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Larian Studios Announces Riftrunner
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Belgium-based Larian Studios has announced Riftrunner, the second game based on the popular Divine Divinity universe. The company expects to release the PC version in the last quarter of 2003 and a Mac version in 2004.

Back in March, the company announced that e.p.i.c. Interactive would be porting its first game, Divine Divinity, to the Mac and is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year.

Here's more from the official PR:

Larian Studios today announces the first details of their upcoming RPG, Riftrunner. Based on the award winning fantasy universe first introduced in Divine Divinity, Riftrunner is set to capture the imagination of RPG players yet again, and provides a strong stepping stone for the planned extension of the Divinity World.

Development on Riftrunner secretly started last year and has been borne by the demand from the legion of Divinity fans. Development is nearing completion, and the timing is set for the official announcement. Riftrunner will be part of the growing Divinity Universe, which will also include Divinity 2, later next year.

Divine Divinity won awards and accolades worldwide after its launch in 2002. Its huge fantasy world, strong storyline, unparalleled levels of interactivity, and unique character development system captured the hearts of RPG players. The feedback from these players convinced Larian Studios that their efforts were worthwhile, and they should continue.

Swen Vincke, Project Leader, says, "Riftrunner is a continuation of the Divinity Universe. We've had thousands of true fans that loved Divine Divinity, who came to our forums and voiced their appreciation, and subsequently have craved for more. Riftrunner has been developed with these fans in mind."

Using an enhanced version of the Divinity engine, and incorporating suggestions from the fan base, Riftrunner focuses on the strengths of its predecessor. Featuring a strong and compulsive storyline, a random quest generator, a new and unlimited character development system, and the unique interactive environment, Riftrunner is appealing to the true RPG fanbase. Other enhancements include 3D character animations, a new combat system and the introduction of a party. The main focus during Riftrunner?s development was to extend the RPG experience and universe.

For more info on this game, as well as screenshots, head over to the official Riftrunner web site.


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