Pillars of Eternity 2 official artwork with logo

If you ever wanted to give Pillars of Eternity 2 a try, or just a brand new playthrough, you're in luck as this would probably be the best time to do so. After spending a fair bit of time in beta, the final 5.0 update has now arrived with a variety of improvements, including a brand new and fully-fledged turn-based mode!

Instead of simply slowing down the action and keeping everything else the same, Obsidian has pretty much rebalanced the entirety of the combat system in order to ensure the turn-based mode is more than a simple gimmick. Character abilities are now a lot more impactful, buffs and debuffs are a lot more potent as you can't simply spam them, and some of the previously useless abilities have suddenly become amazing as the combat has shifted towards a more tactical direction. So whether you're a fan of oldschool CRPGs or not, I'd highly recommend checking out the new turn-based mode - it really is quite good!

Besides the turn-based mode, the final update has also added a new ship UI to better facilitate ship-to-ship combat, and there's even a couple of new story-focused interactions with Woedica and Eothas based on community feedback. And if you're looking for a challenge that is not for the feint of heart, you might also want to check out the new Ultimate Challenge as it promises a truly brutal experience.

You can learn more about this update, as well as the Ultimate Challenge itself, over at Steam. Have fun!