Today, Belgian developer Larian Studios announced that the highly-atncipated Divinity Orignal Sin sequel — appropriately titled Divinity Original Sin 2 — is set to launch on PC on September 14, 2017.
Originally supposed to launch in late 2016, Divinity Original Sin 2, as you may know, is a Kickstarter-funded sequel that smashed its $500,000 USD goal: raising over 2 million across more than 42,000 backers.
According to Larian Studios, the game is much larger than its predecessor, “giving players tabletop RPG-like freedom to complete quests and explore a world like no other.” Further, the game promises a darker and more expansive story, set a thousands years after the orignal. In it, you play as renegade user of forbidden magic and will decide who will be the next god of Rivellon and what that god will do with its powers.
The game features five playable races; a new tag system that lets players shape the background and motivations of their characters, from noble elven cannibals to swarthy dwarven outlaws, choice driven quests, relationship building; the ability to go anywhere and kill anyone, 4-player co-op, and of course tactical combat.
Here’s an in-depth overview for those who want to know more:
In a world where the Gods are dead, you play a wielder of forbidden magic, quarantined in the prison colony of Fort Joy. The Magisters of the Divine Order want to “cure” you of your powers. But the Order has secrets of its own. Secrets that threaten everyone. If the world remains godless, chaos will rule. It’s time for a new Divinity.
Choose your race and origin story and see how differently the world reacts. Gather your party and blast your opponents with different elements in deep tactical turn-based combat. Explore the vast and layered world of Rivellon alone or with up to 4 players in drop-in/drop-out cooperative play.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an entirely new experience built on the next-gen Divinity Engine, with a new UI, an all-new art-style, and advanced roleplay systems. Everything that made the original great returns: Go anywhere you want, kill anyone, find endless ways to solve problems and gather your ultimate RPG party.
Choose your origin story. Choose one of the unique origin stories that will define your character’s background and your personal quests. For the first time in a Divinity game, play as a Human, Lizard, Elf, Dwarf, or Undead, each with unique racial skills. Watch the world and its inhabitants react to who you are and what you’ve done, unlocking new dialog options and quest lines. Or create your own story by building your character from the ground up.
More freedom than ever. Go anywhere, talk to anyone, interact with everything and be anyone you want. You can kill any NPC in the game, destroy objects, and use the game’s vast RPG systems to your advantage. Talk to animals and spirits to gain valuable information. Explore the huge , open world to find hours of hidden content, including entire new areas.
New elemental interactions make turn-based combat even better. Combine elements like fire and poison for explosive combos. Bless and Curse surfaces to completely change their properties. Craft new skills and use elevation to your advantage.
A darker and deeper story. Divinity: Original Sin 2 features a darker and more grounded narrative than its award-winning predecessor, while building on Larian’s distinctive tone of voice. This is a godforsaken world. The Void approaches. And desperate times call for desperate measures…
Play with up to 4 players: No other RPG offers 4-player co-op like Divinity:Original Sin 2 does. Your Origin Stories will give you different, often conflicting objectives. Will you cooperate or compete? It’s entirely up to you.
Test your skills in the new PvP Arena Mode. Challenge your friends in fast, satisfying turn-based combat sessions. Take the battle to the multiplayer-tailored Arenas, packed with explosives, loot, and deadly traps.
New technology. Powered by Divinity Engine 3.0, the game features physics-based rendering, cloth physics, and a new dynamic music system. It makes Divinity: Original Sin 2 the most atmospheric Divinity game ever.
Roleplay with friends: New Game Master Mode bridges the gap between the improvisation of a tabletop role-playing session and the immersion of a computer RPG. Easy to use, powerful and flexible.
To accompany today’s release date announcement, Larian Studios is also releasing a new Early Access patch, featuring two never-before-seen areas and a new companion relationship system.Character creation and crafting have also undergone many changes, and a new origin story of a pirate dwarf named Beast has been added. For more information on this patch and all it contains, check out this new update video.
Divinity Original Sin is in development for PC, with Mac, Linux and console ports to possibly come after launch.