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An epic RPG with turn-based combat, cooperative/competitive multiplayer; sequel to Divinity: Original Sin, GameSpot's PC Game of 2014.
An epic RPG with turn-based combat, cooperative/competitive multiplayer; sequel to Divinity: Original Sin, GameSpot's PC Game of 2014.
An epic RPG with turn-based combat, cooperative/competitive multiplayer; sequel to Divinity: Original Sin, GameSpot's PC Game of 2014.
42,713 backers pledged $2,032,434 to help bring this project to life.

Update # 27: PAX, Early Access, Sales, and your Reading List!

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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.

   

   

PAX West!

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!

Look at all those stars!
Look at all those stars!

 

Josh Sawyer (of Obsidian Entertainment fame) drops by.
Josh Sawyer (of Obsidian Entertainment fame) drops by.

 

Chris Avellone makes Swen feel too tall.
Chris Avellone makes Swen feel too tall.

 

The fantastic booth team that made this PAX so special!
The fantastic booth team that made this PAX so special!

    

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.

Everything kicks off on our Twitch page at 10am PST on September 14th, and we'll be chatting with you for about three hours. Keep a watch on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest info!  

   

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).  

Happy reading!

     

In closing...

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!

 

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Comments

    1. Teemu Hattukangas on September 12, 2016

      Of course I'm working night on 15th. But 16th I'm free.... then all hell breaks lose. can't wait. :)

    2. Nerdy Suit on September 11, 2016

      People will find anything to complain about, won't they?

    3. krayzkrok on September 10, 2016

      Yes, as much as I like GOG and the Galaxy client, they are certainly slower than Steam getting updates going. I have a number of games on both, due to the fact they provided keys for certain games that I have on Steam (which is awesome of them) and the GOG update is always a little behind the Steam version. Basically that's life, GOG and Steam do things differently, you can't demand the same expectations from them, and you can't blame the devs for differing user experiences between them.

    4. Raze_Larian on September 10, 2016

      @Dusk Shadow
      You can wait until keys are available for GOG. Or longer. GOG keys expire eventually, though, so if you wait too long after the full release to request a key, you might need to contact GOG support to get it added to your account.

      .
      @LordCrash
      Last I heard, early today, the Codex was suppose to have the list of backers in today, and the Watch had clarified a couple issues with the list they provided, so hopefully anything not available now should be added early next week.

      .
      @Chris Patterson
      GOG takes longer to update because they have an extra step in their release process; Steam allows developers to make game updates directly. That said, GOG did better with D:OS EE updates than the original release, usually having patches within a business day or two, and Galaxy updates sooner.

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      @jorlinn on Linux
      The game itself will be DRM free, and no game content is reliant on Steamworks.
      Dragon Commander used separate beta and full release keys. D:OS was originally going to use separate keys, but since most people wanted the game on Steam, it was decided it would be easier to have the beta just become the full release, and anyone who wanted GOG keys, or who gave away their alpha/beta keys, could revoke the key to request a new one. I don't know what is involved in setting up a beta with expiring keys, but for the sake of however long before Games in Development is ready, it is apparently easier to just have the Steam alpha/beta be the same as Early Access.

    5. jorlinn on Linux on September 9, 2016

      At least it does state the divide between Steam and GOG clearly on the pledge description: "available from Steam with Alpha and Beta access included, or DRM-free from GOG.com."
      Just be sure that your release won't be a DRM-free edition the likes of Armello - DRM Free edition (which had lots of content cut from that edition).

    6. jorlinn on Linux on September 9, 2016

      I'm with Chris Patterson on this one. Don't treat GOG like a stepchild!
      Oh, well, I guess that it means that you'll get no free alpha/ beta testing from me.
      Because, let's be honest, that is exactly what "Early Access" is.
      Many other Kickstarters give away beta Steam keys for free (some of them expire after the release date) even if the backer has chosen another platform. just to get more playtesting going, which might result in more bugs being found and a more stable release and thus more favourable press when the time to release is upon you.
      Your loss. And don't get me wrong, I'm not keen on Steam
      I hope the GOG release will be a polished one, but I'm wary...

