Overhaul Games considering Kickstarting Baldur’s Gate III

It's the thought that counts.

The overwhelming successes of Double Fine’s adventure game fundraiser and Brian Fargo’s Wasteland 2 appeal (currently at over $1.4 million and rising) are causing more developers to seriously consider Kickstarter as a viable revenue source. One of these developers is Overhaul Games, currently hard at work on the HD Enhanced Editions of Baldur’s Gate I & II, who are eyeing the crowdfunding platform with a thought to finally giving the gaming world a Baldur’s Gate III. Yes you read that correctly. Don’t expect a Kickstarter page for it to appear overnight though.

“Baldur’s Gate III has been our long-term goal,” said Overhaul Games COO, in a conversation with Gamespy. “We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched. So currently there is no such project but that’s the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for [Baldur’s Gate] and [Baldur’s Gate II] just make sense before there’s any Baldur’s Gate III.” Brian Fargo’s success with the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has played a significant part in Overhaul’s thinking on the matter. “We’re totally thinking Kickstarter,” he said. “It just makes so much sense and solves so many problems. I think what Brian is doing with Wasteland is very interesting.”

A Baldur’s Gate III was originally announced in 2002 only to be cancelled the following year. Baldur’s Gate III: The Black Hound was supposed to be based on the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition ruleset (screw 4th edition!) and use the same Aurora engine as Obsidian’s Neverwinter Nights 2 and The Witcher by CD Projekt Red. The story would have had no connection Baldur’s Gate I & II’s Bhaalspawn arc nor feature any of the characters from those two games, so no Minsc and Boo alas. It would continue part of the story for Icewind Dale II however and the overall plot – centred around the theme of guilt – sounded quite interesting.

With several original Baldur’s Gate devs working with Overhaul Games on the Baldur’s Gate enhanced editions we could still see the story of The Black Hound in some form, or they might just surprise us with something completely new. It’s still exciting news for grizzled old Baldur’s Gate fans like myself. What better way to follow up HD reworkings of two RPG classics than with a full-blown sequel masterminded by some of the original developers. If or when a Kickstarter for Baldur’s Gate III surfaces you can bet plenty of loyal fans will be there waiting for it, clutching fistfuls of dollars to throw at it like bean bags lightning bolts.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

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