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Divinity: Original Sin could "get you in trouble with your girlfriend"

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As Rich explained when Divinity: Original Sin was announced (opens in new tab) , 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.

"Your choices could get you in trouble with your girlfriend," said Walgrave.

He demonstrated a conversation which took place after the death of an NPC quest character who'd unwittingly slept with a disguised monster. The lead characters each got their say in the case: was she a victim, or was her promiscuity to blame for her fate?

That one's awfully touchy, but the brasher remarks suited the characters and world, and Larian's sense of humor precluded any personal offense. I intend to be completely awful and fall back on "I was just roleplaying, honey."

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.