Divinity: Original Sin 2

While the focus is very much on Baldur's Gate 3 right now, developer Larian Studios has promised a return to its original fantasy universe, but after a well-earned break. The studio earned its spurs in the eyes of RPG fans with the Divinity: Original Sin series (mostly on PC), beginning something of a roleplaying renaissance with the almost-universal acclaim garnered by Divinity: Original Sin 2 in particular. It's been working on BG3 since 2017, in some form or another, and the results are intimidating in the best way.

D: OS2 had the happy addition of being a commercial success beyond the Belgian developer's expectations, which helped to catch the all-seeing eye of Wizards of the Coast. That entity holds the rights to the official Dungeons & Dragons license, the holy grail of fantasy roleplaying settings, but most crucially of all, is the keeper of the keys to the long-dormant and legendary mainline Baldur's Gate series.

Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn is a nearly flawless RPG on the level of a Chrono Trigger in terms of impact. The kind of unique gaming confluence that comes around but very, very rarely. If this is all news to you, and you're wondering why your venerable gaming elders are so animated all of a sudden, it's because the stars appear to be aligning once again.

Knight Commander Swen Vincke (who seems like a fun boss) recently sat down with IGN to discuss an eventual return to Rivellon, stating:

“It's our own universe, so we're definitely gonna get back there at some point. We'll first finish this one [Baldur's Gate 3] now and then take a break because we will need to refresh ourselves creatively also. You’re seeing 400 developers putting their hearts and souls into this. You’re getting the best of them and their craft into this game. And so I can tell you, it's quite a thing.”

Take some time off for yourself in the comments section below, and some time off work to play Baldur's Gate 3 as well; your boss will definitely understand.

[source ign.com]