DIVINITY:ORIGINAL SIN II

  • Divinity: sin II is a role-playing computer game developed and published by Larian Studios. The sequel to 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin, it was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in August 2018, for macOS in January 2019, and Nintendo Switch in September 2019. 
  • The game was a critical and commercial success, with it selling over a million copies in two months and being cited as one of the best role-playing games of all time, with praise given to its combat complexity and interactivity.
  • The Divine is dead. The Void approaches. And the powers lying dormant within you’re soon to awaken. The battle for Divinity has begun. Choose wisely and trust sparingly; darkness lurks within every heart.
  • Who will you be?

A flesh-eating Elf, an Imperial Lizard or an Undead, risen from the grave? Discover how the planet reacts differently to who or what you are.

  • It’s time for a new Divinity!

Gather your party and develop relationships together with your companions. Blast your opponents in deep, tactical, turn-based combat. Use the environment as a weapon, use height to your advantage, and manipulate the weather themselves to seal your victory.

  • Ascend because the god that Rivellon so desperately needs.

Explore the vast and layered world of Rivellon alone or during a party of up to 4 players in drop-in/drop-out cooperative play. Go anywhere, unleash your imagination, and explore endless ways to interact with the planet. Beyond Rivellon, there’s more to explore within the brand-new PvP and Game Master modes.

  • Choose your race and origin. Choose from 6 unique origin characters with their own backgrounds and quests, or create your own as a person’s, Lizard, Elf, Dwarf, or Undead. All choices have consequences.
  • Unlimited freedom to explore and experiment. Go anywhere, talk to anyone, and interact with everything! Kill any NPC without sacrificing your progress, and speak to each animal. Even ghosts could be hiding a secret or two…
  • The next generation of turn-based combat. Blast your opponents with elemental combinations. Use height to your advantage. Master over 200 skills in 12 skill schools. But beware – the game’s AI 2.0 is our most devious invention so far.
  • Up to 4 players online and split-screen multiplayer. Play together with your friends online or in local split-screen with full controller support.
  • Game Master Mode: Take your adventures to the subsequent level and craft your own stories with the sports Master Mode. Download fan-made campaigns and mods from Steam Workshop.
  • 4K Support: an Ultimate 4K experience pushing RPGs into a replacement era!

Gameplay

As with Divinity: sin, players can play solo or with up to 3 others in their party. Several pre-made characters with backstories are available to the player. Players also are ready to create a custom character and choose their stats, race, gender, and origin story at the beginning of the sport. Unlike the first game, players also are given the likelihood to make an undead character of 1 of the available races. They can recruit up to 3 companions to help them although mods within the Steam Workshop exist which increases the utmost number of party companions. Companions in your party are fully playable, and can potentially have different interactions with the environment and NPCs than the player character. Players are able to split up and individually control their party members, leading to potentially complex battle tactics and role-playing opportunities. The game features both online and native multiplayer modes, both competitive and cooperative. A skill crafting system allows players to combine and alter their skills. The game also features a competitive multiplayer mode, where players are divided into two different teams and fight against each other in an arena map.

Plot

The game is about the phantasy world of Rivellon, centuries after Divinity: sin. Living beings on Rivellon have a sort of energy referred to as Source, and individuals called Sourcerers can manipulate Source to cast spells or enhance their combat abilities. The Seven Gods of Rivellon had given up some of their collective Source power and infused it into an individual, Lucian, referred to as the Divine, who used his powers to hold back the Void. However, Lucian died before the start of the game, which weakened the Veil between the Void and Rivellon, and monstrous creatures of the Void, guided by the God-King, their dark deity, have begun to invade Rivellon. These Voidwoken are drawn to the utilization of Source, then a corporation called the Divine Order is persecuting Sourcerors.

At the beginning of the sport, the player character, a Sourcerer, is captured by the Divine Order and sent to an island prison referred to as Fort Joy. On the thanks to Fort Joy, a big Kraken Voidwoken attacks and sinks the ship, but the player character is saved from drowning by a mysterious voice, who calls the player “Godwoken”.

On Fort Joy, the Godwoken witnesses the brutal regime of the Divine Order, led by Lucian’s son Alexandar and his enforcer Dallis. Sourcerors at Fort Joy are “purged” of their Source, turning them into mindless husks. The Godwoken also learns of a tyrannical Sourcerer king called Braccus Rex, who had died around 1000 years ago. The Godwoken escapes the fortress and visits the Hall of Echoes, the realm of the Seven Gods, where they encounter one among the Seven. God explains that they rescued the Godwoken from drowning, which the weakened Veil has allowed the Void to enter Rivellon, draining the Gods’ powers. The God urges the Godwoken to become subsequent Divine and twiddling my thumbs the Void. The Godwoken then escapes from the island.

The Godwoken sails to the island of Reaper’s Coast. There, they expand their Source powers. Encountering their God again, they’re directed to the Well of Ascension, where they’re going to be ready to absorb enough Source to become Divine. The Godwoken also learns that Dallis has excavated the Aeteran, an artifact able to purge infinite amounts of Source. Additionally, the Godwoken meets Aeterna, an immortal being who claims she is a member of a race called Eternals, the original inhabitants of Rivellon. She explains that the Seven Gods were Eternals who craved the power to rule as gods. To this end, the Seven betrayed the other Eternals and banished them to the Void, and created the mortal races of Rivellon. Draining large amounts of Source from the races, they became supremely powerful.

