Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Just 5 Days Away…Except Not Any More

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UPDATE: Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition has been moved to a November 30th release date. They’re promising more content and a more polished product. I still weep.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Baldur’s Gate series is my favorite game/s of all time. From my first character (a half-elf Mage/Thief) I was hooked. The atmosphere, the story…I had no idea what I had gotten into. And I love it.

So when I heard about the Enhanced Edition being made by Overhaul…it was pretty much this:

I don’t know this woman, but she speaks to my soul.


And now here we are. Thanks to working a lot and being sick, time flew by and now we’re 5 days away. Now for those who haven’t heard of Baldur’s Gate…le sigh. I expect it’s a higher number than I’d like to admit to myself. But this is the perfect chance for a bunch of people to look into it, as one of the biggest differences of the Enhanced Edition is that it’s multi-platform. As in not only PC, but also Mac and iPad, as well as Android at a later date. That’s pretty good coverage for the update of a game that came out in 1999.

That is of course not the only change. They’re updating the original with the awesome mechanics from the sequel, Shadows Of Amn, including the classes, spells, abilities, kits, and all that fun stuff. For hardcore fans, you’re probably familiar with Baldur’s Gate Tutu, and that’s pretty much what it is, plus a little bit more. Cinematics have been replaced with hand painted animated ones, they’ve enhanced the interface, and “…improved, sped up, [and fixed] over 400 issues from the original game…” Also, for the multiplayer buffs, they’ve enhanced connectivity and allowed it across all the devices. That’s quite the improvement, as long as it all pans out properly.

Beyond the technical stuff however is where it gets even more exciting. They’ve added three new, quest toting party members:


Rasaad yn Bashir, a Calishite Monk demonstrating his monastic arts to the people of Nashkel.

Neera, a half-elf wild mage slowly coming to terms with her enormous magical potential.

Dorn Il-Khan, a half-orc Blackguard whose otherworldly patron grants him terrible powers in the form of his black sword and unholy spells.

Purty cool. Side note, Dorn’s Blackguard class is also available to choose for your own characters. So that’s pretty bitchin’ too.

There are several new areas as well. The Black Pits is a “new adventure” of 15 arena-style levels for your party to enter into. Set in the Underdark, it’s a gathering place for some of the realms elite to come and watch the matches play out. The others are linked to the new party members, such as Rasaad, who takes you to mountain tops and stuff. From the pictures they all look great, but they still seem to match the previous settings in beauty.

Now this is just the beginning. Overhaul is already talking about a 2013 release date for Shadows Of Amn & Throne Of Bhaal, but beyond that they’re talking about making the oft teased third installment, Baldur’s Gate 3. According to Inside Mac Games, this is their real goal, to make it to Baldur’s Gate 3, but that it all depends on the financial success of the first two. Truth or marketing ploy? I don’t care, just take my money. They also talked about remaking another couple of games, such as Icewind Dale and the ever popular Planescape: Torment.

You can find all the necisary lore and details of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition on their website at www.baldursgate.com, and the interview mentioned above at www.insidemacgames.com

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