Obsidian's Baldur's Gate III almost a reality years ago

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#1 Posted by Lucianu (9520 posts) -

"We were talking to Atari, and we started talking, and oh my god this was like the Cherokee Trail of Tears pitch," he said. "They asked in 2007 if we wanted to do Baldur's Gate 3, and I'm like 'Yes, if you guys are serious about it.' They were like, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'If you'll put a real budget behind it: it can't be $10 million, it needs to be $20 million, $25 million. If you really want to do this, then you need to put a real budget behind it. You need to give a budget that BioWare would have to do a Mass Effect or whatever. It has to be a real budget.'"

Atari was hesitant, but they said they'd think about it. A few months later, in early 2008, they came back to Urquhart and gave him the okay, saying they really wanted to get the game done. "They were like 'OK, we really wanna do this, we feel we can get funding, we feel this we feel that, so let's start talking about it,'" Urquhart told me.

So in April, Obsidian started putting together a pitch for Baldur's Gate 3.

"That pitch, over the course of six months probably went through thirty revisions," Urquhart said. "I personally had probably spent 80, 100 hours just me on that one pitch, answering every question and asking everything and working on the budget."

Then Atari and Obsidian started working on a contract, which they had negotiated in full by the end of 2008. It was all set. Ready to be signed.

"And then we came back from break and they were like, 'Okay, well this is going on, that's going on - we're real close. We should be able to sign it real soon and get it to you.'"Obsidian

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#2 Posted by themajormayor (25949 posts) -
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#3 Posted by Masculus (2877 posts) -

A shame...

But sometimes things are best left in the past. I'm just glad Bioware doesn't have the rights to do it.

#4 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
Damn... almost. Who knows, maybe one day.
#5 Posted by locopatho (20438 posts) -
Baldur's Gate saga is complete surely. Think it should be left as it is.
#6 Posted by rilpas (8222 posts) -
As much as I love Obsidian I have to agree with:
Baldur's Gate saga is complete surely. Think it should be left as it is.locopatho
this. The saga is done, if you want to create a new game inspired off of Baldur's Gate that's fine. But a Baldur's Gate 3? why? what's the point? If you want to use the city of Baldur's Gate then use it, but what's the point in associating it with Bioware's saga?
#7 Posted by Zurrur (1701 posts) -

They should continue baldur's gate dark alliance series, not the crappy PC one

#8 Posted by svetzenlether (3082 posts) -

They should continue baldur's gate dark alliance series, not the crappy PC one

Zurrur

Good god, you're dumb...

#9 Posted by MrYaotubo (2709 posts) -
Well,they now have Project Eternity exclusively for the PC so that makes up for it as far as I´m concerned.
#10 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (14737 posts) -

The biggest detriment to videogames is the fact that it's an actual business.

That's also the reason games get very little recognition when it comes to being an art form, artists don't usually have to appease to investors with a mult-million dollar selling title and instead can focus on their craft instead.

A F*cking shame man.

#11 Posted by Moriarity_ (1349 posts) -
[QUOTE="rilpas"]As much as I love Obsidian I have to agree with:
Baldur's Gate saga is complete surely. Think it should be left as it is.locopatho
this. The saga is done, if you want to create a new game inspired off of Baldur's Gate that's fine. But a Baldur's Gate 3? why? what's the point? If you want to use the city of Baldur's Gate then use it, but what's the point in associating it with Bioware's saga?

Pretty much sums up my thoughts. Obsidian is great but the saga's done and should stay that way.
#12 Posted by blackace (21228 posts) -
Hopefully it will one day get done. Everyone seems eager to do it.