Thursday, 15 March 2012

Remembering Forgotten Realms - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Announced

The end result of a Miniature Giant Space Hamster going for eyes.

It has been well ever thirteen years since the first instalment of the legendary Baldur's Gate series. BioWare's epic story of the child of a dead god set in the Forgotten Realms D&D world set the bar for character roleplaying adventure games. Over four years they released two games and two game-sized expansion packs, each of which gave easily over a hundred hours of gameplay for a single play-through, a feat which is impossible today.

At 7pm UTC a slavering audience gathered, expecting the announcement of a third full game. A countdown and the above seal-of-Bhall image over a background of the original character portraits from the first two games was brought down by interest about ten minutes before the hour. Then the site failed entirely, sometimes giving errors and sometimes nothing at all.

However the internet was soon flooded with proper games news websites telling us an email from Atari (the publishers) revealed the announced game is Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Developed by Overhaul Games, it looks to be an updated re-release of the origin game and it will be released in the nebulous period known as Summer. Does that mean it will be released 6 months later in the Southern Hemisphere? Probably. There are no further details at this time.

UPDATE: A developer representative contacted IGN directly (which sounds rather like cheating [/pout]). I could paraphrase or I could quote. Let's go with the later option, shall we?
"We're adding new original content in the spirit of the original game," the representative said, as well as "maintaining all the awesome that is Baldur's Gate." The team behind it will include new staff, as well as team members responsible for the original games. 
It was also confirmed that Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be released at a later date. Both this and the first Enhanced Edition will be made in a "re-forged version of the Infinity Engine."

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