter's Favor should properly resolve if Thyrsc and Suldrun are killed before completion.
  • Stronghold attacks can now happen if the player level is over 13.
  • Caroc and Zahua now have a place in the stronghold.
  • Alpine Dragon is now set to never gib.
  • Vamrel's conversation will only fire once now.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Quick items on the ability bar are now sorted by slot.
  • Afflictions display like other status effects on the party bar.
  • Fix a number of hotkey binding issues and bugs.
  • Accuracy for Bestiary entries now account for stances and shields.
  • Fixed a problem with Accuracy being reported incorrectly until the party enters combat.

Hey, where'd you get that shirt?

As some of you saw in our last update, DRKN has produced some cool Pillars-inspired shirts and sweatshirts.

Recently, Obsidian's order came in from DRKN and we had some fun posing for the camera.

If you didn't get a chance to grab one last time there is still hope! Just head over there and grab yourself some of that Pillars swag.

Novels by Obsidianites

A while back we introduced you guys to some novels by Carrie Patel (Narrative Designer, Pillars of Eternity) and Andrew Rowe (Systems Designer, Armored Warfare).

If you enjoyed those books we have some really good news, Carrie's second book in her Recoletta series is now available.

Cities and Thrones: Recoletta Book 2

From Carrie:

Revolution transforms the city of Recoletta. The new leaders dethrone the old oligarchs, open up the secret archives, and establish a new government based on change and transparency.

Months later, Recoletta is in shambles, the farming communes have revolted, and neighboring cities scheme against the crippled behemoth.

Inspector Liesl Malone, now chief of police, must protect her city from black market barons, violent insurgents, and the excesses of her new government. Meanwhile, Jane Lin has fled to the city of Madina, where she learns of a plot to crush Recoletta. Jane must decide whether—and how—to save her old city from her new home.

Cities and Thrones is the sequel to the critically acclaimed novel The Buried Life, and it's available in bookstores now.

If you are interested in the series you can also find the first book here.

Forging Divinity

If you didn't get a chance to pick up Andrew's book, Forging Divinity, the first time, now's your chance.

From Andrew:

Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality.

Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.

Rescuing the prisoner would require risking her carefully cultivated cover - but his execution could mean the end of everything Lydia holds dear.

If you are interested, head over to Amazon and pick up a copy.

That's it for now. Look for our next update that will talk a bit more about The White March: Part II.