Baldur's Gate and sequel getting enhanced editions

Overhaul Games developing updated versions of classic role-playing games; original set to be released this summer on unspecified platforms.

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Baldur's Gate is opening again. Beamdog today announced it is at work on enhanced versions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II.

Baldur's Gate gets enhanced this summer.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is in development at Beamdog subsidiary Overhaul Games and is expected to ship this summer.

Details are thin concerning the project, but Beamdog's Trent Oster shed further light on the game via Twitter. He said Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is "going to have new content for the game you love, made by some of the original team members."

Additionally, the developer revealed that the enhanced edition will include the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. As for Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, it will include the Throne of Bhaal expansion and will ship at a later date.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will run on a "re-forged version" of the Infinity engine, said to boast a "variety of modern improvements." Overhaul Games will serve as publisher for both games, though platforms for the projects have not been announced.

"We're working closely with some great guys at Wizards of the Coast to ensure our work fits in properly," Oster told GameSpot. "Atari, WOTC, Hasbro, BioWare, and EA are all signed off. Took a while to pull that off, but it looks to be worth it."

The revival of the Baldur's Gate franchise was first hinted in late February, with the launch of a teaser countdown website.

Discussion

308 comments
JMcN76
JMcN76

Summer has only one month left...where's my Baldur's Gate?!

sfeld007
sfeld007

Baldurs Gate was and still is the best depiction of dungeons and dragons. It still gave the feel of playing with miniatures with less imagination involved, It required much less buttoning and more thought and strategy to win. With 10 more years of techologies worth of grafics and if the ipad is smooth and easy I could see investing in one just to play the enhanced additions of 1 and 2. A thought of a 3rd compelling story and new characters, possibly different stories for different characters would be epic and something I would throw money and opinions at.

DAUC
DAUC

Hey guys, I just started playing the original versions of Baldur's Gate, and I'm already hooked. But if the enhanced versions are coming out in the next couple of months then I might just wait & play them instead. So does anyone have any idea when exactly the enhanced versions are going to be released?

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Yes!! It's coming back to life!! Baldur's Gate

SupaTrupa
SupaTrupa

If you want to play the original games - then just play them instead, stop complaining!

colekhoo
colekhoo

If graphically, yes and other things, please dont change.

KodiakCS
KodiakCS

This will be interesting! Maybe BG in ME style (unreal engine)?

IAMTHEVIPQUEEN
IAMTHEVIPQUEEN

The joke is on "knifey"....for insulting others when he's wrong about the the game being developed for other platforms.

Ashywashywoo
Ashywashywoo

Trying to curb my excitement in case of massive disappointment :SS

Cray-Z-Canuck
Cray-Z-Canuck

@knifey They are also releasing it on the Ipad. No need to call people names.

perhow
perhow

I played baldur's gate 1, 2 and ToB right through again a few months ago and frankly, they don't need enhancing. Possibly the best games ever made.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@ cocremix Although I respect your opinion on the matter I must sharply disagree. NWN was not the pinacle. The Aurora engine needed some serious tweaking to make it better IMHO. Most of the fun in BG I and II was a real 6 person party and not you and a companion or two. If NWN had that as well as banter and the like (yanno the NPC in BG2 almost felt like real characters.) we'd be in agreement.

cocremix
cocremix

@Poodlejumper You don't need to get an updated infiniy engine for those features, they are at their best at bioware's Neverwinter nights(1)

tamimh
tamimh

what about renewing Planescape Torment ???? Best game ever!!!

Agent-M
Agent-M

These wonderful games were my first PC RPG's. I Hope the updates are well done.

GreyViper
GreyViper

Btw did they mention if comes with some kind of online DRM? Similarly like MDK2 EE did, its just I don't see this game needing one. @knifey PC is sure bet, other ones are up in the air. Its not far fetched, there is IOS conversion of Bg2 already and I don't see any issue porting it on PS Vita. Question is do they get funding from Atari for that?

knifey
knifey

@ScifiGuy7: they are releasing it on computer dumbass

ScifiGuy7
ScifiGuy7

My money is on Samsung Galaxy Tab, iPad, and PS Vita as the unannounced platforms. This type of game is highly suitable for touch pads. $$$ - why else would they bother?!?

sagara129
sagara129

Im curious as to how this will play out, but I dont mind playing Baldur's Gate again. I do hope they come out with a decent sequel to the series in the near future though.

glbbg
glbbg

[quote]"going to have new content for the game you love, made by some of the original team members."[/quote] I've heard that one before. Let's just wait and see the results.

