Gamescom 2011: Two Worlds 2: Pirates of the Flying Fortress Impressions

Two Worlds 2 is getting pulled off the shelves to make way for a new version that also includes this add-on. We got to see it at this year's Gamescom.

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Two Worlds 2 was a big success for publisher Topware, improving on its predecessor in terms of critical reception. The first expansion is nearly here--at the end of September, Topware will release Pirates of the Flying Fortress online across the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. At the same time, it will take all existing copies of the game out of retail and replace them with a new version that bundles POTFF as well.

The expansion is big, and according to Topware, it's taking Two Worlds 2 veterans 14 to 16 hours to complete, on average. While development of Two Worlds 2 was spread between making the game and taking care of the engine, the expansion has been all about the game. That means that the development team has been able to invest much more time on the artistic side, adding weather such as rain and fog and then patching these improvements back into the original game.

The team has also added in more polish, introducing cutscenes to help tell the story. Topware also looked at feedback, and fans of the original felt that boss fights merely felt like the same encounters they had with smaller enemies, but made bigger. They're addressing this with more strategic battles, such as the one we saw against a golem whom you need to slow down by first exposing his armour.

The development team also felt that the original game was a little straight-laced, so it's attempting to add more humour to the expansion. In one scene, you visit an undead bar featuring zombies, mummies, and skeletons. You need a proof-of-death certificate to get in, but once you enter and start to help them, they befriend you until you eventually get let behind the scenes and into the undead dance club.

Pirates of the Flying Fortress will be released in the US, the UK, and the rest of Europe at the end of September.

Discussion

11 comments
gonch818
gonch818

worth playing. i hope it has a nice plot to it

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

They sold me with a disc release of the complete thing.

zato_number_one
zato_number_one

I'm looking forward to this but the timing's not so hot--too many games this fall!!!! This one shoulda hit during the summertime drought. Oh well, better too many games than too few I guess.

June-GS
June-GS

"You need a proof of death certificate to get in..." -- this one got a chuckle out of me.

reavin81
reavin81

i new i held off buying this for a reson hurry up september wop wop

R083R70
R083R70

Looking forward to this not enough expansions or solid rpg's these days.

psycho75
psycho75

graphic improvement is good news,i hope they fix the blurry horizon...

colejd
colejd

I got it for Xbox 360, but I think I'll get it for PC and take the 360 version back.

zukiyama
zukiyama

i only rented it, but felt the game was a bit bland. seemed very linear to me.

topmostjameser
topmostjameser

Seems like a bit of a screw to anyone that bought the the original. Unless they sell the expansion separately as well or drop the price of the whole box.