What is the average PC hardware that developers use now, we ask Owlcat Games devs
By Stuart Thomas on May 9th, 2021 at 11:00am - original article from game-debate

We mentioned a few days ago about the new Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous roleplaying game by Owlcat Games moving into its phase 2 beta. And while we had a great chat and look at the new Beta build with the developers, during a recent event, we put a few extra questions to the guys over at Owlcat. 

These additional questions will give us a little inside taste of the developer hardware setup and what established indie game developers are using to build their games on in 2021.

And we also ask about what OwlCat games have in store for the players in terms of the graphical overhaul people might expect between with this new version of the game, especially when compared to their previous Pathfinder Kingmaker title.

You can also take a look at our full Q&A with Owlcat Games about Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous.

Ok so lets move into our developer hardware and best graphics options FAQ interview with Owlcat   

Q1. What game engine are you using to build Wrath of the Righteous and have you made any in-house modifications to the game engine to help you achieve your ideal player experience, especially since Kingmaker?

ANSWER: We still use Unity as our game engine. It is a newer, updated version compared to Kingmaker, of course.


Q2. Have there been any significant graphical improvements to Wrath compared to Kingmaker?

ANSWER: Yes, there are a lot.

  • The models look more detailed
  • Textures have been upgraded
  • There is a new dynamic lighting system that has been implemented
  • The game now has screen space reflections implemented to various types of surface
  • The weather effects look more realistic and more varied
  • The plants have their own physics model
  • Creatures you are fighting can be dismembered and more (we presume when he says "more" he is referring to the fact that with super powerful hits your enemy can literally explode)
  • Also, this time around you can rotate the camera to get the best angle on what is happening on screen.

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Q3. What type of PC system will likely be required to get Wrath of the Righteous running at Ultra 4K settings @60FPS?

ANSWER: We have our target gaming machine specs we are aiming at, to deliver a smooth experience to as many PC players as possible. We will have to see together what kind of system will handle 4K @ 60 fps when the optimization and polishing process is complete.

[So currently they are still in Beta and haven't locked down the game performance optimizations fully yet. We here at Game-Debate noticed certain game slow downs during, seemingly nontaxing parts of the game, even though we are running a Intel Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz with 16GB RAM and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. BUT following a big patch that rolled out on the 6th May those issues seemed to have disappeared. Wrath isnt out fully until September, so plenty of time to add all the polish.] 


Q4. Are there any specific graphics options that you are particularly pleased with how they look on Ultra?

ANSWER: According to our development pipeline, we approach the Ultra graphics options at the final stage of development, when the optimization is almost done. During that stage we decide what extra options might be left for the mega machines capable of running the game on Ultra i.e. occlusion shadows become less blurry, or character textures get extra high resolution and so on. I can’t choose a specific option that is done better than others on Ultra – it is the overall visuals that matter.

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Q5. If you were speaking to someone who was about to play Wrath for the first time... What would be your main piece of advice to the player?

ANSWER: If that specific player doesn’t know the Pathfinder rules, I would advise paying extra attention to the character creation: keep an eye on the hints about the strengths and weaknesses of each specific class or select the pre-built character. A poor choice at this point may hurt your experience a lot.


Q6. Which graphics option would you insist they put up to Max?

ANSWER: I would prefer not to give that kind of advice for the moment, before the game is fully optimized for the target specs.


Q7. What graphics card and hardware setup does your developer team currently develop Wrath of the Righteous PC game with?

ANSWER: Our average developer system specs are Intel 7700K or similar, GeForce GTX1060, 24GB RAM, and 1TB SSD.

Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous Dismemberment

So some nice extra insights into the development of Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous and the hardware and systems they are using to develop on.  

Another cool feature that was mentioned about Wrath, is that the PCs will now be able to ride on animals and use them as their own mounts. These mounts will also be their animal companions, so a Ranger might be able to have a companion that they can ride into battle, like perhaps a giant boar. 

We are currently playing our way through the Pathfinder Beta 2 and so far enjoying what we have seen. The full game releases on September the 2nd, on Steam and GoG.