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Divinity Original Sin is an old-school cRPG with new ideas & modern execution, will release this year. Funded by fantastic backers!
Divinity Original Sin is an old-school cRPG with new ideas & modern execution, will release this year. Funded by fantastic backers!
Divinity Original Sin is an old-school cRPG with new ideas & modern execution, will release this year. Funded by fantastic backers!
19,541 backers pledged $944,282 to help bring this project to life.

Cooperative multiplayer is live, Companions are live, Fancy trailer is live!


Hello everybody! 

A new version of Divinity:Original Sin's alpha was released today featuring plenty of new candy. We hope you're going to love it because even if it's work in progress, we've been having loads of fun with it. 

Here's a small video in which Swen tries to explain everything that's new:  

Cooperative multiplayer!

If you head over to your Steam library now, you'll discover a new update for Divinity:Original Sin which makes it possible to explore the world of Rivellon in cooperative multiplayer. It's a lot of fun, so you should definitely give it a shot! 

There are now two alpha keys available on the Larian Vault for everybody who had the duo pack reward as part of their pledge. If your pledge didn't include two keys but you have a friend you'd like to play with, you can get new keys via Steam Early Access.

For now, you can only play cooperative multiplayer with people who are in your friends list on Steam. Just invite them to your game (or alternatively, have them join your game). We're aware that you'll want a lot more options to filter people, kick people, chat with people etc...... and these will be added . Until we're ready with those UI elements however, you'll have to bear with the Steam interface. 


We've added two new companions to Cyseal and more will be coming in the next weeks. You'll find Jahan who's a Demon Hunter in the library and Madora, the retired Source Hunteress in the tavern. 

In addition to aiding you in combat, you'll discover that they have quite a few things to say about the quests you're on, perhaps even a bit too much. Should they become too chatty, you can always send them to the hall of heroes which has now also been opened up in your Homestead on the Shelter Plane at the end of time. 

Speaking of your homestead, be sure to visit it at least twice during your play through - you'll discover that Zix Zax likes to decorate.  A lot.

Steam Early Access

From today on, Divinity:Original Sin is available on Steam Early Access. This will allow other people to join the community of people giving feedback, and aid us in these last months of development to make the game as good as we can. It also makes it possible for you to invite friends who didn't participate in the Kickstarter campaign to join you in your adventures through Rivellon. 

There's been quite a lot debate about whether or not we should go to Steam Early Access with Divinity:Original Sin, but in the end we decided that is what's best for the development of the game because the advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages. Swen wrote an entire blog about the pros and cons so those interested should head over to      


And because we released the game on Steam Early Access, we also released a fancy new trailer that tries to capture what the game is about in less than 2 minutes. Given all the things you can do in Divinity:Original Sin, that proved to be a bit of an impossible mission, but Thomas did his best to capture the main ideas ;) 

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    1. Lee Thompson on January 29, 2014

      I figured it out, had to actually read some updates ;)

    2. Lee Thompson on January 29, 2014

      I backed at $35, am I eligible to get Steam Early Access? (And if so, how?)

    3. Raze_Larian on January 28, 2014

      The game, and alpha, was delayed from the initial estimates before Early Access. Whatever extra delay there will be from that, there will also be a lot more bug testing, feedback on balancing, etc.

    4. Jack Green on January 28, 2014

      Early Access just screams "We asked for 400k, got twice that but that stil wasnt enough money for us to make a finished product. So we ask for more money." It's a shame really, and if the game is going to get delayed due to early access, I am saddened. Am really looking forward to playing this when it is done, but apparently that is going to take longer than estimated.

    5. Raze_Larian on January 22, 2014

      Just to copy the answer given in the forum, fired companions go to either the King Crab inn or, once you have access to the homestead, the hall of heroes.

    6. LordMatsu on January 22, 2014

      Companions disappear if sent home. I can't find them at all.

    7. Raze_Larian on January 20, 2014

      Yes; see the 'Getting Alpha Access' section of update #51

      Apparently different companies with differently sized projects and different resources looked at the available options and came to different conclusions on what would be the best course of action for them.

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      Silverweb on January 20, 2014

      I've been looking for an explanation here, and maybe I'm just not seeing it.. But, do single game backers get early access? If so, where do I get my key? Very much looking forward to playing!

