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Game News Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter Update #42: Full Voice Acting

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. I'm With Her Mustawdgender: ⚧ for prison Self-Ejected

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    Can someone who knows about programming or development care to explain what makes it so difficult to put an option to disable all voice acting dialogue?

    Is it a difficult task, in and of itself? Or is it because you'd need to plan to do thst ahead of time?
     
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  2. Tuco Benedicto Pacificogender: ⚧ Arbiter

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    Difficult for WHO? Which game are you thinking about, exactly?
    Most of the games that I can think of usually have that option. Either as an explicit toggle or by simply letting you turn off the "speech" volume and activating subtitles.
     
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  3. Darkzonegender: ⚧ Magister

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    I don't know how Larians engine handles it, but if you care i can tell you how much it takes in UE4.
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    Add a channel for voice acting and a slider in the options menu for this channel.
    Required time: 5 minutes + give each sound file / sound cue the channel. Difficulty level: retarded. 80k sound cues could take a lot, but for a team of 20 this is manageable.
    2)
    The proposed here All, Important, None characters voice over. Would require 2 additional booleans or one integer in the imported csv or excel file and additional blueprint branches or a switch or edit some classes in Visual Studio.
    Required time: 15 minutes + writing the booleans into the imported document for the 80k files. Difficult level: Not quite retarded.

    Disclaimer:
    UE4 has a few dialog options systems, so the this results may vary from case to case. For side effects speak with your house programmer.
     
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  4. I'm With Her Mustawdgender: ⚧ for prison Self-Ejected

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    Hmmm, I might be thinking of speeding up the animations then, and not optional VA.
     
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    I'll probably do the same thing as I did in the first one and turn off voice entirely :salute:
     
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    Hope people don't have any more stupid illusions of Larian being """our guy""" after this.

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    Edit: CyberWhale confirmed for delusional fanboy noob with no life.
     
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    Should've just stuck to voicing key lines.
    Now the custom campaign content will feel terribly out of place if you do a playthrough on a voiced vanilla game.
     
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    I've come to hate reading in games.

    I don't know why but reading the text of Divinity:OS made my eyes glaze over in pain. It was the single biggest impediment to getting into what turned out to be a really great game. So maybe having some voice overs to save me the hassle of all that reading nonsense will be a good thing. Though all the recent text-em-ups I've played like Serpent in the Staglands and Numanuma may have cracked the calcification of my brain a bit.
     
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    I've always hated this. Especially in Oblivion, where modders decide it's a good idea to add their own voice because they aren't able to use the original voice actors. Midas magic comes to mind. I remember installing Midas and hearing "and this mod is dedicated to my beautiful wife" in the worst recorded instance of voice acting ever. I immediately closed out and uninstalled the mod. I refuse to use any sort of quest mod in these types of games because it's either shitty voices added in or no voice, in which case the character is just standing there staring at you blankly with no expression on his face (at least in the case of ES games). Although it might work better in Divinity: OS2, since it's an overhead perspective
     
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    Been out-of-the-loop for quite a while, do you have a ballpark figure? Something Larian said, suggested or at least good old rumour?
     
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    Update 43 'Undead' is out.
     
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    People need to realise that RPGs can be average, not good or bad.
     
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