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Divinity: Original Sin announced, jettisons third-person view

Tuesday, 29th May 2012 00:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Larian Studios is going back to basics with the latest entry in the Divinity series, with a return to isometric view and traditional gameplay.

PC Gamer reports the newly-announced RPG is inspired by Ultima VII – an interesting switchback from 2009′s Divinity II: Eco Draconis and its third-person action feel.

Original Sin sounds much closer to a true sequel to the game which kicked it all off, and its plot begins immediately following events of Divine Divinity.

The game supports two player co-op and boasts two protagonists. The male character is a beefcake on the lam from “a lie of eternal torture” while the female is a resurrected murder victim with no memory of her past life. Between them, they’re pretty much Planescape: Torment.

In the best traditions of pen-and-paper RPGs, you’ll have a chance to argue with your co-op buddy over in-game decisions; if you can’t reach a meeting of minds, the outcome will be stat-driven. This tag-team focus continues into other gameplay aspects; players can split up, with one carrying on turn-based combat while the other wanders town and the field in real time. That’s neat, right?

This is probably the announcement Larian was teasing, so expect more details out of E3 2012 as well as through ongoing PC Gamer coverage.

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  1. TheWulf

    Well, colour me not interested. It was in Dragon Knight Saga that the series really started to shine – with its off-beat humour, the interesting mechanics of the dragon knights, and a stable of really likeable characters. I can’t understand why they’d step away from that.

    Oh well, there’s still Dragon Commander. But I can’t see me buying this. Sorry Larian, but your original Divinity game just… was not that great.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    @1
    I have to disagree. The whole Dragon idea from sequel and the expansion was a step back for the series IMO. Also, the change of gameplay from a classic isometric RPG to 3rd person action was pointless and forced.

    Since I LOVE Divine Divinity (Never could get my hands on Beyond Div :( ), I think I’ll give this one a chance. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint like Eco Draconis.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. voxelman

    Man there are so many old school cRPGs and turn based games coming it’s getting crazy.

    #3 2 years ago