When asking the community what kind of stretch goals they wanted to see, one of the most popular was picking up the talented Chris Avellone onto the team as a writer, and they did just that without the need for a stretch goal.
While working at Interplay, Avellone led development of the Dungeons & Dragons based Planescape. Chris Avellone is also known for his work with Obsidian Entertainment, co-founding the studio after leaving interplay, with credits on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights 2. He was also senior designer of Fallout: New Vegas, as well as narrative designer of the fantastic crowdfunded title Pillars of Eternity. Chris Avellone announced his departure from Obsidian earlier this year, but it doesn’t look like he’s been short of work.
After seeing how much people wanted to have Avellone work on Original Sin 2 Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios, developer of the Divinity series, sent a tweet to Chris and the two met up at PAX Prime to discuss the possibility of working together.
“This is the first time I think the community is responsible for bringing two developers together who might not have crossed paths… and especially for such a great project,” said Chris. “I have a lot of respect for Larian Studios, Swen, and Divinity: Original Sin; it’s one of the best game Kickstarters ever. I met Swen at PAX Prime, talked about RPGs for hours, and at the end of it, it was clear we were on the same page. Now? We’re primed to do something great, and I’m proud to be part of it.”
Swen, is a big fan of Avellone’s work and was delighted to learn of his enthusiasm for the project.
“It’s a huge honor to have one of our favourite developers on board for the game,” said Swen. “Chris’ credentials are sterling, so of course I was very nervous about showing him what we’d been working on. When it turned out that he was enthusiastic about it, I was absolutely giddy! It’s a real honour to have one of the masters on board to help us improve our narrative and characters—I honestly can’t wait to get started.”
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter is minutes away from crossing off its next stretch goal at 1,650,000 for dedicated mod support, but with 4 days left, and Chris Avellone on board I doubt it will be the last stretch goal they will hit!