Congratulations – you did it! RPG writing icon Chris Avellone has officially joined the team behind Divinity: Original Sin 2, fulfilling his destiny as the human stretch goal.
Before the studio launched its Kickstarter campaign to fund the sequel to 2014’s fantasy RPG, the developers asked the fanbase to suggest rewards and ideas that could be implemented. While the audience came up with some pretty crazy ideas, one of the most popular (with 953 votes!) was simple: Get Chris Avellone (Planescape: Torment, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas) to work on the game.
At least, it seemed simple. There was one problem though: Somehow, Larian and Avellone had never crossed paths, despite working in similar parts of the games industry.
After seeing what the fans wanted, company founder Swen Vincke hopped onto Twitter (of all places), and sent Avellone a message. The two met up soon after at PAX, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This is the first time I think the community is responsible for bringing two developers together who might not have crossed paths… and especially for such a great project. I have a lot of respect for Larian Studios, Swen, and Divinity: Original Sin; it’s one of the best game Kickstarters ever. I met Swen at PAX Prime, talked about RPGs for hours, and at the end of it, it was clear we were on the same page. Now? We’re primed to do something great, and I’m proud to be part of it.
Now, Avellone has signed up to help write and create “at least one” of the playable origin stories in Divinity: Original Sin 2.
Swen is also pleased:
It’s a huge honor to have one of our favorite developers on board for the game. Chris’ credentials are sterling, so of course I was very nervous about showing him what we’d been working on. When it turned out that he was enthusiastic about it, I was absolutely giddy! It’s a real honor to have one of the masters on board to help us improve our narrative and characters—I honestly can’t wait to get started.
Larian is currently at TwitchCon showing off Divinity: Original Sin 2, which still has three (3!) days left to go in its Kickstarter campaign. Rewards start from the warm fuzzies at $5, all the way up to a pretty hefty deal for US$10,000 (including having your name on the game’s title screen, a character in the game, a signed Collector’s Edition, and a mention in the credits…). If you just want a copy of the game, it’ll set you back at least US$27.