Divinity: Original Sin II
Divinity: Original Sin II Review
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Divinity: Original Sin II - Console and Other Stuff
We already knew that a console version of Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be coming to us, so that is not the actual news in this posting, but we can't miss the opportunity of Swen telling us this. Next to that this update and video also shows what they are plannig to change to the journal and inventory. And there is news about PAX and the vinyl soundtrack, we already knew about, so I don't know if it counts as news.
And for completness, this is the official announcement trailer.
And if you don't want to watch the videos, here is some text:
Your feedback has always been invaluable to us, and we’re still listening! Its safe to say that your number one request in Divinity: Original Sin 2 was for a better journal, so we’ve been hard at work on just that. Our new and improved journal still won't hold you by the hand, but it will be a more direct and useful tool.
- We’ve shortened the text to make it clear what you are supposed to do.
- We’ve split multiple paths within the same quest into subdivisions.
- When the journal gives you map markers, you can now jump straight from that journal entry to the specific marker on the map screen.
The second biggest request we’ve received is for better inventory management. While we began by looking for ways to tweak the system, we ultimately decided the best idea was to redo it from the ground up.
You’ll soon be able to see your whole party's inventory at-a-glance, and we’ve also added multi-selecting. This will make it easier to bulk-select items to add to your wares or hand over to your teammates.
Larian - Skirting Bankruptcy & Making D:OS2
Founder Swen Vincke picks 1997 as the year when Larian started, and an RTS called LED Wars as the studio’s first game, though there had been some experiments and projects before that. Indeed, one of them, The Lady, the Mage and the Knight, had many of the hallmarks of today’s Original Sin series, 20 years before it made its debut.
“It was an RPG where you controlled three characters and could play in multiplayer,” Vincke explains. “It had all of the values of Ultima VII, which you can recognise today in Original Sin. But we were having a hard time signing it with a publisher, so we decided to make an RTS because everyone was making them and everyone was looking for them. It seemed to be an easy way to make some money.”
Once the Enhanced Edition was finished, work on Original Sin 2 began in earnest, and Larian quickly tripled in size. "Original Sin 2 was the first time where we had sufficient resources to do everything well, and even then we had to scramble," recalls Swen Vincke, Larian’s founder. "We had some growing pains. We grew in one year from 40 people to 130, so that was quite a challenge to manage. We went from one studio in Belgium to four international studios working on the same game."
A lot of the new members of the team hadn't made a game before, including several writers. Vincke wanted to bring in screenwriters from outside Larian to help with dialogue, but they had to learn an entirely new way of doing things.
Divinity: Original Sin II - PS4 & Xbox One this August
@Gamerant Divinity: Original Sin II will be getting a console release for Playstation 4 and Xbox One this August.
Divinity Original Sin 2, which has received just as much critical acclaim as its predecessor, originally released on the PC in September of last year. At the time, there was no confirmation on a console release, though many assumed it may get it, as the first game was ported over to consoles. A trailer released today confirmed it will be heading to PS4 and Xbox One this August.loading...
Larian Studios - Interview with Swen @PCGamer
PCGamer took an opportunity to conduct an audio interview with Swen Vincke during GDC.
Larian's founder Swen Vincke never stops moving towards the next RPG on the horizon. We convinced him to sit still for a few minutes and talk about the success of Divinity: Original Sin 2 and what went right and wrong during development. We also talked about the problem of crunch in game development and how to avoid it, and the loads of RPGs coming out in 2018.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Soundtrack on Vinyl
The soundtrack of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is now available in vinyl and comes with a discount on the game, in case you did not have that one yet. If you visit Pax East, you can also score one there and get it signed as well.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 vinyl soundtrack to release in cooperation with Black Screen Records. Available at PAX East and online.
To celebrate the launch of the soundtrack, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition players will receive a 25% discount coupon for Divinity: Original Sin 2 on Steam
GHENT, Belgium - Larian Studios and German music distributor Black Screen Records have worked in cooperation to produce three versions of the soundtrack to Divinity: Original Sin 2, composed by Borislav Slavov, on a limited pressing.
Each version is pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl, produced in Germany by Optimal Media, and mastered for the format by Christian Bethge at RAMA Tonstudio.
Music aficionados will enjoy three versions:
Each vinyl comes with a free download code for the full digital album.
- Remastered Original Soundtrack Audiophile Edition 180g - a traditional black vinyl for people who still believe color kills sound quality.
