The crowdfunded title Pillars of Eternity has been sighted with a #gamebreaking #bug. Developer Obsidian is working to issue #fix. So make sure to you do not double-click items to equip them for your character. Simply drag an item into a slot from the inventory screen.
“If you double click an item to equip it to your character, your character loses ALL Passives/Racials/Permanent Buffs, forever. The abilities remain listed in the abilities/talents section, but if they aren’t in active effects, then perhaps you’ve already encountered the bug first hand.” However players may reload an old save and proceed, obviously that forsakes any progress between that save and triggering the bug.
The bug is explained at length in this thread on Obsidian’s official forums. An Obsidian developer replied mentioning a fix for the bug is in the works “trying to make it retroactive, so it will fix any save games that have this problem.”
Should the bug affect party members, removing them from the party and adding them back fixes the problem. Other posts report that passive buffs do not show up, but appear to still be present and working.
Pillars of Eternity released last week, March 26th for Linux, Mac and Windows PC after being delayed to polish and tune the game.