In the recent months there was a discussion about the new www.baldursgate.com homepage. After it’s opened in January most people guessed that we receive a new Baldur’s Gate, continuing the successful brand. Many players (including me) thought that it will be a new story, supposedly with 3d graphics and maybe with D&D 4e as it’s core system. Well, we were wrong.
There is few things we already know about the new game. First thing to mention, that the core stays, but they add some additional content which will be (hopefully) true to the spirit of the original. To this end, Overhaul Games hired several of the original Baldur’s Gate developers, as well as a talented team of artists, programmers and designers.
The games will run on a remade version of the Infinity Engine, and it will feature a reworked (improved) game interface, new (but similar) voice overs and improved 2d graphics. Also, the new games will be very mod friendly.
The core of the Enhanced Edition game-play will be still 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, as the designers decided that it’s core to the Baldur’s Gate brand. Honestly, I’m an 3.x edition fan, but I think it makes sense to stay with the old edition to appease fans. At least it’s not 4e.
the games will be available only for PC (despite the rumors), and hopefully they will be released in this Summer! That’s great, I think.
Hopefully we could even see the first screenshots in less than a week.
Zoltán “Cain” Mészáros