- Remastered Original Soundtrack Ltd. Edition 180g Gold Vinyl - a non-traditional gold vinyl for people who believe everything is better in gold.
- Remastered Original Soundtrack Ltd. Edition Red/Black Starburst Vinyl - a demon-enriched nietzschean foray into madness and chaos.
Also included is a piano score of the Main Theme, for anyone itching to get their inner-Bard on.
Each version will be available in April, with pre-orders open on the . Anyone lucky enough to be attending PAX East in Boston will be able to purchase the record directly from Larian Studios themselves, who will be happy to sign as many of them as they can, along with other merchandise available at the show.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Patch 188.8.131.52 is live!
A new patch for Divinity: Original Sin II adds some improvments and fixes many bugs.
We've just released a new patch for you.
With this patch we have delivered some minor tweaks and changes to the game. We've added localization modding support, something a lot of you have asked for. Also, certain characters that were overreacting before, will give you fair warning when reacting to criminal behaviour.
Last but not least, we have added the Game Master Journal feature that will allow the GM to plan a campaign with notes and descriptions of events (visible only to the GM).
For more details about what's in the patch, please check out the patch notes below, and enjoy the game!
Changes and improvements
- Crippling blow no longer hits allies
- Can now force formation when entering combat (formation UI)
- Listening in on another player's dialogue now autoscrolls
- Made puzzle maze portals interactable so that you can click both them and the gargoyle
- Improved physics on pipes and cogs in imp level in COS
- Improved a JumpToTurn story call so it doesn't cause loss of turns in combat
- Improved sound fx on sand storm
- Teleporting party characters outside of combat unchains them
- Certain characters that used to overreact to stealing will now first warn you
- Without pet pal, animals now animate and play sound fx when talked to
- When a character triggers a "stop stealing" dialog, another character can no longer rob the NPC blind without a reaction
- Followers and summons can now use the toggle actions button to perform certain actions
- Fixed the memorised skills interface not updating immediately upon learning new skills
- Fixed an issue related to skills not showing up on the second skillbar depending the used resolution
- Fixed items being added to the skillbar twice when moving them between containers inside the inventory
- Fixed error messages regarding innate skills when pressing the Reset All button in the skills screen
- Fixed overlapping text in the Runes screen for certain items
- Fixed selection of items that have Rune slots when using a controller
- Fixed being able to see items from several players in the Crafting panel under certain conditions
- Fixed an issue related to unequipping two-handed weapons via context menu when using a controller. You can now immediately equip other weapons after doing this
- Added player feedback when trying to start an arena game with only one active team
- The skill bar lock is automatically unlocked when opening the skills panel
- Fixed summons being able to interact with crafting screen, allowing them to use, equip or pickup items
- Fixed sorting functionality in pickpocket interface when using a controller
- Fixed being able to drag other player's portraits around
- Fixed dialog options overlapping in some cases
- Fixed missing recipes after leaving party
Divinity: Original Sin II - RPG Codex Review
The RPG Codex have reviewed Divinity: Original Sin II.
The man with very few cheeses
The character system in DOS1 was one of the more often criticised parts of the game. It had clear problems when it came to the relative usefulness of various statistics, and it just wasn't very interesting or deep. Let us see how DOS2 compares.
Character creation is very basic. You get to create a single character (or a party up to 4 if you're playing in coop with other folks), assign a bunch of stats, pick a talent and three starting skills. Selecting your background is probably the biggest choice, because there's a total of 14 to choose from. 4 of them are basic races (human, dwarf, elf, lizardman), then there are 4 "undead" versions of the basic ones, and finally there are 6 pre-made "origin" characters, with their own additional in-game stories and quirks. Each background also varies in terms of two unique racial abilities. The last thing to choose are your two character "tags" - such as "noble", "scholar", "soldier", etc. - that you can use to further flesh out your protagonist. The tags are primarily used to unlock new dialogue options, but they have a few other uses as well. Tags for origin backgrounds are pre-set and can't be changed.
A word on origin characters - their implementation is a neat idea. Being able to adjust their stats at the start while keeping the potential quest and story benefits given by their pre-written backgrounds is the best of both worlds. It encourages you to dive in for the additional content they may bring without scaring you away with badly-made or unappealing stat profiles. Also, even though you only create one character (if playing solo), you will still be able to add three more to your party, and the odds of them being origin characters are high, since you get them before you are able to create new custom ones. Their builds can be tweaked to your liking even at the point when they are recruited, which lets you adjust your party profile as you see fit, without making story-related concessions.
