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Larian Studios announced that they're developing Divinity: Original Sin 2, a sequel to last year's turn-based RPG. They plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the game on August 26th.
Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios, says that they're using Kickstarter for Divinity: Original Sin 2 because they felt crowd-funding dramatically improved the first game:
Divinity: Original Sin wouldn’t be the game it was without the input from our Kickstarter backers & Steam Early Access players. There were a lot of them and they pushed us forwards in directions we hadn’t anticipated when we started development. To this day, our entire team is incredibly grateful for this. Our community was a critical factor for the success of the game. Without having that same community on board, I think it’s going to be very hard for us to achieve the goals we have with Divinity: Original Sin 2, and so we’ll do our very best to convince them to back us once again. The result at the end will be so much better if they do.
While Larian is waiting until the Kickstarter campaign launches to share more details, Vincke did drop a few hints. He said that Original Sin 2 will build on the foundation for the first game. He estimates that developing the elementary systems of a game take up about 60% of the time. However, with Original Sin 2 using the basic framework of the first game, the developers will be able to devote more time to an "start building the world immediately and try out all kinds of things."
The hope is that Original Sin 2 will end up being a huge step forward for the series. Vincke hopes it will be as big of an upgrade as Baldur's Gate's sequel was:
Put simply, if you were to compare what we’re doing to what Bioware did back in the day with Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2, D:OS 2 is to be our Baldur’s Gate 2 — building further on our equivalent of Baldur’s Gate; D:OS.
That kind of talk is bound to get the attention of a long-time PC RPG fan. Baldur's Gate 2 was one of the best sequels the genre has ever seen. It had a much grander scale than its sequel with loads of strategic depth as well as an amazing storyline. It made the first game look frankly crappy by comparison.
Larian Studios will bring a prototype of Original Sin 2 so RPG fans can get a glimpse at the project. It's unclear when the actual game will be released, though.
The developer is currently making Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition as well. D:OS - EE is an improved version of the original game for PS4 and Xbox One. Its features include new quests and fully voiced quests. Larian hopes to release it by the end of 2015.