They don’t make ’em like the old days, but they do revamp and remake ’em like the new days. After fancying up BioWare’s two olde Baldur’s Gate games with Enhanced Editions, Beamdog have now turned their revitalising eye to another Infinity Engine classic. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a shiny new version of the fantasy RPG by venerated Fallout creators Black Isle Studios, with a reworked UI, new quests, items, and spells, plus six-player cross-platform co-op multiplayer.
Beamdog have had a good rummage in their drawers, digging out some quest content cut from the original game, adding new items, and bringing over spells and classes from their Baldur’s Gate revamps. They’ve reworked that old UI to better use modern resolutions, though also added new bits like zooming and a quickloot bar. They’re also adding a new super easy ‘story mode’ difficulty. The original two expansions are included, of course.
Icewind Dale’s one of those classic games I watched a friend play over their shoulder, but never got to play myself because they were so over-protective of their characters. I’ll nick anything not nailed down, me, which often had serious consequences in ye olde days. Maybe my pal was right.
Beamdog expect to release Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition for Windows and Mac (and iOS and Android things) “likely within a month.” It’ll cost $19.99. That’s twice the price of the original on GOG and around, but how much would you pay to lark about in Easthaven with your chums?