What is « Divine Divinity » ?
« Divine Divinity » is a PC computer role-playing game. In it,
you take control over either a male of female character whom
you guide through a highly interactive fantasy world. The goal
of the game is to unleash the Divinity in you. You do this by
developing your character in a variety of ways, combating enemies
and solving numerous quests.
When is it going to be released ?
Germany: Released on august 2nd
UK: September 13th
Benelux and France: September 20th
Rest of Europe: Late September
Asia: Q4 2002
How many CD-ROMs does Divine Divinity occupy ?
The game comes on three CD-ROMS. There are two install discs
and one play disc.
What are the minimum system requirements for playing Divine
The minimum specs to be able to play the game well are a PII
450Mhz with 128Mb of RAM, 8MB of video memory, a 4X speed CDROM
drive, a 100% Directsound compatible soundcard, and 1.7GB free
What resolutions are available in Divine Divinity ?
Divine Divinity supports three resolutions: 640x480, 800x600
and 1024x768. Much depends on the quality of your graphics card
and the configuration of your PC. Additionally, there is an
“unofficial” way to run the game in resolutions of up to 1600x1200.
What graphic drivers does Divine Divinity support ?
Divine Divinity supports Direct3D, DirectDraw, Glide and Software
In what languages will I be able to play Divine Divinity
Currently Divine Divinity is being produced for release in English,
German, French, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and
Japanese. More languages are likely.
Can I save at all times when playing Divine Divinity ?
Yes. Furthermore, you have a quick-save and quick-load key for
Is Divine Divinity based on an existing universe ?
No. Divine Divinity introduces a brand new fantasy universe.
Will there be add-ons/sequels for Divine Divinity ?
Yes, but no official statements are available at this time.
Does the game support multiplayer ?
No. Divine Divinity is a single player game.
Is there a playable downloadable demo of Divine Divinity?
Yes. There is demo circulating which was released in February
2002, containing old code. We will be releasing a new demo shortly.
How large is the demo ?
The demo is around 400Mb.
What happens if I download Divinity from a warez site?
Your computer blows up.
What types of player characters are available ?
There are three major ways in which the player can develop his
character. These are: the way of the survivor, the way of the
warrior and the way of the wizard. When starting the game the
player needs to select the initial way in which he wants to
specialize, as well as the gender of the character he’ll be
playing with. These options decide what the in-game representation
of the player will look like. There are six different representations
for the player character, three male and three females. The
appearance and the animations of the player character change
depending on what he or she is wearing. Additionally, depending
on the initial way the player selected, he gains an extra special
move which he can also develop. On a sidenote, there are almost
one million frames which have been rendered for the player characters
alone. (the actual number is 6 times 165000)
Can I select a different portrait for my player character
and can I include my own picture ?
Yes. Each player character representation has different portraits
associated with it. We are looking at the possibility of allowing
you to import your own player character picture.
How does the skill system work ?
The player is capable of developing his character by researching
a number of skills. There are 96 skills available to the player.
These are divided in three groups of 32 skills which correspond
with the three ways. Each way is then subdivided in 4 paths.
Paths group skills which are closely related to each other.
To learn a skill, the player must research it. Each skill has
a cost associated with it expressed in experience points. Some
skills also have a number of prerequisites which are required
if the player wants to research the skill. To research a skill
the player must first select the skill, and then earn a number
of experience points which equals the cost of the skill. If
required, the player must also satisfy the prerequisites of
the skill. The available skills are balanced in such a way that
there are different ways of playing the game, going from pure
hack and slash to the more traditional approach of pen &
How does the player develop his character ?
The player can develop his character throughout the game by
means of boosting his primary stats and researching skills.
The primary stats consist of strength, intelligence, constitution
and agility. In order to increase one of these stats, the player
needs to increase his level. To do this, he needs to acquire
experience points. In addition to the primary stats, there are
several secondary stats which are either derived from the primary
stats, or influenced by other aspects of the game (like the
items he is wearing). The secondary stats include various resistances
as well as offense/defense modifiers and hitpoints/mana levels.
How does conversation with other characters work ?
Whenever another character says something, the player can select
from a list of answers. While talking to a character, the player
can at all times interrupt the conversation or enter trade mode
with that character. Additionally, the player can at all times
review past conversations. A lot of conversations are also worked
out in speech, but not all.
Why don’t all the characters have speech ?
The surprisingly simple answer is that there’s too much that
they can say. The dialogs are very dynamic, and adapt to the
circumstances. It would be impossible to fit all the variations
on a few CD-ROMS.
Are there a lot of conversations in the game ?
Yes. There are currently more than 300 different npcs in the
game with whom you can talk.