The Godwoken sails to the Nameless Isle, where the Well of Ascension is located. There, they learn that the Eternals in the Void have become the Voidwoken, and the Eternals’ former king has become the God-King. The God-King and the Voidwoken intend to return to Rivellon and reclaim their rightful home. The Godwoken reaches the Well, but before they can become Divine, Dallis appears and destroys the Well with the Aeteran. The Godwoken’s failure enrages their God, who attacks them, but the Godwoken defeats them.

The Godwoken pursues Dallis to the Tomb of Lucian, in the city of Arx, and finds Lucian alive within. Lucian reveals that he faked his death and hid in his tomb and that he, not the Void, has been draining Source from the Seven. Lucian intends to purge all Source from Rivellon and use it to permanently seal the Veil, to bring peace to the world. Dallis, secretly an Eternal, has been aiding Lucian. To this end, she has resurrected Braccus Rex, who has been serving Dallis as Vredeman.

Braccus Rex breaks free of Dallis’s control and summons the Kraken to attack the Godwoken, Lucian, and Dallis. After Braccus Rex is defeated, the ending varies depending on player choice: the Godwoken can become the next Divine, purge all Source from Rivellon, release the Source and the powers of Divinity to the world, or allow the God-King to return to Rivellon, restoring the land to Eternal rule.

Development

The game was first announced on August 12, 2015. It was announced that the game would launch on Kickstarter on August 26. The game reached its $500,000 goal on Kickstarter in less than 12 hours. Some of the stretch goals were reached before they were even announced. In the end, all of the available stretch goals were met, with over 2 million dollars collected in total. Larian announced that the company decided to head to Kickstarter again because they wanted the opinions from the community when developing the game, as well as allowing them to further expand the vision they originally had for this game. The game’s music was composed by Borislav Slavov, who replaced former series composer, Kirill Pokrovsky, who died in 2015.

The game was released for early access for Microsoft Windows on September 15, 2016, and was fully released on September 14, 2017. Despite a power outage in Ghent on the day of launch, the location of Larian’s development studio, the game was successfully released and had a concurrent player count of 75,000 within a week, becoming one of the most played games on Steam at the time. In addition to a free “enhanced edition” update for owners of the original game, it was also released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by Bandai Namco Entertainment on August 31, 2018. It was also released for macOS on January 31, 2019, and for the Nintendo Switch on September 4, 2019.

Sales and critics

Divinity: Original Sin II received “universal acclaim”, according to review aggregator Metacritic. Multiple critics and publications considered the game to be one of the best role-playing games (RPGs) of all time. Rick Lane of Eurogamer considered it a “masterpiece”, thinking it would be many years before he could play another RPG that was even close to being “that rich with choice and charisma”. Adam Smith of Rock, Paper, Shotgun thought that few games allowed players to take part in better tales than Original Sin II.Leif Johnson of IGN highly praised the stories, quests, tactical combat, and replayability, calling it one of the all-time greats of the RPG genre. GameSpot gave it a perfect 10/10 score, becoming only the 14th game in the publication’s history to achieve that. Mike Williams of US Gamer called it the “pinnacle” of the computer role-playing game (CRPG) genre, praising its characters, role-playing options, environments, and combat.Janine Hawkins of Polygon was less positive than most, calling it “stunningly ambitious”, but that it failed to “pull all its pieces together”.

A month after release, the game sold over 700,000 copies, with over a million sold by November 2017. The game was nominated for “Best Role-Playing Game” at The Game Awards 2017, and for “Best Narrative Design” and “Best Adventure/Role-Playing Game” at the Titanium Awards;it was also nominated for “Game of the Year” and “Best Story”, and was a runner-up for best PC game and best RPG at IGN’s Best of 2017 Awards. The game also received a nomination for “Best PC Game” at Destructoid’s Game of the Year Awards 2017. The staff of PC Gamer voted it as their game of the year for 2017, where it was also nominated for the “Best Co-Op Game” award. The staff of GameSpot voted it as their fifth-best, while Eurogamer ranked it 11th on their list of the “Top 50 Games of 2017”.Readers and staff of Game Informer gave it the “Best PC Exclusive”, “Best Turn-Based Combat”, and “Best Side-Quests” awards, and also placed it second for the “Best Co-op Multiplayer” award. The game was also nominated for “Role-Playing Game of the Year” at the D.I.C.E. Awards, for “Game Engineering” and “Game, Franchise Role Playing” at the NAVGTR Awards, and for “Best Sound Design for an Indie Game” and “Best Music for an Indie Game” at the Game Audio Network Guild Awards; and won the award for “Multiplayer” at the 14th British Academy Games Awards. It was also nominated for “Music Design” and “Writing or Narrative Design” at the 2018 Develop Awards. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were nominated for “Best RPG” at the 2018 Game Critics Awards, and won the award for “Best Role-Playing Game” at Gamescom 2018, whereas its other nomination was for “Best Strategy Game”.

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