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Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plans? #343671
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I see a few games have come out w/ patches already, since Vista has been released. The Longest Journey (yes, the original TLJ) just got a new patch for Vista, so did Darwinia, and even Doom 3.

So, I'm curious, if anyone that has Windows Vista can actually run Beyond Divinity -- especially w/ the hassle of running it might come from it using StarForce.

Also, are there any plans for a patch for Beyond Divinity namely aimed at supporting it for Windows Vista?

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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343672
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Hi,

We are working on a patch to make the game run under Vista.

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Lynn

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343673
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Will this just be for Vista specifically, or will it be an upgraded patch for the other Operating Systems as well?

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343674
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The patch bascially removes the starforce copy protection.

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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343676
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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343677
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Quote:

The patch bascially removes the starforce copy protection.

Lar




That sounds excellent. Will our old savegames be still usable, or will we have to start over?

Sorry to pester.

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343678
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Hi, you can still use your old savegames

Please go here to grab the file.

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343679
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You ROCK!

(and so does the game! )

As an aside, you won't get in trouble from Starforce for removing them will you(if you signed a contract?)?

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343680
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This is fantastic news.

THANK YOU, Larian!!!



Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343681
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Starforce can not make companies to use the copy protection that they license, and as long as they get paid, probably are not terribly concerned about doing so anyway. The game publishers, on the other hand, do have a say in what and if copy protection is used; presumably Larian has cleared this patch with them. At some point the possible revenue loss (increased piracy) may be (and in this case apparently has been) outweighed by other problems (compatibility, PR, etc), so the publisher may not wish to object to removal of the copy protection even if they sill have the legal/contractual right to do so (if they see this as potentially good PR, may even encourage it).

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343682
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Quote:

Starforce can not make companies to use the copy protection that they license, and as long as they get paid, probably are not terribly concerned about doing so anyway. The game publishers, on the other hand, do have a say in what and if copy protection is used; presumably Larian has cleared this patch with them.



That would be my guess.

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At some point the possible revenue loss (increased piracy) may be (and in this case apparently has been) outweighed by other problems (compatibility, PR, etc), so the publisher may not wish to object to removal of the copy protection even if they sill have the legal/contractual right to do so (if they see this as potentially good PR, may even encourage it).



I don't think I've seen many copies of Beyond Divinity in my retail stores nearby, period.

Heck, is BD still in print by Hip Interactive in the USA?!?!?!?

Heck, here's my next question -- is Hip Interactive still even in business???

If the game's not in print any more, which would be a shame, there won't be too much of a loss at the retail outlets! :P There's no game to pick-up.

I do wonder who will publish Divinity 2. It could be possible a publisher might re-print DD and even BD -- or maybe even have a Special Divinity Collection box, and put it out right before they release Divinity 2.



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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343683
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Hip Interactive went out of business (and the UK publisher Digital Jesters isn't far behind), but Beyond Divinity is still available in online stores. Budget game publishers may have some retail presence, but I wouldn't expect a wide distribution.

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343684
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I do hope a similar patch would be made for ... although my hopes are low ...



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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plans? #343685
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I installed the patch this morning, and the Starforce did not load up. However, it still read 1.47 as the version number. It also experienced an "error" while I was exiting the game, and I never had a crash before. Not too big of a deal since it wasn't like I was saving a game or something, but I am curious if the patch would have caused it?

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Alrik, does DD have a problem running under Vista? If so it is not due to copy protection (with the latest patch, or updated re-release game version, a configuration file edit (here) will eliminate the need for the play CD, except for the blessing ceremony and end game videos).

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Larian cant thank you enough for the update and what you did.. But might i get the answer of why it took you so long to remove starforce after months and months of complaints from many different people?

Thanks anyway and i hope you NEVER use SF again

Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343688
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Quote:

Larian cant thank you enough for the update and what you did.. But might i get the answer of why it took you so long to remove starforce after months and months of complaints from many different people?

Thanks anyway and i hope you NEVER use SF again




Maybe contract issues w/ StarForce and/or their publisher????

Maybe they were obligated to use StarForce for so long.

Who knows.


Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343689
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In Antwort auf:

Alrik, does DD have a problem running under Vista? If so it is not due to copy protection (with the latest patch, or updated re-release game version, a configuration file edit (here) will eliminate the need for the play CD, except for the blessing ceremony and end game videos).




No, I don't even have Vista. I think into the future.



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Re: Beyond Divinity On Vista? Any Vista Patch Plan #343690
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Any plans to release a Russian version of patch 1.49? Many people in ex-USSR waiting )

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