I don’t like to read. Do I have to go through all those conversations
No. Divinity features an “exit dialog” button that you can almost
always use to get rid of conversations.
If I don’t read the conversations, how will I be able to
go through the story ?
A large part of the main plot gets told through in-game scripted
scenes. Additionally, when a conversation is crucial to the
main plot, or if you have to make a choice, you will not be
able to exit the conversation immediately.
Will I gain benefits from reading all the conversations ?
Yes. You will undoubtedly pick up more quests and information,
but the game is perfectly playable without going through all
of them. It’s really up to you.
How does trade mode work ?
Trade in Divinity is done through bartering. Both characters
involved in a trade show the wares they are willing to trade.
The player then selects what he wants, and shows what he is
willing to offer in return. Characters will accept or reject
a deal depending on a number of factors such as the player’s
actions in the past, their relation with the player, current
Are there special items the player can use to boost his character
Yes, plenty of them. There are eleven slots in which the player
can put items he wishes to wear. All items that fit in those
slots can boost the stats and skills of the player. There are
a lot of items that have been predefined, but the game engine
also generates special and rare items so in theory the amount
of special items the player can find is unlimited.
How does the player find special items ?
That depends. A lot of items can be found by searching the bodies
of slain enemies (or allies !), by stealing it from someone’s
house, or by just exploring. Additionally, some really special
items can be found by performing quests.
Can I enchant weapons and armour ?
Yes, you can charm items with a variety of charms. Some items
can contain more than one charm, making them rather powerful.
What’s this about a special move ?
Depending on the initial way the player selects, he gains access
to a special move which fits to the way.
What are the special moves ?
The warrior’s special move is extending his weapon and rapidly
rotating his body, doing significant damage to the enemies around
him. The wizard’s special move is swapping places with his target.
The survivor’s special move is sneaking.
How smooth are the animations of the player characters ?
Very smooth. Each player character has for every action at least
24 frames of animation per direction, and there are 20 directions
What magic spells are available ?
The magic spells fall under the skill system. The way of the
wizard contains 32 spells, split up in powers over matter, elemental
powers, spiritual powers and powers of summoning.
In addition to what the player character can wear, does he
have a backpack, and if so, is it limited in size ?
Yes to the backpack, no to the size limit. There’s no artificial
limit to what the player can carry with him, the only restraint
is his strength which decides on how much he can carry.
Can the player character run ?
Yes, he can.
Do the actions of the player character affect the way other
characters react to him?
Yes. Each character has an opinion of the player, and that opinion
plays an important role in the interaction between that character
and the player.
Can you give some examples of this ?
Bartering with somebody who adores you is much cheaper than
bartering with someone who’s grown to dislike you. If you managed
to turn someone against you, it’s even possible that they refuse
to speak with you. Luckily you can always bribe them if you
really need them to do you a favor. Also, somebody having a
good opinion about you can be helpful when you are caught stealing.
What happens if I steal something?
That depends on the situation. If nobody saw you doing the deed,
you’ll probably get away with it, but don’t go around flaunting
your stolen wares, or you might still get caught. If the opinion
of the character who spots you stealing is high enough, you
might get off with a warning, but if his opinion of you wasn’t
that good to start with, he might attack you or call for help.
If you are really unlucky, he might even call the guards.
What happens if the guards get called?
They’ll try to arrest you and throw you in jail. It’s up to
you to deal with that situation.
What happens if I buy Divinity in a shop and then put it
on a warez site?
The internet blows up and you’ll feel really guilty.
How do you control the player character ?
You either left click on a location or hold down your left mouse
button to move the player character. If you hold down your left
mouse button the player character will walk in the direction
you are pointing, and automatically negotiate obstacles. Depending
on how far the mouse cursor is from the player character, the
player character will either run or walk.
How do you attack ?
You left click on the enemy once. There’s btw no need to keep
on clicking like a madman once you clicked on your enemy, just
once is enough.
Is there a combat mode and a non-combat mode ?
Yes. And it’s relatively important too. If you talk to someone
holding your sword in front of his nose, that might cause a
different reaction than when you keep your sword hidden.
Are there hotkeys and can I assign them myself ?
Yes. You can easily assign different keys to different actions.
How do I use a skill ?
You select your active skill from your skill menu, and then
right click to use it.
Can I move objects ?
Yes you can. By holding your left mouse button over them and
dragging them, you can move objects which lie in the world.
Can I move everything ?
If it doesn’t weigh too much, or if it’s not stuck to something,
Can I use objects ?
Yes, you just left click on them. Depending on what the object
is, something will happen. You can for instance extinguish torches,
or open cupboards.
