Larian Studios, the company behind the long-standing Divinity franchise, was at E3 this year to show two more titles within the Divinity universe. Both RPG at heart, Divinity: Original Sin is a dungeon crawler that acts as a prequel to Divine Divinity, while Dragon Commander adopts a bit of strategy in one prince's tale of conquest and revenge.
The backstory for Original Sin involves a tortured man who somehow comes across a woman recently resurrected from the dead (She sure doesn't look it.), and the two join up in search of answers to their respective pasts. We're assuming that their stories are actually intertwined in some way that neither the player nor the characters are aware of, but that's spoiler territory right there.
The game does support drop-in, drop-out co-op, in which the second player steps in as the female character. Even with the cooperative aspect, player choices are a big fixture in Original Sin, and both players (unless you're soloing) will get to roll for dialogue initiative. Check out Larian's walkthrough for more gameplay goodness, including the in-game level editor:
Divinity: Original Sin | E3 2012 walkthrough - YouTube
Now Dragon Commander sticks to Larian's beloved RPG genre pretty closely, but the game also throws in a heavy dose of strategy. Here, players take on the role of a dragon knight and prince, and the main goal is basically world domination.
Every match could lead you to victory or defeat and alter the influence on the overworld map, but there are other ways of winning allies. During the E3 demo, we actually saw a dwarven territory go down, but in a gesture of goodwill, the dwarven king offers his own daughter as a peace offering. Agreeing to this marriage would gain the player a bonus with the dwarves, but it lowers his reputation with elves, since he's actually already married to the elven princess at this point in the game. So what's a guy to do? Well, that's entirely your call.
Both games actually look fairly promising, though I was left wondering if some of the overt sex appeal was really necessary. The elven princess apparently can't quite keep her dress on, and in Original Sin, Lara seems to have completely lost most of her armor. Well, who actually needs their vital organs anyway?
Expect both Divinity: Original Sin and Dragon Commander early next year.