Baldur’s Gate gets a fresh coat of paint

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So for a while now Baldursgate.com has been teasing fans of the classic BioWare RPG, based on the Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms setting and classic AD&D ruleset (remember, THAC0 rhymes with “wacko”), with cryptic quotes, epic nostalgic music and a luscious high-definition version of its grinning red-eyed skull logo. Speculation was rife that it was either for a sequel of some sorts, like the long-forgotten Baldur’s Gate III: The Black Hound, or some sort of graphically spiffy remake of the originals. Yesterday a timer appeared and fans swarmed the site in droves as it inched ever closer to zero. There was barely enough time for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition to be confirmed before the weight of visitors brought the whole site to its knees. The venerable name of Baldur’s Gate still commands devotion and respect in this day and age.

Both Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn are getting a fresh lick of paint for a new generation and the people in charge of these overhauls are the aptly-named Overhaul Games. Before you snort with contempt and turn your noses up in disgust, muttering about visceral modern first-person shooter remakes or some other such ghastliness, you may find it comforting to know some of the original Baldur’s Gate developers are involved in Overhaul’s work on the Enhanced Edition. Even more comforting is the team are using an updated version of the original Infinity Engine used for Baldur’s Gate I & II, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment, so it should still be classic isometric butt-kicking for goodness.

If that weren’t reassuring enough the Enhanced Edition will also have some new stuff for hardened veterans of the Sword Coast to experience. “We’re adding new original content in the spirit of the original game,” a representative of Overhaul Games told IGN, in addition to “maintaining all the awesome that is Baldur’s Gate.” No official release date has been given yet but Baldur’s Gate will be the first out of the block with Baldur’s Gate II coming later. In the meantime if you’ve never played either of these superb roleplaying games and fancy giving them a go, but don’t want to wait for the enhanced versions, Good Old Games has you well and truly covered. Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn are both available at GOG.com for a very reasonable price, and tweaked to run better on modern machines. You should get them both and play them, if only so you might know and understand the glory and awesomeness of this chap and his furry friend.

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