Last updated on June 29th, 2018
Larian Studios have shared in a recent update some of the changes via their Kickstarter that will go into effect for the development of Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition. Bandai Namco confirmed earlier that they would be bringing the Definitive Edition to consoles on August 31, 2018.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition Dev Update
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition already an option for PC players, they can already choose between their original purchase and the newly added Definitive Edition, and can switch back to the original experience of the game if so desired.
In a developer’s update video they share some of the “thousands of changes” they have implemented for the complete edition. In terms of story, the narrative was the most criticised by fans of the game, the devs have now changed/tweaked almost 150,000 words of text and over 130,000 new words have been added along with voice lines to fix the original.
A new tutorial has been added to the game which entails a new deck and characters in the starting ship. Further work has been done to combat in order to smooth out and rework certain encounters adding some new surprises and new fights.
A new mode is another addition, story mode has been included which is assured to be an easier difficulty to Explorer mode. If you wish to change difficulties you can do so freely throughout the campaign. Further additions include performance improvements, musical scores and a new character called Squirrel Knight.
Those who pre-order the Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition will receive Sir Lora a mini companion you can recruit in-game. Those who own the Original Sin 2 on PC before the launch of the Definitive Edition will also receive Sir Lora.
The game has seen significant Graphical and UI improvements (including HDR support), all of which are coming to console. The developers also explained they were unable to port the Game Master mode, however, those who are looking forward to playing co-op will be able to experience split screen with two controllers.
There are some balance changes which you can read the rundown here:
- Economy changes – Updated prices of many items in the game. Unique items that were usually too valuable, armour prices now better reflect their utility in combat and the cost won’t vary so heavily.
- Damage – Now slightly been reduced on some of the three Source point skills. (Skills like Arrow Storm and Meteor Shower will still be powerful, but not too OP.)
- Totems – Can now gain intelligence as they grow in levels. This will help their damage output scale better towards the end game.
- Lone Wolf abilities and attributes – Can now be capped at the normal cap levels. Currently, Lone Wolves can increase their abilities and attributes past the soft caps of 40 and 10 respectively. In Definitive Edition, this will no longer be possible – you will only be able to double your points to the cap and not beyond.
- The Torturer Talent – Will now apply status effects through magic or physical armor.
- Difficulty of Persuasion Encounters – Arx have changed. Most of these encounters were unproportionally hard compared to the result.
- Underused skills – Have now been buffed: Petrifying Touch, Sucker Punch, and Infect are getting increased damage. Mosquito Swarm will have a shorter cooldown and and Door to Eternity will last longer.
- AI – Will be more likely to attack players with Damage Reduction abilities. These abilities usually resulted in the AI avoiding you rather than ever doing damage to the AI.
- High quality wands – Will now create surfaces.
You can watch the dev video update here:
Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition will be releasing on Xbox One and PS4 on August 31st, 2018. While PC players will already able to switch between versions. Those who already own Divinity Original Sin 2 base game on PC will receive the Definitive Edition as a free upgrade.
If you want more Divinity Original Sin 2 be sure to check out Divinity: Original Sin 2 PC Players Will Receive The Definitive Edition As A Free Upgrade. If you’re looking for some guides read our Divinity Original Sin 2 Party Combinations Guide, as well as build guides for Terramancer and Eternal Warrior (Death Knight Perfected).