Check out Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin – Kickstarter ending > 13 hours


If there’s a Kickstarter project you should be checking out and backing, it is most certainly Larian Studios’ newest RPG, Divinity: Original Sin. The Belgian developer launched their first Kickstarter in hopes to raise $400K for their upcoming prequel to the 2002 Divine Divinity. At this moment, they have already doubled their initial funding goal and looking to complete their last stretch goal that’s available at $1M. With less than 14 hours to go, they are a little more than $167K away from reaching it. Their last and final goal to integrate NPC schedules is certainly one that would add so much more depth into the game. If $1M of funding is reached, NPCs will go to sleep at night and the weather and moons will influence the NPCs and monsters’ activities as well as the schools of magic.

For those of you who have not played Larian Studios’ former games, their new installment is certainly one game that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially considering how amazing of an effort you can see from the developers’ consistent video updates. In fact with the countdown looming around the corner, many gameplay videos have appeared showing off the isometric cRPG. One earlier today was created with Destructoid’s Jim Sterling and Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios and director of Divinity: Original Sin, playing and showing of the unique cooperative dialogue system. Additionally, Total Biscuit and Jessie Cox each both did pre-alpha commentary videos which shows the stunning graphics and the turn-based combat. Also the world is highly explorable which in fact those who go off the beaten path and delve deeper into the game will be rewarded. In the video below, Swen explains a scenario where players are rewarded for exploring. So once I get my hands on the game, I will certainly try to find the city, The Black Cove, as Swen mentioned.

 

Larian Studios’ is even integrating more realistic combat by incorporating the manipulation of elements. As you can see in the screenshot below, the monster is frozen in place and the next spell used is a fire one, which naturally melts the ice and turns it into water. Additionally, if there was a lightning attack against a water doused opponent, the opponent would receive more damage since water can conduct lightning. Therefore if you are playing with a friend, you could freeze your opponent while your partner then burns them to create water and thus allowing your friend to then throw out a lightning spell to incite more damage against your enemy.

Along with a highly reactive world, deep character development, and a plethora of interactive items, the game will include drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer. Additionally, you aren’t required to follow your partner around, you may explore freely as well without being limited by your pesky comrade! With the unique dialogue system, you have your own voice and are not required to stick to the party leader’s idea. You can disagree with decisions which will ultimately affects your relation with your party members as well as your personal traits.

Therefore with such a great board of ideas, Larian Studios undoubtedly will be creating an immersive and unforgettable RPG once their funding is deemed successful in 12 hours. But it doesn’t end there with all these ideas. There’s even going to be a complete level editor available due to Larian Studios combined efforts with Valve’s Steam Workshop. Many fans will be able to create their own adventures (single or cooperative) and play them out and share them among their fellow Divinity enthusiasts. So never fear, if you finish the game, you can make your own level or enjoy endless adventures shared by others!

Hopefully some of the ideas, have opened your eyes to the developer, Larian Studios, as well as their great Divinity RPG series. Although the Kickstarter is ending very soon, you can still pledge now. Also if you don’t have a Kickstarter account, you can pledge at Divinity: Original Sin‘s official website using Paypal, which will surely be open for a few weeks after the Kickstarter ends like former Kickstarters have done.

If you are interested in the game, check out Divinity II: Ego Draconis and Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga both available on Steam to hold over your appetite. There is even a demo for Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for you to try! I know this is a such a small overview of Larian Studios’ great efforts and works, but seriously check out their Kickstarter and peruse their updates, which would leave you in love with the revitalization of RPGs.

Trine 2 to receive Goblin Menace DLC in the fall


Trine 2 will be receiving a DLC titled Goblin Menace. The brand new DLC like most DLCs will expand on the gameplay of the original game by introducing new levels along with skills available for the three classes. Check out the reveal trailer below for this new expansion which will hit in the fall for just Steam and Wii U (Trine 2: Director’s Cut). Eventually, the DLC will probably make it to the PS3 and Xbox 360, but there’s still no word on that, the release date, and price. Whatever the release date or the price may be, it looks wonderful in the vivid screenshots and is probably well worth the wait.

 

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation gameplay trailer highlights alligator wrestling and poison dart


Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation is probably one of the most anticipated PS Vita titles of this year. For the first time ever, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation follows a female protagonist named Aveline. Set in New Orleans, the new game will provide a little more background concerning the relationship of Connor and Aveline and how they came to know each other. Check out the latest screenshots below along with the new gameplay trailer.

Grid 2 announced with trailer


Grid 2 will be released sometime in 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The brand new installment will take players around the world from Chicago to Paris to Abu Dhabi. Additionally, it will be using the latest engine, Codemasters Racing’s Ego engine. The game will be playable at Eurogamer Expo 2012. Check out the announcement trailer and screenshots below.

 

Charles Leavitt to write World of Warcraft film


Sam Raimi left the World of Warcraft film to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now Charles Leavitt is reported as the new screenwriter. Leavitt previously had worked on the Blood Diamond script. Even more recently, World of Warcraft‘s upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria now has a release date that is slated for September 25th. The new title will be the second game released by Blizzard Entertainment this year.

 

The Sims 3 is getting another expansion


The Sims3 will be receiving a new expansion come this fall. The expansion will allow you to entertain yourself with snowball fights or participate in apple-bobbing contests. The new title call be called The Sims 3: Seasons which is fitting since the premise of the game is incorporating seasonal activities for your little Sims. Check out some screenshots below. Also The Sims 3: Supernatural will release on September 4th.

Outernauts launched on Facebook


Insomniac  Games’ Outernauts is now available  on Facebook. The new browser game is supposedly Pokémon in outer space. You can collect loot, train space monsters, and combat with them. You can get more information or play it here.

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