Following the launch of Divinity: Original Sin 2 on Steam last week, the game has become one of the most popular Classic Role Playing Games (CRPGs) on the platform.
The CRPG genre has been making a noticeable resurgence in recent years. It seems after the classics like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment had their time in the sun, there was a marked decline in isometric CRPGs with DnD based combat and huge epic stories with thousands of lines of dialogue and branching quests.
It wasn’t until 2012 when Wasteland 2 raised almost $3 million that the genre started to come back. It didn’t take long for other developers like Obsidian to Kickstart their own RPGs made in the classical style. Pillars of Eternity was hugely popular on Kickstarter as was InXile’s second big project, Torment: Tides of Numenera. Even Larian Studios’ Divinity Original Sin was funded on Kickstarter, bringing in just shy of $1 million.
Nobody expected a fully voiced, multiplayer RPG with an 80 story and a myriad of side quests along the way to turn a big profit but the success of the original game and Divinity: Original Sin 2’s insane numbers show a promising future for Larian Studios and other developers and fans of classic CRPGs.
Making a huge world that’s interesting to play through is surely no easy task but these developers have shown it can be done and there’s a fairly big market for it. Here’s hoping this recent resurgence is more than just a bubble and that it may continue for a long time.
Divinity Original Sin 2 released last week and is available to play on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.