In celebration of the game’s one year anniversary since being successfully funded on Kickstarter, developer Larian studios has announced a release date for their upcoming RPG. Divinity: Original Sin will release on June 20th, 2014 on PC and Mac.
As well as the launch date announcement, Larian has also issued a mammoth update to the game on Steam Early Access, bringing in a number of new features, enhancements and fixes. The full list of additions is as follows:
- Complete overhaul of loot generation matrix. Expect much cooler treasure.
- Added 135 music tracks, including some all-time favorites from previous Divinity games
- Added a new “Way of the Rogue” ability and a variety of new Rogue skills
- Full overhaul of your Homestead at the End of Time
- You can create different user profiles, so your little brother or sister can play, too.
- Difficulty settings have been added, so players can pick which sort of experience they prefer.
- Added formations, both in turn-based combat and in real-time, for optimal tactical positioning
- All players playing Divinity: Original Sin can now chat with each other, making it easier to form multiplayer groups within the community.
- Added an “Illusionist Mirror” through which you can change your player’s looks in-game
- Replaced “repair” with “blacksmithing” and charm/intimidate/reason abilities by “charisma”
- Amended stats of “Way of the Ranger” skill
- Skill stats now level up with the characters, e.g. a level 1 flare is still useful at level 15.
- Added plenty of new skill visual effects
- Skills now have certain requirements. You can still learn a skill by boosting the relevant ability artificially, but once you lose the boost, you won’t be able to use the skill anymore.
- Full overhaul of all lighting, shading, and zoom. Get up close and personal!
- You can now give commands to each party member independently. Commands will be executed even if you’re focused on another party member.
- Party members avoid traps. Traps can be disarmed with disarm trap kits (an alternative solution to blowing up the trap, which may destroy neighboring objects).
- Journal now tracks the recipes you’ve learned.
- You can switch between party members while trading.
- There is now an interface to assign companions to other players in multiplayer.
- Several stability and performance fixes were made, in addition to loads of bug fixes. Most of the remaining networking issues should be solved now, too.
Divinity: Original Sin takes the series back to its roots with isometric party-based gameplay. Combat is turn-based, while players have the freedom to approach the game how they want to, with a large number of different paths and options to choose from throughout the course of the game. Characters are class-less, allowing you to craft the hero of your dreams. It also features drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer, along with the ability to create your own adventures using the same toolset the developers used to build the game.
Last, but not least, a new gameplay trailer has been released for you to watch, which you can see below.