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And there it is. 19 years later, Baldur’s Gate is back. Announced during Google’s Stadia pre-E3 live event, Baldur’s Gate 3 is in development at Larian Studios, the same team behind Divinity: Original Sin 2.
It’s actually happening. Divinity: Original Sin 2 developer Larian Studios has updated its website with a mysterious teaser for a presumably imminent game announcement. When you overhaul your website 10 days before E3, it’s safe to say a few assumptions are made.
This latest rumour is coming in hot, but reports are swirling that Baldur’s Gate 3 is in development, some 18 years after Baldur’s Gate II last blew us away with its D&D-based RPG antics.
Nine games have been knocked out and now only three remain. The gloves are well and truly off. It's Assassin's Creed Origins v Divinity: Original Sin 2 v Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in some three-way fisticuffs. Which of these three would look finest with a bow on it though, or just gifted the easy way through Steam? It's the 12 Games of Christmas Grand Final. *Toot the trumpets*.
2017 has been kind to most gamers, and PC gamers have had it especially good. Two games came to the platform as exclusives as blew us away - PUBG and Divinity: Original Sin 2. One is a commercial smash hit, selling in excess of 20 million copies, while the other is a critical darling. Which should you buy this Christmas though? Hmm, that's a difficult one.
Santa Claus is renowned for having one of the most lustrous beards in history. This accounts for his love of such beard stroking delights as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Total War: Warhammer 2. They're the sort of game you want to sip glühwein to next to a roasting hot fire. In short, these PC titans are the perfect games for the Christmas holidays.
After what's felt like an eternity, Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2 has become the game to finally unseat PUBG from its perch atop the Steam bestsellers list. Little wonder either, because the original was fantastic and sequel heads in bigger, better directions with its four-player co-op. As a top down RPG, we've been hoping Divinity: Original Sin 2 is also a friendly game for low-end systems and laptops as well. To put it to the test, we decided to see how a mid to low-range Radeon R7 370 2GB could run D:OS2.
While plenty of RPGs have lately revelled in dumbing down, there’s no such thing going on with Divinity: Original Sin 2 if the latest combat trailer is anything to go by. Larian Studios’ tactical RPG sequel hinges its combat on a sandbox-like approach, utilising the environment and a complex web of spells and skills to turn the tide of battle.
Divinity Original Sin 2 is being built using an enhanced next-gen Divinity Engine, making it improved over the original Original Sin engine. With a new user interface, a new approach to their art-style, and hopefully advanced roleplaying systems. But there is a particular focus on narration. Larian Studios have around 80 voice actors covering the 74,000 lines of Divinity Original Sin 2's script. That's around one million words and 1200 characters. It seems like they are not scared about spending some of the $2 million they earned through just their Kickstarter campaign.
Finally, the AAA season is upon us. That means games, games, games, putting a strain on all our wallets. Here at GD we want to lighten the load a little for one of you though - we're giving away a copy of Destiny 2, Total Warhammer 2 or Divinity: Original Sin 2 to one lucky winner.
At this point, Larian Studios are becoming hands at Kickstarter. Divinity: Original Sin 2’s development has progressed very smoothly indeed, and in the latest Kickstarter update to fans, Larian Divinity: Original Sin 2 is locked in for a September 14th launch.