Divinity II: Ego Draconis

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Divinity: Original Sin announced for PC and Mac

Divinity: Original Sin announced for PC and Mac

Top-down RPG sequel adds multiplayer.

A new entry in Larian Studios' Divinity RPG franchise arrives in 2013, the Belgian developer has announced.

Titled Divinity: Original Sin, it's set before the events of 2002 release Divine Divinity and takes the series "back to its roots".

It's a top-down turn-based RPG with full co-op multiplayer. Your party initially contains two characters - a recently reanimated female warrior and a condemned soldier who's apparently been suffering "years of agony and torture", poor chap.

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Divinity II: Ego Draconis

Divinity II: Ego Draconis

I put on my robe and lizard's hat.

Seeing as it's coming out in the same month as BioWare's recent dragon-themed RPG, and was produced with a fraction of the development time and budget, there was always going to be a scaly, fire-breathing elephant in the room when it came to Divinity II. It's not really a direct competitor - being an action-based, lone hero take on the fantasy canon as opposed to Dragon Age's tactical party management - but CDV's slant on Wyrm-hunting still sits firmly in the PR shadow of EA's game.

As such, it will probably go unnoticed by a fairly large portion of its target audience. This is a bit of a shame because Ego Draconis represents a decent stab at bringing some fresh ideas to a genre which has, in many respects, become staid and predictable.

Players take on the role of a Slayer, who belongs to an ancient order of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of the half-human Dragon Knights - generally considered to be bad eggs. You weigh in just as your training comes to a close and it's almost time to be imbued with the dragon memories which grant the Slayers their formidable powers.

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