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Divinity: Original Sin Kickstarter Update #53: Co-op, Companions and Steam Early Access

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Divinity: Original Sin Kickstarter Update #53: Co-op, Companions and Steam Early Access

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Fri 17 January 2014, 19:50:29

Tags: Divinity: Original Sin; Larian Studios; Swen Vincke

If you have the Divinity: Original Sin alpha installed, you probably noticed that it received a few updates today. Well, Larian just released a Kickstarter update telling us what's up. Turns out the answer is "a lot":

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.

Companions

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 lar.net.

Trailer

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 ;)

That's right, Steam Early Access! If you read Swen's blog post, you probably saw this coming. Since all Kickstarter backers got the alpha, it only costs $40, so hopefully there'll be less whining from the usual retards....eh, who am I kidding.

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