New stretch goals announced for Divinity: Original Sin 2 as funding approaches $1.5M

Divinity: Original Sin 2 early screenshot
Last week the Kickstarter campaign for Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin 2 surpassed $1.2 million, hitting a major stretch goal. As funding continued to rise, there were only two stretch goals left to hit. It was a given that Larian would add more, but at the time we had no idea what they might be.

Yesterday Larian posted a Kickstarter update noting that the campaign’s $1.35 million goal had been met, unlocking the Pick a Skill Tree II option, with only the Hall of Echoes goal remaining. Fortunately, the company also that it had added stretch goals up to the $2 million mark to make sure that funding would continue to roll in.

Four new stretch goals in total have been added, with the first unlocked at $1.65 million: dedicated mod tool support. If this goal is met, Larian will hire a team to make the editor “as intuitive as possible” to help the community around the game “build all kinds of new awesomeness.”

Just $100,000 more at $1.65 million will bring Love / Hate, expanding on the dynamic relationship system being developed for the game.  $1.85 million will bring a shapeshifting mask to the game. “One moment you’re a lizard, the next an ordinary human, with completely different dialog options (and visuals of course). By expanding on our tag system, we’ll let you assume different roles in the game with the same character,” Larian writes.

The final goal, unlocked at $2 million, will add Dungeon Master Mode to the game. This will bring the editor into the game, allowing the given “dungeon master” the ability to adjust and control the dungeon while players are in the midst of it.

Whether any of these goals will be hit remains to be seen, but the campaign has raised $1,374,592 at the time of this writing, so it seems likely that at least some of the new stretch goals will be unlocked.

Larian is still taking ideas from backers on how certain aspects of the game will work, so if you want to put a word in, head over to the Kickstarter page for Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robo sidekicks, AC for your bed, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

The N64 was an all-star console with a line-up of all-star games. These were the best.

The Nintendo 64 introduced a long list of top-tier games, but which were the iconic platform's best? From Mario Party to Ocarina of Time to NFL Blitz, check out our picks for the best N64 games.
Product Review

'Battle for Azeroth' lets you play Warcraft without canceling evening plans

‘Battle for Azeroth’ promises to put you in the middle of a new war between the Alliance and Horde. The plot too quickly unravels into dull fetch quests, but the game’s variety keeps you itching to log in it even as the story…
Emerging Tech

Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way

In the world of crowdfunding, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. There's a million reasons why a project might fail. But with this handy guide, you'll be able to spot the signs of a sketchy project and decrease your chances of getting…
Gaming

Get your first look at ‘Royale’ mode in the latest ‘Battlefield V’ trailer

The latest trailer for Battlefield V, released in time for Gamescom, gives players a taste of what to expect from the game's battle royal mode. The mode will release after the game's initial launch.
Gaming

Want to play SNES classics on your PC? These emulators make it easy

Emulation can be a tricky subject to nail, especially when you don't know where to begin, but you can explore your favorite Super Nintendo classics from the comfort of your home with our guide to the best SNES emulators currently available.
Gaming

‘Diablo III’ is bringing loot-filled goodness to the Nintendo Switch this year

Blizzard's acclaimed action-RPG Diablo III will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year and it will include four-player cooperative play on the console, the legendary game studio announced.
Gaming

Take control of your Xbox with these top-tier Xbox One gamepads

A number of different controllers are available on the Xbox One, from gamepads made by Microsoft, to third-party controllers loaded with special features. Here are the best you can buy.
Gaming

Blazer5 Gaming has dominated the NBA 2K League. Now they prepare for the playoffs

We spoke with Blazer5 Gaming, the NBA 2K team that currently tops the professional 2K League, about their journeys to playing the basketball sim for a living. We also played a little game of overrated or underrated with NBA 2K19's ratings.
Gaming

Blizzard wants to see Diablo characters join fray in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

With Diablo 3 coming to Switch later this year, is it possible that we could see Blizzard characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate down the line? Blizzard would very much like to see Diablo characters in the Nintendo brawler.
Gaming

Blizzard changes its tune, says ‘Overwatch’ could run on Nintendo Switch

Blizzard's hugely popular multiplayer shooter Overwatch isn't available on Nintendo Switch, but one of the studio's senior producers says that it could technically run on the hybrid console.
Gaming

‘Warframe’ adds a trio of minigames, including a 2D fighting experience

Digital Extremes has added a new 2D fighting mini-game to Warframe, its free-to-play science fiction title. The game can be unlocked by using the Standing resource and features a surprising amount of depth.
Gaming

New 'Fortnite' challenge is among the most difficult yet, but we know the solution

Where are the Stone Heads looking? That's the challenge posed by Fortnite's sixth week of season five. It's an easy challenge in concept, but difficult to manage in execution. If you don't want a hassle, no sweat. We've found the solution.
Gaming

The PlayStation 5 rumors are heating up, and the console may arrive by 2020

Recent rumors suggest the launch of the PlayStation 5 is closer than you might expect. Predictions range from 2018 to 2021, and some reports are already making definitive claims about the hardware.