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      AstralWanderer on January 19, 2014

      @Raze: "Do you know of a better alternative?"
      Follow the example of other KS projects (e.g. Xenonauts or Legends of Eisenwald) and provide a regularly updated alpha. That may not be the latest version but as long as the version number is included with any crash logs/bug reports, that shouldn't be a huge problem. If smaller studios can do this, there's little excuse for Larian.
      @Stephen "Stoibs" D: "Shadowrun returns and most recently Broken Age had hilarious comment sections..."
      Not involved in Broken Age myself, but the problem for Shadowrun Returns was having DRM imposed on the public (non-KS) release by their licensing. That's now been fixed, and it's likely it wouldn't have happened without the protest raised by their backers, which has ensured that anyone buying SR has a *choice* over whether to be tied to Steam or not.
      @Ronan Abbott: "I will never understand why people have a problem with Steam..."
      Been discussed before but here's a quick summary:
      1 - You don't own anything you buy as Valve can disable it at any time - see for one example, hundreds of thousands of others can be found online. With DRM-free vendors like GOG, your downloaded installers still work, even without an account or Internet connection.
      2 - Steam is insecure. Aside from the database hack Valve discovered in 2011 and haven't updated about since Feb 2012 the client software has numerous security flaws Since the Steam Client Service *is* a Windows service, anyone taking control of it can do what they want with your system - install a keylogger to find banking passwords, use ransomware to extort money directly or worse
      3 - ToS abuse. The Steam Subscriber Agreement at (which I suspect many here have yet to read in detail) has a number of objectionable clauses (last para of 3A plus 7C, 9 and 12 for starters). Valve's ability to disable accounts (stopping you from running virtually everything purchased through Steam) allows them to enforce such conditions, even in cases where a court might throw them out.
      Hopefully, that's enough expansion for you.
      @Ronan Abbott: "I for one, love having all my games in a place where I can always access them and install them an unlimited number of times."
      Virtually any online store allows this - the question buyers should ask is whether they can play the games they purchase if that store closes or disables their account. With GOG and other DRM-free services you can (as long as you keep installer backups) - with DRM services like Steam, GamersGate or GameFly you can't.

    10. Raze_Larian on January 19, 2014

      It may not have been mentioned in the pledge descriptions, but Larian was clear from the start that the plan was to use Steam for the alpha/beta.
      Do you know of a better alternative? Having Larian recreate the features that Steam provides would require a lot of extra work, and they would get much less exposure that way.

    11. Stephen "Stoibs" D
      on January 19, 2014

      I know right. Every single damn kickstarter that gets an early release on steam goes through this exact same fiasco by the vocal minority. Shadowrun returns and most recently Broken Age had hilarious comment sections XD. People saying how it's unfair that they "can't play".. even though there's literally nothing stopping them. :S

      It's like they are glossing over the fact that Betas can intuitively be auto updated on the fly super easily on Steam, as opposed to requiring a separate manual patching process for each tweak and minor change on client-less Drm-Free versions. Completely lost track of how many times something like the Wasteland 2 Beta or Dead Linger has been updated on my steam - this would just be a pain in the ass for the devs to send out a new patch installer every single time. Makes perfect sense for betas/alphas to use the system, and then for the finished polished product to be available for these drm-free exclusive folk. Also yeah, I too enjoy the convenience of having my 800+ games neatly in one library rather than loosely spread out randomly on my several drives (which require me to hunt down which digital store/website I bought them from should I uninstall and wish to replay in the future..)

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      Ronan Abbott on January 19, 2014

      I will never understand why people have a problem with Steam. I guess the tiny minority are just super vocal. I for one, love having all my games in a place where I can always access them and install them an unlimited number of times. I think it's just one those things that a handful of people like to hate on because it is the elitist attitude. I know a guy who said "I hate steam" once, and when questioned why he spouted off the usual DRM, Terms of service thing; but when asked to expand upon each reason and what issues it had caused for him, he had nothing to say.

      Looking forward to playing this game :)

    13. Dennis Albrecht on January 19, 2014

      @Rasmus again: Yes! Got my Early Access Key. Thanks a lot! :)

    14. S.D. on January 19, 2014

      Super excited to eventually play this on Linux!!!

