[In which I discuss how the final preparations for E3 are going ]
After two months of preparations and I don’t know how many late nights, the moment of truth has finally arrived – Larian is in LA, ready to present its new games to a crowd of opinion makers, industry veterans, expert gamers and occasionally of course also a couple of idiots
We’ve discussed what we’re going to show a zillion times, rehearsed the presentations intensively and in less than 24 hours we’re going to be doing those presentations every 15 minutes for 3 days in a row. Not that we’re complaining because we’re having a lot of fun, but it did cause a bit of stress from time to time.
We took Thomas with us, our inhouse video guy, so if you want to have a behind the scenes look, check out the footage that we’ll hopefully be posting each day. I say hopefully because we’re hopelessly jetlagged & have (contrary to popular opinion for the ones we left behind in Belgium) been working pretty hard ever since we arrived here last Friday. Also, Thomas is not very good at his job
The first piece from Thomas details the preparation process we’ve been going through, and illustrates how we’re trying to deal with a schedule that has us trying to present two pretty complex games in presentations of two times 15 minutes (one slot being for Divinity Dragon Commander and another slot being for Divinity Original Sin). We ultimately got both demos down to 12 minutes or so, but we’re pretty sure that that timing is going to get us in a whole lot of trouble the moment one journalist arrives late , something that is inevitably going to happen. We’ll be filming the presentations during the show, so you’ll be able to see exactly how much trouble.
I’m not sure about the rest of the team but I actually had fun during the preparations these last days because I got to roleplay some of the more “interesting” characters in this industry, the goal of the exercise being that the presenting teams wouldn’t lose their cool when confronted with some of the quirks and eccentricities of these people. At this point, I think they’ve been drilled so hard that even if you drop them from a plane right above an excited volcano they’ll still be able to say “Hi my name is David & I’m going to present you…”
Anyway, enjoy the movie. It’s a bit long but there’s a small competition at the end of the video through which you can win a Divinity: Original Sin T-shirt. In case it’s not clear, you need to figure out how many Divinity: Original Sin concept arts there are on the wall and mail the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first one to get the right answer gets the T-shirt.
Also, we have some TV’s (the ones you see in the movie) that we want to give away to our US fans because we’re not going to take them back with us to Belgium. Anybody who wants one of four 46” inch Sony Bravia TVs and who can make it to Venice beach LA this Thursday evening, send a mail to email@example.com and we’ll sort something out.
Here’ the link to the movie