Update # 27: PAX, Early Access, Sales, and your Reading List!
The wind echoes through the abandoned dungeon. This place looks like it may have been a great hall once, but the cavern is vaster than any feasting house you've ever seen. You wonder what calamity could have brought such a great civilisation so low.
Your leather boots send clouds of dust twisting into the air as you swing your torch before you. All around are faded banners written in a script that seems familiar, but the words are utterly alien. You wonder what kind of person would run a net, or what fantasy is truly final? However, this must have been a place for great leaders to come and discuss their realms. At every turn you see signs proclaiming their pax.
As you press deeper into the cavern, something crunches beneath your boot. You reach a mailed hand down and find several decorative pins. The text has faded, but as you squint in the gloom you can make out "Don't Get Mad, Get Elven."
Another is inscribed with "It's Finger Clickin' Good."
You turn another over in your hand and read-
Hi, welcome to Kickstarter Update #27!
It's been a pretty crazy week for us, and it's only going to get crazier. Check out what we've been doing at Pax West, and what's coming up.
As you’ll see in the video above, we had a great time at PAX West. Our Arena Mode really kept the crowds happy, with 1536 matches played. We noticed a few people sneaking back for third and fourth plays … even though the queue was 45 minutes long. Dedication!
Naturally, not everyone that came to our booth ended up in the arena. Some of the Kickstarter backers got to play through part of the campaign, with our devs acting as their personal guides. We got some incredible feedback, so now we're more excited than ever to hear what you think on the 15th!
Early Access Twitch Stream on September 14th!
Before we dive into early access, we’ll be streaming some of the highlights that you can look forward to and taking your questions in a three hour Devline. We'll be showing you a lot of stuff you haven't seen before, including something that you've been asking for for a long time.
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition On SALE!
To celebrate our Early Access launch next week, we’ll be cutting the price of Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition in half on Steam. The sale goes live later today, and will run until Divinity: Original Sin 2 Early Access launches.
Don’t Forget Early Access!
Don’t forget - even though the game isn’t available for download yet, you can claim your game keys right now!
Warning: This is your key for Early Access AND the full game. If you give this key to anyone else, then they'll get the full game at release.
Warning: The game is currently available on Steam only. If you claim a Steam key now you can NOT swap it for a GOG key later. We expect the game will be available on GOG in October.
To get your Steam key, please:
1. Create an account at/log in to https://www.larianvault.com.
2. Once logged in, click on the D:OS2 Kickstarter link in the top menu. If you haven’t linked Larian Vault to your Kickstarter account, you’ll be prompted to do so.
3. Once your accounts are linked, click on the menu item "Your Choices & Input". In the list of rewards, look for the item "Divinity: Original Sin 2 Digital Download" (for some tiers, this reward will be called "Divinity: Original Sin 2 Digital Collector's Edition Download").
4. Select Steam. Click OK. Then click the link "Available! Claim now!". This will generate your Steam key.
5. Once you have your key, activate it on Steam as you would any other game (Click "Games" in the toolbar, click "Activate a product on Steam", and follow the instructions given)
6. Wait patiently for the 15th of September, when you will be able to download and play the game!
And if you want to share the good news with your non-backer friends, you can always send them to Steam, where they can add Divinity: Original Sin 2 to their wishlists and get all the updates when it launches!
Looking for something to do while you wait for Early Access? We’ve got suggestions!
It was Read A Book Day on September 6th, which sparked lots of excited conversations in our bookworm Slack chats. Of course, we are all huge fantasy fans at Larian, and many of us are dedicated fantasy readers too. Instead of Kickstarter shout-outs today, we thought we’d send some shout-outs to the fantasy authors who inspire us and take our minds on the most incredible journeys. So, here’s some reading recommendations from our team:
Swen recommends Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice and David Gemmell’s Legend, which he calls “flawlessly-executed heroic fantasy”.
Our producer David is very keen on Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and also has a sizeable Dragonlance collection, of which he recommends the War of Souls Trilogy and the Lost Chronicles.
Senior Scripter Mathieu recommends Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire Series, and Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy.
Programmer Artem thought about his choices all night and finally decided on Alexey Pehov’s Chronicles of Siala and The Cycle of Wind and Sparks.
Writer Kevin loves Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, Madeleine L’Engle’s Many Waters and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
Scripter & Designer Slava recommends Wolfhound by Maria Semyonova, which only the lucky Russian speakers amongst you will be able to read.
Lastly, writer Char urges you to check out Gene Wolfe’s Shadow of the Torturer, Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, China Mieville’s The Scar, M John Harrison’s Viriconium and Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar… and would keep typing more if she was allowed.
We also asked our friends on Twitter and got some more excellent recommendations, such as Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (@craigdolphin), The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (@theJDonnelly), The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson (@CrashMJF & @AlexiousRahl) … and of course The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (@jatinkapanda).
How do you prepare for an event like PAX West? How do you make sure your arena skills are at their absolute peak? How can you gird your mind and body for the challenge ahead?
Well, we don't know about you, but here's how Swen does it!