There's a great general question about multi-player in Divinity: Original Sin. However, as such, the answer(s) are rather general too. My question is more specific: about the formations.

Consider this situation, where me and my friend are playing a multi-player game (in this screenshot I, the secondary player, have just clicked the formation icon top-left):

party setup and formations

Note that I am the secondary player, i.e. the third character from the top, controlling the fourth character (an NPC) as a follower.

The formation icons are confusing for three reasons:

  • It shows four dots, even though I only control two characters (or do I?);
  • The formation setup is displayed linked to the main character (which I do not control);
  • My friend controls the main character, and has her own formation choice, which can be different from mine (but also has four dots).

How do formations work, especially in multi-player games!?


Presumably, the "formation" is for the character(s) you're currently controlling, even though the icon seems attached to the first (top left most) character.

Here's an annotated version of the icon:

formation square

With this formation, when you issue a move command:

  • The character you've selected will go to the spot you clicked on. This will be the 1 dot.
  • All linked characters will fill positions 2-4, going from top to bottom on the portrait list.

If you have only 2 characters, only position 1 and 2 will be filled. See for example this move command:

move command

With this result:

move result

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