Larian Studios have spent their development career working on the Divinity series, a history which has seen them dive into the traditional RPG-fair with Divinity II: Ego Draconis and RTS/political-sim hybrid Divinity: Dragon Commander. Their true success however came with Divinity: Original Sin (see my Verdict), an RPG with a highly interactive world to explore with some hardcore turn-based combat thrown in for good measure. It was a great game, and is set to become even better with an Enhanced Edition.
While development on the Enhanced Edition was first detailed on the official blog back in May, the in-game action was revealed this past week at Gamescom, check out the details in the video below.
This really is a massive overhaul for the game as Larian bring it to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This is a really smart move. One of the best games on the new-gen consoles at the moment is the port of Diablo III which came out along with the Reaper of Souls expansion under the Ultimate Evil Edition heading. That was a really enjoyable port of a traditional PC game, and I think Original Sin should see a similarly positive move over onto console territory.
It isn’t just the two consoles that will experience the delights of an improved version, all owners of Original Sin at the moment on PC will be updated to the Enhanced Edition, a version which features:
All characters are now fully voiced by AAA-voice actors
New quests, new characters, and new content
Entirely new gameplay modes and character builds
A heavily rewritten story with a brand new ending
Massively reworked visuals and sound effects
There will of course be more to be revealed in the coming month. I got quite far through Original Sin but didn’t get around to finishing it after coming up against one of the difficulty spikes which were my main bugbear with the game. There is hope in the distance though as the Enhanced Edition will come with two new difficulty modes: Explorer for those like me who want to enjoy the world and lore, and Tactician Mode for those more adept at the turn-based combat.