Deugar
Deugar

I wonder how much of the core system will be "enhanced". Will this still be AD&D2 and will there be an attempt to balance the classes? That said I'm very intrigued by this :)

Daergard
Daergard

I don't know if these were the greatest games, Planescape: Torment is still probably top dog in my opinion, but I definitely loved these as well! Looking forward to it!

jwnyy21
jwnyy21

i wonder if i can run it on a netbook it would be such a win!

Xeogua
Xeogua

@Death_Masta187 No credit card, or I already would have.

Zergalisk
Zergalisk

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

Xeogua
Xeogua

Sweet, I've been wanting to play those, but I can't find them anywhere.

sortajan
sortajan

They need to leave the older games alone. All of the Infinity Engine games were perfect as they were. Stop messing with them.

RevengeNegative
RevengeNegative

will look forward to this! :D it has been way too long!

bamir0
bamir0

@jamyskis It means that the enhanced versions of the original "set" of games (ie BG1 and ToTSC) will be released this summer on "unspecified platforms" (ie PC, MAC, PS3 etc)

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@Shadow_Fire41 Yes they will. It was pretty much the first thing they said they'd update. Cannot think of a BG fan who wouldn't like that as long as they didn't mess with the gameplay too badly! Now if you're referring to a "3d update" you'll get some flack from some folks. I wouldn't mind it myself if (once again) it kept the 6 people party and gameplay the same. I am pretty sure they said that's off the table. Just in my fantasy land, I'd like to see an updated version of the infinity engine that allows for 1. PnP RPGs like D&D, WoD, Pathfinder, even Fantasy Flight's Warhammer and WH40K series to have their rules integrated.. 2. Easily modable/developable so as to allow smaller companies and even fans to make their own "modules" and "adventures" complete with easily creatable storylines and decision trees. 3. A full multiplayer so your friends can actually play one of the characters just as you can. 4. Bang. It's a REAL MMRPG. (No insult intended to any MMORPGs but really how much "Role-playing" is involved in WoW or SWTOR?)

strayfies
strayfies

Oh my god oh my god oh my god OH MY GOD.

jamyskis
jamyskis

"original set to be released this summer on unspecified platforms." It's already on GOG and GamersGate and has been for ages. Ah, I see: Because it isn't on Steam, it "doesn't count".

Emraldo
Emraldo

This is a fantastic idea, I can think of several other games I'd like to see get a graphics/UI overhaul to make them more accessible (HOMEWORLD).

mgfan09
mgfan09

Go for the eyes, Boo! I mean Overhaul Games! And just when I thought a summer would come when I could finally get a tan...

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

What would be sweet is if they include a "classic" mode you can switch to at anytime along with the enhanced version if you like it better.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I think game companies could learn a few things from the older games. I still think a high quality 2d game could sell if the game was long and good something games now seem to lack. You could even add real music which I guess is now not modern enough. Maybe change the combat system the pause issue commands combat is not very modern gamer friendly.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i wonder if it will update the graphics 'Baldur's Gate fans looking at me angrily' calm down, i'm not saying it's needed, just wondering out loud, graphics don't make a good game...........

miser_cz
miser_cz

I so hope they will leave original music intact. BG1 soundtrack is priceless gem!

_Roo_
_Roo_

Good luck guys!!!

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

 @DAUC By the end of September for BGI and sometime next year for II.

 

ScifiGuy7
ScifiGuy7

 @knifey I said "unannounced platforms." Unannounced means not announced yet. I'm sorry if you have down syndrome Mr Brainfart. If you check their website you will see that they have since announced iPad and Android as two of the previously unannounced platforms.

coliobeware
coliobeware

 @Deugar

 Yes its still the same core rules and all the classes up to the throne of bhaal are in BG I

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

 @Xeogua I'll tell you that you can buy them at GOG.com, but you should wait for the enhanced editions.  I'm following the company and they're talking about doing a BGIII if all this goes well.