Can I combine two objects together ?
Yes, you can. You just drag one object over another object,
and if there’s an object combination possible, the two objects
will combine to form a new one. And there are really a lot of
object combinations in Divinity.
Can I break objects ?
While we do not promote vandalism, it’s possible, yes. You are
responsible for the consequences however.
Is there an automap ?
Two actually. One in-game minimap for a quick overview of your
current whereabouts, and one big fullscreen automap for planning
your journeys on.
Can I put markers on the automap and enter my own notes?
Are there teleporters for quick travelling ?
Yes – they exist in many forms.
Is there a quest log ?
Yes – it is located in your diary, a book which contains all
kinds of information and which is automatically updated as you
progress through the story.
What else is in this diary?
Besides the large automap and the questlog, you’ll find a history
of all the conversation you’ve had, a detailed description of
yourself and a log of all the creatures you’ve encountered together
with notes about them.
So what happens if I buy Divinity, make a copy of it and
give that copy to my friend ?
Your friend’s computer blows up, and you’ll have to explain
How large is the world ?
The world is over 20000 screens large.
How long are the load times for traversing between levels
There are no real levels in Divine Divinity, and there are no
real load times except at a few key points, but even those are
very short. It’s one big world which connects seamlessly.
How much monsters are there ?
Loads of them. There over 100 different monster types, but expect
to meet thousands instances of them.
Do monsters have their own behaviors ?
Yes – the intelligence level of the monster determines how they
act and fight. Some monsters or enemies are intelligent enough
to attack you as a group.
Is the only way of defeating monsters killing them ?
No, though it is usually quite an effective way. Depending on
the skills you choose to acquire, there are many ways of dealing
with your enemies.
What about non player characters, are there a lot of them
Yes – there are almost 300 characters with whom you can talk
and communicate. In addition, there are a lot of extra non player
characters who are just living their life in the world of Divinity.
Do the non player characters react to the actions of the
Yes, most of them do. Of course, if one of them is hanging with
his hands and feets chained, you can’t expect him to do a lot,
can you ? They definitely don’t just stand there around staring
at the wall.
Are there scripted scenes using the game engine ?
Yes. A lot of the plot movements get shown this way.
How about animals ?
Rats, birds, butterflies, cows, rabbits, cats etc… they’re all
I’ve seen reflections in the screenshots. Are they for real
Yes, they are. If you are using the direct3d driver, you will
also see that the reflection
moves (for instance ripples in the water).
What about environmental effects ?
Fog, rain, day/night changes, thunderstorms, they’re all catered
for. You’ll know when the sun is rising.
What’s the relation between time in the real world and time
in the game ?
Three real minutes correspond with one hour in real life, so
a full day takes half an hour in real time.
What about sound ?
There’s a lot of sound in Divine Divinity. Basically everything
which you expect to make sound, makes sound.
What about music ?
The soundtrack of Divine Divinity is very extensive. Furthermore,
it adapts to in-game circumstances, giving it a movie like quality.
Can I shapeshift ?
Yes you can. There are statues in the game which allow you to
do so by rubbing over them. You can even necroshift, which means
taking over the body of a dead character or monster, and walk
around in it.
Can I necroshift into a dragon ?
No :) Your level in the necroshifting skill determines how powerful
the creatures are in which you can necroshift, and dragons are
way too powerful.
But there are dragons in Divine Divinity ?
Do I need to identify objects ?
Yes, some objects need to be identified. However, if your identify
skill level is high enough, they get automatically identified
for you. The same goes for monsters. The better your monster
identification skill, the more you learn about their attributes.
Are there cinematic movies in Divinity ?
Yes, three of them. One movie is the introduction movie, the
second one is shown in the middle of the game and the third
one is shown at the end.
Can I summon creatures ?
There’s an entire skill path in the way of the wizard which
is devoted to summoning creatures who aid you in combat.
How do I heal the player character ?
There are many ways of healing the player character. There are
healing spells, healing potions, herbs with which you can create
healing potions, healers who can heal you, and there’s also
a skill called survival, which automatically regenerates the
player character’s health.
Can I steal objects ?
There’s a path of the thief in the way of the survivor which
is dedicated to the art of stealing, and causing other forms
of mischief, including setting up traps.
Can I recruit other people to aid me ?
Yes, there’s a skill in the way of the survivor called Leadership
which allows you to recruit non-player characters.
Can I make my own potions ?
Yes, if you have the alchemy skill, you can make a wide variety
of potions, each having their own effects.
Can I pause the game and give commands ?
Yes – there are a variety of options available to you when the
game is paused.