      Real glad I didn't back the game for alpha access, though :-D

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      AstralWanderer on January 19, 2014

      @Michel Baumann: " will get the digital version via Steam or GOG - so they made it clear from the start."
      For the final version yes - but no mention is made in the pledge descriptions of the alpha being a Steam-exclusive.
      "Releasing Alpha versions is becoming a trend on steam. Whether you like it or not, lots of indy companies need the money from those early sales to actually finish their game the way they want to."
      If Steam was an *option* for the alpha release, then I'd agree with you. But making it exclusive (unnecessary for early sales as Larian could offer alpha builds by direct download too) excludes backers who wish to avoid Steam's security problems, objectionable terms of service and restrictive DRM.

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      Michel Baumann on January 18, 2014

      In the Pledge Rewards it actually tells you, that you will get the digital version via Steam or GOG - so they made it clear from the start. And I believe every backer that gets this game also got the Alpha version BEFORE it went on sale. So I´d say there really is nothing you can fault them for. Releasing Alpha versions is becoming a trend on steam. Whether you like it or not, lots of indy companies need the money from those early sales to actually finish their game the way they want to. Basically that`s the Minecraft model.
      I´d say Larian has run maybe the best Kickstarter campaign I´ve backed so far. Only slightly disappointed with the delay, but it seems to be a modest one and it seems like they are actually listening to backer feedback, so I am ok with it.

    17. Relkin43 on January 18, 2014

      AHHH don't go to my games on the vault go to the KS section x__x

    18. Relkin43 on January 18, 2014

      Got Duo pack, have no keys :(

    19. Stephen "Stoibs" D
      on January 18, 2014

      Yeah second key is there now @$65 ;)
      A bit confused though since there are specific entries in our vault for the keys of the actual full game releases when they become available - yet by all rights having this 'Early access' key redeemed on steam should grant you the full game on launch too...(Since unlike Dragon commander this isn't a separate entry into the Steam registry as 'Beta' but rather the actual Early access for the full game's appid)
      It's almost as if we've got 2 keys now, and another 2 to be available at launch :S

    20. Dr. Devastation on January 18, 2014

      For everyone else at the 65$ limited tier, I got my second alpha key, I'd recommend checking in at , I'd expect it to show up for everyone else at the same tier in the next couple of days.

    21. James & Amy Anderson on January 18, 2014

      How do I get my steam access keys? I bought a duo pack and am looking to get into the game now.

    22. Dennis Albrecht on January 18, 2014

      Thanks Rasmus. Do I have to register a new account there and then I can enable my Kickstarter Account? Or what do I have to do?

    23. Rasmus Lomholt on January 18, 2014

      @Dennis, go to the and try and hook up the account you make on there with your kickstarter.

    24. Dennis Albrecht on January 18, 2014

      I took the 25$ pledge. Do I get a key for Steam Early Access to? Or do I have to wait for the retail version? The Early Access version takes about 40€ so I'll pay 60€ for playing now... :(

    25. Iskhiaro on January 18, 2014

      @DeathKnight Many thanks for sorting this out for all of us missing our keys.

    26. DeathKnight [Larian] on January 18, 2014

      People with the digital Dragon Commander pack that included alpha: I just added the second alpha key to Larianvault so you should be able to get it now.

      Both these keys unlock the same thing (alpha, or, current version on Steam).

      Yes, Michael, the alpha key through Kickstarter gives you alpha, not the full game at release.

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      Johan Selin on January 18, 2014

      What about those who "only" kickstarted for a single key?

    28. Michael Sünderland on January 18, 2014

      I have a question about the alpha keys...

      I gave my alpha key to a friend, and now it says that he owns the early access version on steam.

      The alpha key is different than the full game key, right? I thought this was the case since they are listed separately in the backer vault.

      I just want to be sure that I didn't give away my completed game! :)

    29. Dieithrio on January 18, 2014

      Just don't put the Steam Early Access version on sale before the game is actually released, please.

    30. Andy Linea of Sin - DOoD on January 18, 2014

      Arthur, just check in Larian Vault, and if you bought duo pack, you should now have a second key there. :)

    31. Arthur Duthoo on January 18, 2014

      Excuse me guys, took a Digital Duo Pack, am I able to get the game now and join the early access or should I wait for the release ?
      Both is fine with me, I'm just curious, cause if there is a way to retrieve my Steam Key today I just don't know how to do it !
      Thanks !

