It only took half a day for it to reach its $500,000 crowdfunding goal, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 finished its Kickstarter campaign in grand fashion yesterday afternoon. Hitting the $2,000,000 mark with just an hour to go, backers unlocked all of the remaining stretch goals to deliver a much larger (and freer) experience than Larian Studio originally planned.
Along with the improvements promised in the initial pitch, such as deeper character creation, an upgraded dialogue system, and the inclusion of a crafting skill, a host of new additions have now been confirmed for the isometric turned based RPG. Here’s the list:
- Chris Avellone joins the team as a writer.
- Strategist Mode – a new mode “to put the tactical abilities of even the most seasoned veterans to the test.”
- The Undead as a playable race.
- The Hall of Echoes – a new playable area in the land of the dead.
- Love & Hate relationships – adding even deeper roleplaying experiences, including romance options.
- New Racial abilities, new skill trees, and dedicated mod support.
- Game Master Mode – Allowing players to create their own dungeons on the fly while others play the game.
The final stretch goal is certainly the most interesting new addition of the lot, which Larian Studio describing it as “something that goes far beyond anything else we’ve tried in a Divinity game.” I suspect old-school Pen-and-Paper RPGers will be rubbing their hands with glee at what they might be able to dream up, be it a personalised narrative or just a room filled with never-ending waves of gigantic spiders. Ugh.
While the Kickstarter campaign may be over, Larian Studio has teamed up with GOG.com to get the community to design characters which will be added to the game. You can check out what’s involved by heading over to the GOG website.
It’s also worth mentioning that Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition will be releasing later this month on PC, PS4 and Xbox One if you have yet to play it. Don’t worry if you already own the game, as you’ll get upgraded to the Enhanced Edition free of charge, meaning you won’t miss out on “controller support with split-screen play, full voice-overs, reworked visuals, new quests and characters, and even a rewritten story with a different ending.” Considering how highly we rated Divinity: Original Sin, we expect the Enhanced Edition to make a great game even greater.