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      StrangeCat on September 9, 2016

      I'll recommend some dark fantasy for you guys which is way better then most books.
      That's
      The Emperors Blades
      Providence of Fire
      Immortal Bond
      Brain Staveley Unhewn Thronw Chronicle.

      Look forward to checking out your Alpha early access.

    8. Andrew Tuckett on September 9, 2016

      @Mike Watts Yep Steam Early Access version is Alpha at the moment

    9. frederic tarabout on September 9, 2016

      <3 those intros.
      Keep it up guys, good luck with the crazy amount of work!

    10. LordCrash on September 9, 2016

      @Mike Watts
      Yes.

    11. Mike Watts on September 9, 2016

      Puzzled a bit by this early access. My pledge was meant to give access to alpha and beta, is this what this is?

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      Varana on September 9, 2016

      "... or what fantasy is truly final?"
      God, I love this. :D

      Reading list: Playing it safe, mostly. :D

    13. LordCrash on September 9, 2016

      @Chris Patterson
      There will be EA access via GOG Galaxy but this features isn't available yet.

      "Divinity: Original Sin 2 is planned to join the Games in Development program on GOG.com in October 2016."

      from: https://www.gog.com/game/divinity_original_sin_2

    14. Chris Patterson on September 9, 2016

      I do have to admit, I can't seem to find the "Don't Like" button... A good bit disappointed that not only do I not have early/beta access thru GoG (don't tell me it can't be done, I've been in several Kickstarters that have done exactly that), it will take an extra month to actually put the game there for us to keep? Tell me you're not going to treat GoG like the ginger-stepchild, and do updates months after the steam ones, and ignore it after 1 year?

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      Moridin
      Superbacker
      on September 9, 2016

      Your updates are the most enjoyable of all the projects I've backed - thank you!

      Please stop those book recommendations - I'm reading a lot and this "There's so much you havent't read yet""-feeling is not so enjoyable. ;)

    16. LordCrash on September 9, 2016

      For my German fellows I can only recommend reading the fantasy novels written by Susanne Pavlovic. Thank me later. ;)

    17. LordCrash on September 9, 2016

      @Dusk
      1) You must either use Steam or GOG for DOS2. If you choose GOG you'll have to wait until they enable early access via GOG Galaxy which is supposed to happen during October.
      2) There is no tablet version planned for DOS2.

    18. LordCrash on September 9, 2016

      The list of great fantasy novels is incomplete without Sapkowski. He's the best. :)

      @Raze/Larian
      When will you enable the Watch/Codex fundraiser rewards on the Vault?

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      Igal on September 9, 2016

      @Larian - You guys make me sad I can't be in these events :(
      But keep up the awesome work, can't wait for the Twitch stream!
      PS - Swen, it looks like keeping the arena champion title is quite taxing on you, u should take a break!

    20. Vryl
      Superbacker
      on September 9, 2016

      That logo says "What? I can't hear anything through this helmet. Stupid earphones."

    21. Dusk Shadow
      Superbacker
      on September 9, 2016

      Ugh..once I heard Obsidion, the maker of Pillars of eternity mentioned, I began to have 2nd thoughts about this game.
      Must I really link things to steam? I use it but once a year now. OH and can I just wait, or must I download soon?
      Also if I download the game to my pc, am I therefore not able to play it on a tablet I might purchase down the line?

    22. Jonathan Patterson on September 9, 2016

      What, no love for Steven Erikson? Who are you people!?

    23. Grinsevent Wheresluggage of Sin on September 9, 2016

      I wonder if he lost the (10th revanche game) ...

    24. Windemere on September 9, 2016

      I'm worried. You know they are overworked when Swen is lying down!

    25. Novus on September 9, 2016

      Can't wait for next week!