Divinity: Original Sin might be the most RPG-ish name ever committed to a game. It's an almost dangerously generic fantasy title, to the point that, if the developers ever release an expansion called "Awakening", we may hit Bland Armageddon. Hellish administrators will swarm the Earth, enslaving humanity with obtuse paperwork and Toploader CDs. Hopefully they won't do that, because otherwise, their game would appear to be quite good - as evidenced by both Craig's Early Access report and this new trailer.
Divinity: Original Sin
Welcome to the early access report, a regular round-up looking at the most interesting early access games of the moment. Here we try new alphas and revisit old ones to separate the promising gems from the bug-ravaged time wasters.
This week Early Access brought me to the shores of Divinity: Original Sin, an RPG that's so promising that it pains me that I've walked its sandy beaches before it's complete. I left those shores on the good ship Pixel Piracy, which is a fine example of a cute Early Access title. Wrapping up, I crashed my boat into the half-formed island of Final Rush, and found unfriendly robots in a game that needs a few more updates to justify itself. Sails up. Onwards!
The Divinity games, if not exactly classics, are pretty lovable in a scrappy, lighthearted sort of way. With Divinity: Original Sin we can add 'ambitious' to that list. Also 'co-op', 'highly interactive' and, for the first time, 'turn-based' - Sin is a little different to the Diablo-esque clicky clicky nature of the first two games. If you're itching to get your hands on the isometric RPG, you'll be pleased to hear that it's now materialised on Steam Early Access. £30/$40 is the price of early admission, the current (alpha) build comprising 15 hours of co-op fantasy adventure.
The Kickstarter for co-op enabled, isometric RPG Divinity: Original Sin has concluded with a bit shy of $950,000 raised. Factoring in donations from all sources, such as PayPal, Larian Studios has passed $1 million and met every announced stretch goal. Said goals include a full orchestral score, expanded NPC companion depth, and a player homestead.
In the words of Hannibal from The A-Team: "I love it when a plan comes together." Larian Studios' Kickstarter for Divinity: Original Sin has crossed the $400,000 threshold with 16 days remaining. The company's upcoming fantasy role-playing game which will feature single and co-op gameplay for up to four players.
Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin, first seen in May last year, is founder Sven Vincke’s homage to his favorite game—Ultima 7—and “an RPG that would give people the same feeling I had when I played that game.” It shows it, too, from its top-down angles and turn-based battles much akin to its predecessor Divine Divinity. It’s set to release in the coming months, but a last-moment Kickstarter campaign seeks an extra $400,000 from backers to expand Larian’s development team to better work on the game.
As Rich explained when Divinity: Original Sin was announced, Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke wanted to create an RPG he could play with his girlfriend, and dialog is important to that shared experience. In co-op, the two protagonists converse with NPCs using separate dialog options, and disagreements are solved with dice rolls in the background.
At E3, Producer David Walgrave showed me another type of dialog: topical conversations between the protagonists. If you play with a significant other, you may want to watch what you say.
Divinity: Original Sin has been announced by Belgium's Larian Studios. It's an isometric RPG inspired by Ultima VII, having jettisoned the third person viewpoint of Divinity II: Ego Draconis. It's closer in style to the studio's first game, Divine Divinity: so close in fact that Original Sin will end where 2002's Divine Divinity sets off. So close that Larian head Swen Vincke told me that he wanted to make Original Sin specifically to "address frustrations with Divine Divinity."
But this is more than a remake. Divine Divinity looks like a much prettified version of top-down roleplayers like Neverwinter Nights, but Larian are adding some advancements: both modern, in a dedicated co-op story, and older, in turn-based combat. We've got more details below.