You may have been wondering what we’ve been up to since our last update, but wonder no more! We’re back with a very exciting announcement for you today, so let’s get right to it.
Music to your Ears
Last year we lost Kirill Pokrovsky, a brilliant composer and dear friend. While Kirill will be a part of every game we make, the time has come to pass the mantle to another musical genius. Since our ambitions for the music in Divinity:Original Sin 2 are very high, it took a while but today we’re happy to report that we found the perfect fit for the job.
Today, we would proudly like to introduce you to Borislav “Bobby” Slavov!
Bobby is an award-winning video game composer and music director, having played and composed for Knights of Honor, Two Worlds II, WorldShift, Gothic 3, and most recently, Crysis 2, Crysis 3, and Ryse: Son of Rome.
Apart from his credentials as a music director, Bobby’s work on adaptive music in video games was a thing that really caught our attention. He’s developed novel techniques to ensure that music evolves in real time according to players’ actions and decisions in the game. In Divinity: Original Sin 2 his plan is to take this to the next level and we can honestly say that our jaws dropped when he told us what he wants to do. Very cool stuff!
Bobby also has a lot of experience with live recordings of his music and has made it his hobby to collect music instruments wherever he goes.
We’re thrilled to work with Bobby, and we think you’re going to love his music — we already do!
Lullaby and The Aria of The Frying Pan
You may squeak and squawk in real life, but in Divinity: Original Sin 2 you’ll be able to sing like an angel — if you pick the Bard Skill Tree, of course. We are back with another poll to Choose a Skill Tree. After the last poll, we (and by ‘we’ we mean ‘only David’) were shocked to find that you picked the Polymorph skill tree over Bard.
But we still need you to pick a second skill tree, so get ready to vote again!. Log in to your Larian Vault account and let us know which from the list below you would like to see in the game:
- Trap Master
- Unarmed Combatant
- Summoning Master
More about Rewards!
While you’re in the Larian Vault, we’ll need a little information in order to get you your rewards.
If it’s your first time there, create a Larian Vault account and in the menu, click on the “Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter” shortcut to link your Kickstarter or Paypal pledge to your Larian Vault account. Complete the information we need by clicking on “Your Choices & Input”.
– If you have a physical tier, i.e. a tier with rewards that need to be sent to you, or if you have a physical add-on, don’t forget to fill in (or update!) your home address. In the menu, this is under “Your Account”.
– If you pledged to have your name in the credits: Fill in the name you want to see in the credits. (This will only be delivered when the game comes out.)
– If you’re waiting for a Kickstarter Badge on the Forums: Fill in the email address you use to log in to the Larian forums. (The badge will not automatically appear in the forum. The badges are still being made and the process to assign the badges is a manual one, but the more email addresses we have, the faster we can start doing this!)
– If you ordered a Bellegar Handwritten Poem: Fill in the topic you want Bellegar to rhyme about. Keep it rated T for Teen, please.
– If you got a Divine Order Hoodie: Choose the size of your hoodie!
LARIAN WILL CONTACT YOU IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE REWARDS:
– High Ranking NPC
– Portrait in the Game
– Portrait in the Game (framed and signed)
– Wall of Heroes
If you have not done so already, go to the Larian Vault where we organize and gather all the data we need to fulfill your pledge.
Travel, Panels, and RPGs
In the next 2 months, you’ll be able to meet us in the UK. Swen will be talking about Larian and RPGs at PC Gamer Weekender on the 5th and 6th of March. He’ll appear on a panel each day at 14:00 and will talk about development on Divinity: Original Sin 2, said to be one of the most promising RPG’s coming in 2016 😉
We’ll also be attending EGX Rezzed in London from 7th to 9th of April – this will be live-streamed and we’ll let everybody know where to watch it when the time draws nearer.
We would love to see you there – be sure to come by and say hi!
Larian in Steam Lunar New Year Sale
Are you missing any Larian titles from your collection? Right now in the Lunar New Year Sale on Steam you can get 40% off Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition and up to 85% off our other titles, including Divinity: Dragon Commander!
For those who want a detailed breakdown of our polls, here’s all of that delicious data in pie form:
Gender – This big, blue pac man is something that continues to surprise and concern us. There’s been quite a lot of discussion about this on Swen’s blog (which he needs to update!) and the numbers here are in line with the ones discussed there.
Fav Games – It’s great to see that you have a wide range of tastes in RPGS! It’s just a shame to see that 97% of you are wrong – Ultima VII is clearly the best RPG ever!
Purchases per year – It’s reassuring to know that we’re amongst our own kind, with most of you buying quite a few games. (And if your Steam library is looking a little thin, most of our games are up to 85% off right now!)
Combat Type – There seems to be a pretty close split between turn-based and real-time with pause. Either way, we’re glad to see you take time to consider your strategies!
Decisive Factor – This one annoyed us. It’s great that word of mouth is the biggest named decisive factor, but we really want to know what “Something Else” is. Let us know what you think in the comments below?
Most Important in an RPG – Our writers are thrilled to know that 75% of you think Story and Character Development are most important in an RPG. We gave them 30 seconds to enjoy that feeling, and then told them to get back to writing dialog.
Pick a Skill Tree – Oh hey, you picked Polymorph as our first skill tree! What a shock. But what’s next? Will this be the Bard’s swansong? Will the Alchemists be able to cook up a surprise for us all? All bets are on Summoning Master which proved to be the most popular one last time.
Torment: Tides of Numenera
Our friends at inXile released their highly anticipated new title on Early Access. We cant recommend it enough – if you have played the cult classic Planescape: Torment, you’ll love its successor. And if you’re a fan of any sort of RPGs, this is sure to interest you.
Consortium: The Tower
We backed Interdimensional Games’ first project, CONSORTIUM, and now they are back on Kickstarter to build the budget for a direct sequel. They are describing it as “the original Deus Ex meets Die Hard, and the ultimate single player first-person immersive sim.”
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
The latest RPG from Harebrained Schemes has recently been enhanced with an Extended Edition featuring turn-based combat, new story, and developer audio commentary, all for 50% off on Steam during the Lunar New Year Sale!