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Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition opens to the world on November 15

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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.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is back on sale, patch details coming soon

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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 3: Beamdog "still interested in the concept", despite legal troubles

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Last week, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was removed from sale after the game was cursed by the legal wizard. If you're wondering: he's summoned in times of messy contractual disputes between an unnamed publishing partner and the developer of a retouched version of a classic RPG. As a result, it was revealed that an upcoming patch for BG:EE, as well as work on Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition, was on hold. Now, Beamdog's founder Trent Oster has spoken about where that leaves the once planned Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition withdrawn from sale over "contractual issues"

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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.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition now available on Steam

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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: Enhanced Edition review

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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 2: Enhanced Edition due in 2013, work begins after BG ships

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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."

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition points sword at November 28 release

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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."

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition will have cross platform co-op

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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 to open further with new DLC

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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...

MDK2 HD trailer has six legged dog smoking cigar, threatens Canada

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Bioware's sequel to one of the strangest games ever made is getting a HD reboot. Space janitor turned war suited saviour of humanity, Kurt Hectic returns, this time accompanied by a six legged talking dog and and mad scientist Dr. (not Steven) Hawkins. The rebooted version will feature revamped textures, new art, improved lighting and rebuilt particle effects created by some of the original MDK2 devs. We spoke to Overhaul Games’ Trent Oster about putting the HD into MDK2 HD. It will be released this Wednesday October 12 exclusively on digital distribution platform, Beamdog.

More Damn Kharacters - Overhaul Games' Trent Oster on putting the HD into MDK2 HD

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Before Bioware became the RPG juggernaut it is today, it made a couple of action games - the mech combat sim Shattered Steel, and MDK2, the sequel to Shiny's surreal, phenomenally punishing shooter. A decade later, former Bioware man Trent Oster is returning to update the world of Max, Doctor Fluke Hawkins and Kurt... one of many backronyms created in those dark days when everyone thought games really could teach children to murder instead of merely making it look fricking awesome... and he's even started a brand new digital distribution service, Beamdog, to distribute it. Digitally!

I caught up with him to ask about both his two new companies - Overhaul Games and IdeaSpark - and why now is the time to bring MDK2's bizarre mix of comedy and shooting back to the world.