RPGDot have posted an Interview with Swen "Lar" Vincke about Riftrunner, Larian Studios' second game set within the Divinity universe:
RPGDot: Do we start with our character at level 1 again or do we start with a character that has some powers already? And does the character have any special feats?
Lar: You start as a level 1 character - the soulforging which you go through at the beginning of the game weakens you significantly and strips you of your powers. We toyed around with the idea of letting you start with special powers and higher level values at start-up but decided that that would hinder the accessibility of the game. It's far better if you learn things gradually than if you have them all thrown at you immediately. Special feats need to be learnt through the game.