Updated May 14, 2018: Today, Bandai Namco officially announced that Xbox One players can enjoy Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition early. Starting on May 16, Xbox Game Preview will give you instant access to the game's first three hours for free. Players can unlock the entire first act — around twenty hours of adventuring — by preordering the game.
Updated May 13, 2018: Xbox Wire removed the listing from the article. We reached out to Larian Studios on Twitter for an update and the team confirmed that the game was coming to Xbox Game Preview next week. More information, like pricing, will be provided on May 14 alongside the console trailer.
Just like the Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer, it seems like Microsoft accidentally leaked another announcement a few days early. According to a post on Xbox Wire, Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition will be joining Xbox Game Preview on May 16, 2018. It's unclear what the price will be as new Xbox Game Preview additions are usually heavily discounted.
Divinity: Original Sin II is scheduled to launch on consoles in August 2018 so an Xbox Game Preview release is a welcome surprise. Popular experiences like Conan Exiles and We Happy Few have been available to Xbox One players months — or even years — early as a result of this. Hopefully this trend will continue in the future with more and more great games.
According to developer Larian Studios, Divinity: Original Sin II gives players the freedom of a sandbox role-playing game (RPG), encouraging improvisation and experimentation, with rules made to be bent rather than followed. The game takes place in the world of Rivellon where gamers can go anywhere, talk to anyone, and fully interact with the world like no other experience. The game features six unique characters with proper backstories, personalities, and quests.
In our review of the PC version, we gave the game a perfect score and said that the masterpiece is "a polished, well-designed RPG, and through its phenomenal mechanics, astounding art, sound design and fantastic writing, it is sure to revolutionize the modern RPG genre."
Hopefully Divinity: Original Sin II will be a polished experience when it leaves Xbox Game Preview in the coming months. It's unclear how complete the Xbox Game Preview version will be and if it supports Xbox One X as the developer didn't provide any details. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more about the project on Xbox Game Preview.
If you don't want to wait for Divinity: Original Sin II on Xbox One, be sure to check out Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition on the console. Just like the sequel, it's a captivating experience which garnered tremendous critical acclaim at launch.
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