This is roughly where the positives end when it comes to the character system.
Sadly, Larian's response to criticism regarding character building was making the system even more shallow and uninteresting than it was in the first game. Almost everything in DOS2, every attribute and ability, has been degraded to 5% damage bonuses and hardly anything else.
To start with attributes - there are six of them: Strength, Finesse, Intelligence, Constitution, Memory and Wits. Strength gives +5% melee damage per point and increases weight carrying capacity. Finesse gives +5% ranged damage per point. Intelligence gives +5% magic damage per point. Constitution grants +7% max health per point! How amazing. Memory at least is something different, because it increases your skill memorisation cap - the higher your Memory, the more skills you will be able to use at once without swapping them out of combat. Last we have Wits, which increases crit chance by 1% and initiative by 1 per point. Looks fairly important, but you have no idea how wrong you are, though I will come back to this in the combat chapter.
And that's it. You might be asking yourself, "hey, where's my chance to evade hits? Movement range? Action points? Damage reduction? Saving throws? Hello?" The answer is "just forget them", because they either do not exist at all, or are attached to specific "class" abilities (like Scoundrel) and increase by 1% per point.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Designing Drama
Gamasutra talked to the Systems Designer behind Divinity: Original Sin II's combat system.
The trouble with armor
DOS2’s combat design is a close evolution from 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin, but Larian Studios knew the original had some issues. The team liked the depth of its combat, but felt that it tipped the balance too far towards chaos. The problem was with its armor system.
Armor had the chance of blocking status effects, meaning that if you planned to knock a bunch of enemies out with a stun attack, you didn’t know for sure it’d work in every case. “The good part about this was that every encounter felt different, so when you started a fight it felt fresh. Things went wrong and right in very different ways,” says Pechenin. “But at the same time it really prevented long-term planning, because you didn’t know how many people you’d stun, so you couldn’t predict what you’d do next turn, and because of this you just wouldn’t think about the next turn.”
So one of the big changes to DOS2’s combat design was to its armor system. Rather than absorbing a proportion of incoming damage, armor completely negates it. There are two armor types: physical and magic, which negates any magical attack, including negative status effects. But as these values take damage they’re whittled down, and once gone, the character is left open to losing HP and vulnerable to status effects.
So far, so deterministic, but Larian wanted attacks to retain a ‘spicy’ feeling. The solution was a small variability in incoming damage which may entirely knock armor out, or it may not. “So there’s still some RNG there and you don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but you have a high chance that things will go as you want them to,” says Pechenin. “But at other times the game will throw a curve ball at you and make you scramble to find a new plan.”
Divinity: Original Sin II - Review @ GiN
GiN has reviewed Divinity: Original Sin II:
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is Best PC RPG in Years
I realize that I am really late with this review, given that Larian Studios released Divinity: Original Sin 2 in late September. I have an excuse, though it’s a poor one. I started with this series playing the original Divinity title, and was very underwhelmed. With that one, the first town was extremely confusing as to which direction you were supposed to travel, with certain death and overpowered monsters in every other direction. Plus, the characters were flat, and the story was forgettable. So when I started playing Obsidian Entertainment’s Pillars of Eternity, it was so good that I forgot to go back and give Original Sin 2 a try.
Only, here is the thing, as good as Pillars of Eternity is, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is so much better. In fact, having dived deeply into the main campaign, I can confidently say that I know how I’m voting for RPG game of the year. Divinity: Original Sin 2 captures the magic of PC RPG gaming in a fantastic way. The world is gorgeous. The combat is balanced and extremely tactical. And the storyline is interesting, with engaging main characters and even a great supporting cast.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Patch v184.108.40.2066
Divinity: Original Sin II has received a large patch that makes over 500 changes and improvements.
We've just released a new patch, and it's a big one!
How big? Well, patch 220.127.116.116 is bursting at the seams with over 500 changes and improvements, including massive modifications to skill balancing, on-demand teleportation to waypoints on the map, a new screenshot-friendly mode, and fixes for several achievements.
So check out the patch notes, check out the game, and let us know what you think!
