Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Kickstarter

Screenshots, trailer released from Underworld Ascendant prototype

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Following last spring’s successful Kickstarter campaign, OtherSide Entertainment has released the first look at their sequel to Ultima Underworld, Underworld Ascendant. The studio, founded by Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath, has released screenshots and a trailer from the prototype. The footage follows an unarmed rogue facing off against a Shadow Beast guardian after stealing an artifact. The final version is planned to include three factions (Dark Elves, Dwarves, and “mushroom people”), the Improvisation Engine for greater freedom in solving puzzles, three intertwining classes (fighter, mage, and thief), and extended lore penned by Tracy Hickman.

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Divinity: Original Sin II team to get assistance from Chris Avellone

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Chris Avellone has joined Divinity: Original Sin II’s development team. Avellone, fresh off the crowdsource-backed hit Pillars of Eternity, has joined as a contributor. Specifically, he has been brought on to “develop and write at least one of the playable origin stories.” And in more Divinity news, TwitchCon attendees can get some hands-on time with the latest built at Larian’s booth, #7, located in the IndieZone.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 unlocks new stretch goal, more added

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 has unlocked a new goal after passing $1.5 million in funding. The game will now be released with a new playable area, the Hall of Echoes. The hall is located in a space between reality and the void. Along with the announcement was news of additional stretch goals, including dedicated mod support, a more involved dynamic relationship system that allows for romance, and a Game Master Mode that includes an in-game editor. A new video was released to detail the new unlocks. If you have any lingering questions, give Larian a shout at the upcoming reddit AMA on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (CST).

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter passes $1.2 million, Undead added

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Larian has announced that the Undead have been added as the fifth playable race in Divinity: Original Sin 2. They are being added as a fulfillment of a stretch goal for the game’s ongoing Kickstarter campaigned for having surpassed $1,200,000 in funding. The studio released a video, below, detailing the latest addition. Also, for those wanting to see the game in action, a livestream event has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, at 2 p.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter campaign gets new goals, rewards

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Larian has rolled out new stretch goals and bonus rewards for Divinity: Original Sin 2’s Kickstarter campaign. The goals are for the Strategist Mode, additional backer-chosen Skill Trees, unique Racial Trees, an Undead Origin option, and a new location, Hall of Echoes. But wait! Strategist Mode has already been unlocked. Two new rewards are also on offer, with backers who pledge at least $125 receiving the Digital Developer’s Diary and everyone who pledges over $200 receiving a signed piece of concept art.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter campaign now live, new screens up

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Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter campaign went live earlier today, and has already accumulated hundreds of thousands towards their goal of $500,000. The sequel will once again feature turn-based combat, multiplayer, and a classless progression system. Up to four players will be able to play through the campaign together, and be capable of switching between co-op and competitive play throughout the story by putting the party or their own goals first. Character origins, actions, birthplace, and reputation will also alter how non-playable characters react to their presence. Campaign backers will be able to select from several Kickstarter-only rewards, including custom art, multiplayer packs, a special collector’s edition, and other extras. All backers can give feedback to Larian, and everyone who puts down $25 or higher will receive alpha and beta access.

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Gryphon Knight Epic takes to the skies, out now for PC

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Cyber Rhino Studios has released their 2D shooter Gryphon Knight Epic. As Sir Oliver, players take to their mighty gryphon, Aquila, to battle through eight levels and duel against former friends who are now enemies of the land.

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Divinity: Original Sin II announced, hitting Kickstarter this month

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Larian Studios has announced that Divinity: Original Sin II is in development. As with the original, the studio will be turning to the fans via Kickstarter to help fund the final release. But before the campaign begins on August 26, Larian is allowing potential funders the chance to vote on the campaign’s rewards. As to why the studio is returning to crowdfunding, Larian founder Swen Vincke wrote in a blog post that, among other reasons, the feedback from backers and Steam Early Access players proved invaluable during development. And as to what they have planned, he uses the example of Baldur’s Gate 2 in comparison to Baldur’s Gate, in that the sequel will offer more and better content due to the team not having to focus on developing an engine.

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Gryphon Knight Epic to take to the skies August 20, new trailer up

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Cyber Rhino Studios has announced that their upcoming fantasy-inspired 2D shooter Gryphon Knight Epic will be available on August 20. A new trailer was also released, showing Sir Oliver taking to his majestic, magical gryphon to rid the land of marauding monsters and their airborne masters.

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The Bard’s Tale IV reaches $1.25 million Kickstarter funding goal

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After recently announcing that the original trilogy has been added as a tier reward for Bard’s Tale IV’s ongoing Kickstarter campaign, inXile has sent word that they’ve met their funding goal. During the weekend, pledges surpassed the $1.25 million mark. Upcoming stretch goals include an enhanced companion NPC system and two more CNPCs at $1.3 million and an enhanced crafting system at $1.35 million.

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