Divinity: Original Sin II

A direct sequel to Divinity: Original Sin and another installment in the popular RPG series launched in 2002 by the Belgian developer, Larian Studios. The story takes place once more in the fantasy land of Rivellon and presents events that occur between the first and second game in the franchise. This time around, we assume the role of a sourcerer, who uses the forbidden powers of the Source and is constantly pursued by the Order. We can determine the race and origin of our character, both of which influence the attitude of the encountered NPCs towards him or her to a large extent. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate significantly from the previous game in the series, although the developers did introduce a few novelties, such as a modified combat system, new element combinations as well as Source Powers. Contrary to its predecessor and other titles of the franchise, the production has a clearly darker atmosphere.

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PC / Windows
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Divinity: Original Sin II

Divinity: Original Sin II | PC

Divinity: Original Sin II release date for PC:

game language:
English

14 September 2017 | Worldwide

14 September 2017 | Europe

14 September 2017 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet / split screen, players: 1-4
Game score 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 110 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.1 / 10 calculated out of 240 players' votes.  

Divinity: Original Sin II for PC / Windows is a conventional RPG played from an isometric view. Offering a high difficulty level and a turn-based combat system, the game is the fifth full-fledged installment in the Divinity series, and it constitutes a direct continuation to the well-received Divinity: Original Sin, which came out in June, 2014. Similar to the predecessing game, Divinity: Original Sin II was created by Larian - a Belgian development studio. It is also worth noticing, that the production process was partially financed through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter (over 2 million dollars were gathered).

Plot

The player is again taken to a fantasy world known as Rivellon, though the story is set about a thousand years after the events depicted in Divinity: Original Sin (right after Beyond Divinity). However, this time the player assumes the role of a character that uses the power of the Source - in contrast to that, the predecessing game placed the player in control of two hunters that were after the adepts of this forbidden magic. The conflict between the two groups continues on, and the player-controlled character is on the run from the representatives of the Order trying to track them down. Simultaneously, the protagonist struggles to put an end to the crisis caused by the invasion of monsters from the Void (this resulted from the death of the Divine). This entire layout also brings an atmosphere that is different to that offered by the first Original Sin, as it is visibly heavier and more serious here.

Mechanics

This time around, the player begins with creating one, central character that represents one of several available races. Another important novelty in the character creation process is constituted by assigning a biographic background to one's avatar. Depending on the protagonist's background (also, they can be male or female), the inhabitants of the game world react to their presence in various ways and can even give them different quests. As a result, the role-playing layer of the game is more profound than in the predecessing game, and problems placed in front of the protagonist can be solved in more ways.

Divinity: Original Sin II for PC / Windows extends the mechanics developed in the previous installments. The largest changes were introduced into the combat system, as an ability to climb platforms or towers was added, and the influence of heights on characters' fighting abilities was taken into account. Action points are calculated here in a slightly simplified way, and performing most actions costs 1-3 points. Furthermore, the creators included new skills and element combinations - making a good use of those can tip the balance in favour of the player's victory in combat. The powers of the Source constitute another novelty; although the player is required to refill the special Source points in order to use those powers, they gain access to exceptionally powerful and dangerous abilities in so doing.

Game modes

As previously, the adventure can be experienced in the co-op mode, this time for up to 4 players. Interestingly however, cooperation can easily turn into rivalry, as because of different backgrounds, characters can have contradictory goals to be achieved in the same situations.

Apart from that, Larian Studios included a separate, PvP mode, which places groups of four players against one another on arenas designed with creativity. The participants take on the roles of pre-defined characters and compete against one another in different variations of such classic modes as Free-for-All, Capture the Flag or King of the Hill.

Technical aspects

Divinity: Original Sin II for PC / Windows utilizes an enhanced version of the engine used in production of Divinity: Original Sin, that is, the Divinity Engine 3.0. This technology provides significantly better graphics than in the previous Divinity game, apart from more advanced physics and support for DirectX 12.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770/Radeon R9 280 or better, 25 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5 2.93 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 550/Radeon HD 6800 or better, 25 GB HDD, Windows 7(SP1)/8.1/10 64-bit

Divinity: Original Sin II Feature trailer

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Divinity: Original Sin II Game Guide

game guide 15 September 2017

The Divinity: Original Sin II Game Guide contains description of all quests available in the game, from the ones connected to the main plotline, up to optional, side adventures. Aside from that, the dedicated chapters contain maps of all locations.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 interview – “RPG fans want to be treated with reasonable manner, not like they are complete idiots”

Feature 26 August 2015 15:01

Divinity: Original Sin was one of the biggest surprises of 2014. Apart from the Enhanced Edition, Larian Studios also works on the sequel of this successful RPG. During our visit in Ghent we managed to gather some new information about the game.

Divinity: Original Sin II selling twice as well as the first game

News 18 September 2017 14:38

Larian Studio has a reason to be proud of Divinity: Original Sin II. The sequel is selling over twice as well as the previous game.

Divinity: Original Sin II split-screen co-op, controller support and skill crafting discussed

News 02 August 2017 15:45

Are you impatiently waiting for the next incarnation in the successful classic RPG series Divinity? If so, you will devour this handful of new details about Divinity: Original Sin II, straight from Larian Studios.

Divinity: Original Sin II to launch on September 14

News 25 May 2017 13:10

Divinity: Original Sin II is going to launch on September 14. Larian Studios informed fans of the game's planned release date along with a description of a new patch.

Divinity: Original Sin II is hitting Steam Early Access today

News 15 September 2016 12:19

As of today, Divinity: Original Sin II is going to be available as a Steam Early Access game. This early build contains the first act of the single player campaign as well as PvP arena.

Divinity: Original Sin II raised 2 million dollars on Kickstarter

News 01 October 2015 10:08

Divinity: Original Sin II was successfully crowdfunded. More than that, all Kickstarter stretch goals were reached, as the game received over 2 million dollars.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 New Details Revealed – First Screenshots, DirectX 12 Support and Kickstarter Launch

News 26 August 2015 16:00

We got some first-hand news on Divinity: Original Sin 2 from Larian Studios. The game will feature 4-person co-op and darker, more complex story.

Original Sin 2 is Happening. This will be What Baldur’s Gate II Was to BioWare

News 13 August 2015 12:00

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is in the works, Larian Studios announced. Kickstarter campaign will launch on 26 August. This is when the developers are going reveal more details about the game.

Divinity: Original Sin II hands-on – maturation of the great RPG

Preview 28 September 2016 13:17

It was enough to spend just a few moments with Divinity: Original Sin II to realize that it's going to be much better than its predecessor.

Divinity: Original Sin II hands-on – what’s new in the sequel of one of the best recent RPGs?

Preview 25 August 2016 13:35

Larian Studio has reminded the world about Divinity: Original Sin II by bringing the game to gamescom 2016. A half-hour presentation was enough to convince us that this could be the dark horse among 2017’s RPGs.