Changes and improvements
- Added fast waypoint travel via the main map. Clicking waypoints now lets you travel to that location directly
- Added map markers for sub-region entrances and exits
- Added a "Toggle Screenshot Mode" button to hide the UI (default: F10)
- Added range value to ranged skill and ranged skill book tooltips
- Added sorting to the trade window
- Added "Sell all wares" option to the controller trade window
- Added highlighting of new recipes to the crafting window
- Improved selection of NPCs that have items right behind them. This should prevent accidentally triggering theft behavior
- GM mode: GM can now set XP gained from monsters
- Updated and fixed several journal entries
Divinity: Original Sin II - Divinity: Into The Abyss
@DSOGaming A new mod has been announced by Abyss Team for Divinity: Original Sin II called Divinity: Into The Abyss. This mod is based upon the events of the main game and may contain spoilers.
The Abyss Team has just detailed a new ambitious mod for Divinity: Original Sin 2, called Divinity: Into The Abyss. Divinity: Into The Abyss is a new campaign that will take the player to a whole new land, add some new systems to the game, improved and customized AI and above all a new R.T.S.(Real Time Strategy) mode where the player gets to create a faction and lead it across the new and some old maps.
Divinity: Original Sin II - Some Mods
PC Gamer made a list of Divinity: Original Sin II mods:
The best Divinity: Original Sin 2 mods
The modding community has just gotten started, but there are already some useful tweaks and add-ons.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an exceptional RPG, but that doesn’t mean mods can’t make it even better. With its robust editing tools and intuitive Game Master mode, expect to see lots of tweaks, new features and entire campaigns in the future. We’ll be updating this list over time, but we’ve already found plenty of helpful mods. Here are the best Divinity: Original Sin 2 mods so far.
- Free pet pal
- Expanded party size
- Infinite spirit vision
- Origin and racial skill books
- Artificer and Bard skills
- Tempest skills
- Chronicles of Divinity map collection
- Void Knight
- Crafting overhaul
Divinity: Original Sin II - Modding Tutorial
A new tutorial on exporting and importing models for Divinity Original Sin II.
- Maya exporter setup: https://docs.larian.game/Setup:_Maya_...
- Maya exporter wiki: https://docs.larian.game/Modding:_May...
- Character Modeling explanation/examples: https://docs.larian.game/My_first:_Ch...
- Item Modeling explanation/examples: https://docs.larian.game/My_first:_Item
- Larian Forums: The Modding Dungeon: http://larian.com/forums/ubbthreads.p...
Divinity: Original Sin II - Game of the Year 2017 @ PC Gamer
Divinity: Original Sin II is PC Gamer's Game of the Year 2017:
Game of the Year 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2
Larian's massive, liberating RPG is a gift to fans of the genre.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is PC Gamer's overall Game of the Year for 2017, as voted for by our global editorial team. The following commentary comes from the game's biggest supporters on staff. Look out for the rest of our awards and staff personal picks at our GOTY hub as we head towards the end of December.
Phil Savage: Was there ever any doubt? Divinity: Original Sin 2 was the obvious Game of the Year choice. It's a massive, sprawling RPG for one thing. But more than that, it embraces the chaotic, player-driven nature of all of PC Gamer's GOTY picks for the last few years. Original Sin 2's element-focused combat system is a revelation, giving you scope for wildly inventive, unpredictable solutions. Its fights are a test of wit, and often result in bewildering chain reactions. Whether you're electrifying someone's blood, or combining spells to kill a boss by doing an absurd amount of damage to yourself, experimentation is not only allowed, but rewarded.
Larian Studios - People of the Year
GamesIndustry call Larian Studios its people of the year in this interview with Swen Vincke about the success of Divinity: Original Sin II.
Ultimately, that chapter of Larian's story ended well. Divinity: Original Sin was a hit, selling 500,000 units in less than three months, with the studio collecting a larger share of the revenue than with any previous entry in the series. With Divinity: Original Sin II, though, in its 20th year as a studio, Larian achieved an entirely different level of commercial success, hitting that same 500,000 unit milestone in just four days after it launched in September, and passing 1 million sold just over a week ago.
"We had a bumpy ride in our history, and you need to have a bit of luck," Vincke says, speaking to GamesIndustry.biz about the company's selection for People of the Year 2017. "We had a bit with Original Sin, and we had a bit with Original Sin II also.
"Original Sin was a hit, and Original Sin II has sold a lot faster than the first one. But you never know what your competitors are doing. There could have been somebody that came out with the same genre of game, the same type of mechanics, but executed a lot better. You never know about that."