Baldur’s Gate was one of my formative PC gaming experiences. I have vivid memories of sitting in the glow of my old CRT monitor on a Friday evening after school, dungeon crawling until the sun rose. I’ve never been one for misty-eyed nostalgia, but last week I felt compelled to reinstall it. It was almost midnight, and I had work the next day, but I didn’t think I’d be playing for long. Just enough to sate my nostalgia. Three hours later and I was still up. Its claws are in me again—almost 16 years after I first installed it on my old beige Pentium II—and, surprisingly, it still holds up.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
A whole slew of new screenshots have just landed in time to remind you that Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is landing this Friday. All of the original art has been remastered into high-res, but the Dungeons & Dragons–based rule system and gameplay remains intact. The new edition also has four new allies and their various quest lines to explore, along with an arena challenge that focuses solely on tactical combat.
Here's a new trailer for Baldur's Gate 2, 2000's hottest RPG. Just pretend the last thirteen years never happened, and check out those tasty particle effects. After a successful roll against some unfortunate legal issues, Beamdog's Enhanced re-release of the BioWare classic is now preparing for launch. You'll be able to regather your party before venturing forth from November 15th.
Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition, an updated version of the classic BioWare RPG, is set to release November 15, according to the game's official website. Just like the reworked edition of the first Baldur's Gate, the sequel is set to include new characters, another Black Pits arena combat mode, and lots of work under the surface of the venerable game's interface and coding.
If Baldur's Gate had an undercurrent of politics and intrigue, it's nothing compared to the behind-the-scenes twists in the development of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. It was removed from sale for "contractual issues" at the request of a "publishing partner", later revealed to be Atari. Development of a planned patch was also postponed, and the possibility of an enhanced Baldur's Gate 2 slipping further into the shadows. Of Amn.
Now, it's back on sale, with its celebratory developers saying the outstanding issues are resolved, and news of upcoming releases will arrive soon.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, the attempted restoration of BioWare's classic RPG, has been removed from sale by developer Overhaul Games in light of contractual issues with the game's publishing partners. A statement by Beamdog/Overhaul president Trent Oster explains the situation - albeit in the vague manner of someone staring at a heavy pile of legal documents.
Beamdog president Trent Oster has given a status update on the sequel to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, saying that their upgrade of the classic Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn has already received multiple novels worth of added words. "We're hard at work on BG2:EE and it is going well," Oster told ShackNews. "Phil (our design lead) mentioned to me there is over 350,000 words of new content."
In a press release spotted by Ars Technica yesterday, Atari Interactive announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to "separate from the structural financial encumbrances of their French parent holding company, Atari S.A. (formerly Infogrames S.A.) and secure independent capital for future growth, primarily in the areas of digital and mobile games." The most recent PC title published by Atari was Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. It also handled most of the Dungeons & Dragons products in recent years, as well as the North American editions of the Witcher franchise.
Despite it seeming like Overhaul's Baldur's Gate overhaul would remain tied to the developer's Beamdog distribution service, the game has now gathered its party and ventured forth to Steam. Top news, right? Well, as it turns out, the Steam release may not be the most enhanced edition of the Enhanced Edition.
According to tweets by Trent Oster, BG:EE's Creative Director, "Atari did the integration for [Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition] on Steam, so it is a very basic setup. We were not involved."
Baldur’s Gate is still brilliant. I’ll say that now before your eyes drift over to that number at the bottom. Fourteen years on, BioWare’s first RPG – an isometric, text-heavy epic with sprites for graphics and an almost bewildering 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons ruleset – still provides an expansive and enjoyable experience.
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Creative Director Trent Oster talked to us recently about Overhaul Games' remastering of the classic BioWare RPGs, as well as the notable possibility of a new Baldur's Gate game. Another highlight from the interview was Oster's comments about the volume of writing in Baldur's Gate, an Atari localization meltdown over Neverwinter Nights' 1.2 million words, and how some fan translations made it into Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, beating out professional contractors.
Earlier this week I chatted with Beamdog and Overhaul Games' Trent Oster, the BioWare veteran who's heading up development of Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. The full transcript will be posted next week, but in the meantime, Oster had some interesting remarks regarding the possibility of a new game in the Baldur's Gate series, which ended in 2004 with the cancellation of Baldur's Gate III.
The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate is due in a little over two weeks, but the expandening of BioWare's classic RPG series won't stop there. In an interview with the Red Bull website of all things, creative director Trent Oster confirmed that “we are committed to doing Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition."
Overhaul Games' revisit to Faerun in Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition took a knockback spell to its planned September launch from the inn it's resting in, but in a tweet sent yesterday, Creative Director Trent Oster said Overhaul expects a November 28 release for all platforms. "We're busting our butts to make the PC version awesome, and it is, so we're hopeful," he wrote in a separate tweet. "But there is no column for hope in a spreadsheet. I'd rather fill that column with awesome reality."
Imagine playing a bit of Baldur's gate with a friend sat a hundred miles away on their couch playing along on an iPad. That combination of futuristic cross-platform sorcery and D&D-fuelled nostalgia will become a reality this September when Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives. "Bgee will have co-op multiplayer and will work across platforms" tweets creative director Trent Oster. "iPad can play with Android, Mac and PC. On happy gaming family:-)" D'awww.
According to the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition site, there will be matchmaking for multiplayer sessions, which will presumably lump characters together based on their level. It's available to pre-purchase now for $19.99. Buying early will let you pre-load the files and jump in as soon as the Enhanced Edition is released on September 18. But how does it look? Check out the screenshots below to find out.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is all countdown timered out, and today we have a release date, September 18; a price, $20 USD (~£12.74 if directly converted); and a list of additions and upgrades. The game will run on a modified version of its original Infinity Engine, and will include three new party members and a new adventure, The Black Pits.
There's going to be more to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition than you remember, though Beamdog/Overhaul's Trent Oster wants to be clear on a couple of things before anyone reaches for the torches, pitchforks or giant banners with the word "BETRAYAL!" in someone else's blood.
But what could possibly be added to Baldur's Gate? We have a few ideas...
Beamdog boss Trent Oster has been throwing out tidbits of information on the upcoming Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate in a flurry of activity on Twitter, spotted by Shacknews. They suggest that Beamdog's updated version of Bioware's RPG classic will feature a raised level cap to provide a bit of extra headroom for the new quests.
The enhanced edition will feature a few new characters, too. The search for voice actors is already underway, and Oster even teases the possibility that Jim Cummings could return to reprise his role as Minsc. But who will play Boo?
Following an enigmatic, tedious countdown timer (that broke the website upon expiring for 40 minutes and counting), Overhaul Games has announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
BG and BG2 have been available on GOG.com for awhile, so what'll this contribute? According to the developer, original game content. Overhaul Games told Joystiq: "This is the Enhanced Edition, it's not a repackage. We have the original source code and are doing a significant update." I've separately reached out to the developer for more information.
Right now, the game's announcement page is still busted, so I'm not sure whether to tell you to keep F5ing or not. I'll update with any additional information as we receive it.