Paizo recently announced a new game called Starfinder, which to me sounds a bit like “Pathfinder 40k”, but it worked for Warhammer, so why not? People have been wondering if the work on this game might push Pathfinder into the background and that had me thinking about how long this game has been around already.
If you include the playtest versions – which really were complete games in their own right and didn’t change much over the continued development, so I do – It’s been around for 8 years and 3 months. D&D 3rd edition on the other hand had a total lifetime of 7 years and 6 months. Even if you count from the release of the final core rulebook, Pathfinder will have outlived its predecessor by the end of this year.