    32. ethereal on January 18, 2014

      I don't know the first thing about Steam Early Access from the standpoint of an early access-er. As a kickstarter backer, normally, I'd hate it.

      I pledged for a DRM-free game. By pledging, I agreed to have a trust-based relationship with you, Larian. Not Steam, not GOG (although I like GOG), not motherloving backerkit and other spamming sites in kickstarter's orbit. The game being available to other people before I can get it without okaying messed-up third-party user agreements is uncool.

      In this case, however, I don't hold it against you, because I can't run D:OS and probably won't be able to run it until at least release day. So keep up the good work.

    33. Dr. Devastation on January 18, 2014

      Yes, what the 65$ limited tier had changed during the kickstarter, but they couldn't edit the tier itself, without trouble, so they released/updated the graphic chart showing what you get. It has two divinity original sin. BUT it's not listed here and therefore also isn't explicitly called a Duo pack, which is why I'd wager they simply overlooked it.

    34. Roger Yates
      on January 17, 2014

      Lump me in with the others that backed at a tier that should include a second alpha key but there's not one on my summary page. If I'm misunderstanding and the tier only receives two finished copies of the game, that's more than acceptable. Just thought I'd add to the list if there's actually an oversight being made here.

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      Michael Shepard on January 17, 2014

      $65 tier included Dragon Commander and 2 copies of Original Sin, I see them in my rewards list but neither are available to redeem and I only have one alpha key.

    36. Eero Salonen on January 17, 2014

      $65 duo pack contains two different games, which I think is why you don't see second alpha key. Duo pack that gives you two alpha keys is $40 dollar pack, that includes two copies of D:OS.

      When you look prices in steam one should remember that in steam's European store prices include VAT, although steam uses higher tax rate than any country in Europe has and they use same rate in every country.

    37. Stephen "Stoibs" D
      on January 17, 2014

      Lots of rage on the steam forums - some of it justified since the Euros and UK folk are being gouged with incorrect currency conversions... (39,99€ = $54)
      I thought Larian would be above that nonsense.

      Also yeah, another $65 duo pack pledger here, No second Alpha key on the Vault.

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      Michael Shepard on January 17, 2014

      I'm still not seeing my second alpha key either. Same Dragon Commander tier as the others.

    39. Dr. Devastation on January 17, 2014

      Hope this doesn't end up as a double post: I also got the 65$ limited tier and also wanted to ask whether we'll get another alpha key or not. Would obviously prefer it ^^

    40. Marcin Czaplicki on January 17, 2014

      Would also like to know the answear to Timoteo's question, and not only GOG, Vault and Steam but as well those copied installed from physical discs. I hope all can play in cooperation no matter which one you use.

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      Cutter on January 17, 2014

      Sweet! Thanks as always Larry Ann. You guys rock like Mr. Spock!

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      Timoteo Barbosa on January 17, 2014

      How are you guys going to handle coop multiplayer for people that choose to play through GOG or Larian Vault?

      I like having my collection of the divinity games on GOG, and would hate to have a lonely one on steam, but I also would hate not being able to play with friends that chose to buy the steam version.

    43. Tomáš Skála on January 17, 2014

      @hiZis look at Larian Vault, then D:OS Kickstarter, then Summary. You need to claim a alpha key there (choose you want Steam key). The second alpha is claimed separately. In the same place but Alpha DUO is on the very end of the list. All on Summary page. Then and only then it appears on the product keys page.

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      Yannick Splinter on January 17, 2014

      To hiZis: You can find the first key by following the instructions here: under "getting alpha access".

    45. Mr.Monttu
      on January 17, 2014

      Dont have that second key either...but its not a problem, if i just get it at some point ^^

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      hiZis on January 17, 2014

      Okay, you guys can't find the second key, but where can I find the FIRST (and only) one? There's no instructions where to get it, it's not in email, it's not on the Kickstarter page, so where?

    47. Calelari on January 17, 2014

      I, too, am lacking the second key. (* DC Imperial Edition is the bottom of my page, so no need to tell me to look there.)

      But don't cry for me, Argentina.

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      Mateus Alves Barão on January 17, 2014

      Me too, pandamaniac :(

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      Panda on January 17, 2014

      I also do not have the second key as a $65 limited tier backer.

    50. Micael on January 17, 2014

      Even though I'm installing my Early Access copy as I'm writing this I have not yet decided wether I'll launch it, or wait till release.