THE QUEST CONTINUES
Larian Studios Announces Riftrunner, The Latest Adventure From the Divinity
11th June 2003: Belgium developer 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
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.
Riftrunner: The Quest Continues In Riftrunner, you become soul-forged with a
Death Knight. Your fate is to spend the rest of eternity bonded to this creature
of evil, unless you can undo this curse. You and your unlikely partner embark on
a great adventure to unlock the secret of rift-running your only answer to this
life of darkness.
Riftrunner is due for release in Q4 2003 for PC CD-ROM. A Macintosh version
will follow later.
Further information, new screens, and an FAQ can be found at www.riftrunner.com