Players have been able to get a taste of Divinity: Original Sin 2 through Steam Early Access for quite some now, but the main thing the Early Access build succeeds at is making us want to play the final version even more. That time is drawing nearer, as Larian Studios’ highly anticipated sequel will be available in its complete glory on September 14 of this year. Taking place roughly a thousand years after the original, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is attempting the incredibly ambitious feat of surpassing the standard of excellence set by the original.
“Divinity: Original Sin 2 promises a darker and more expansive story than its predecessor. Set a thousand years after the original, Divinity: Original Sin 2 puts players in the role of a renegade user of forbidden magic. Our heroes will decide who will be the next god of Rivellon and what that god will do with its powers.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 expands on the player freedom that made 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin so much fun. Divinity: Original Sin 2 features five playable races and a new tag system that lets players shape the background and motivations of their characters, from noble elven cannibals to swarthy dwarven outlaws. Each choice you make shapes the world, impacting how you complete quests, solve problems, and build relationships – go anywhere, take anything, and kill anyone, but be careful of the repercussions!
Divinity: Original Sin 2 breaks new ground in what players expect from role playing in their RPGs, featuring 4-player co-op through which players can compete or cooperate to reach their goals. The new relationship system provides more nuance to character interactions, as individuals will have their own objectives and priorities based on their background and race. Whether you choose to balance your party’s individual goals for the greater good or fight to make sure you always get your way, character relationships play a major role in determining how players advance through the world.
Tactical combat returns in Divinity: Original Sin 2, with even more elemental interactions and powerful skills opening up new strategic considerations. Divinity: Original Sin 2 introduces a new spellcrafting system that lets players combine spells to create powerful and unexpected results. New combat skills give the less magically-inclined plenty of strategic options to influence the fight. Also, for the first time in a Divinity RPG, it is possible to challenge other players to PvP combat in demanding arena battles.”
A final verdict on a game’s quality cannot be rendered until the finished product is released, but early impressions of Divinity: Original Sin 2 indicate that fans of the original can be optimistic about the sequel. Hardcore Gamer previews can be viewed here and here.