There is a man, I like to think, a man named Dale. His cool demeanour is known throughout his small home town in the American Midwest. Now, Dale’s not unfriendly by any means, he just doesn’t have time for idle chit-chat. He mostly comes into town on business, breezing through with a tip of his hat. Icewind Dale, they call him. Dale doesn’t understand why he’s seeing online ads calling him Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. And he’s out now? Heck, Dale’s been out since the Nixon administration.
No Dale, you silly goose! Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a revamped re-release of Black Isle Studios’ old Infinity Engine RPG from 2000, and it launched yesterday.
The Enhanced Edition fixes up the old game a bit while also expanding it. It restores and recreates several hours of content cut from the original release (thanks to work by modders), adds a Story Mode with easier combat (though I’m told combat is the best bit of Icewind Dale), brings cross-platform co-op, has an improved UI, supports higher resolutions, offers new items to collect, and ports a load of classes, races, kits, spells over from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. This big old PDF says more about all that.
GOG or Beamdog for £12.49, or Steam for £14.99. Only Steam has the Linux version, mind. It’s also on Android pocket things for £6.99, and coming to iThings too. It is, however, entirely free to play with pen, paper, and your imagination.