Divinity: Original Sin hit Kickstarter in March 2013, and while it was initially lumped in with other Kickstarter RPG revivals like Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera as another one of “those games,” it held its own and was well received by gamers and critics alike.
Now developer Larian Studios is returning to Kickstarter for the sequel. Divinity: Original Sin 2 will kick off its Kickstarter campaign on August 26. This time, Larian wants the fans to be even more involved, starting even before the campaign officially begins.
“On August 26th we’ll be returning to Kickstarter with Divinity: Original Sin 2, but you don’t have to wait to have your say. We’ll want a lot of feedback as we progress, and right now we want to know what YOU want from the Kickstarter campaign,” the sequel announcement reads. “Head over to our Divinity: Original Sin 2 page to suggest what rewards you’d like to see, and vote on the rewards that others have suggested!”
Current fan-suggested stretch goals and rewards including a day/night cycle, more playable races, a Kickstarter collector’s edition, and more. The most votes at the time of this writing have gone to a suggested “adult mode,” which would include “extra gore, extra nudity, and extra profanity.” Another suggestion, early bird pricing discounts, has already been planned by the developer.
The Kickstarter campaign may not have yet begun, but apparently Larian has already been hard at work on the game. A playable prototype of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is set to appear at Larian’s booth at PAX Prime later this month.
For those wondering why Larian would tackle a sequel when Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is still in development, there’s a good reason. “The work that is being done on D:OS EE would in any case still have had to be done for D:OS,” Larian founder Sven Vincke wrote in a blog post yesterday, adding that “all the money we’re investing in D:OS EE is also investment in the tech that’s powering D:OS 2. And the tech can do a lot.”
For more details and a link to the Kickstarter campaign when it goes live, see the Divinity: Original Sin 2 website.