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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has re-launched

Bioware's Neverwinter Nights was a fascinating anomaly of a game, years ahead of its time. An online-oriented community sandbox disguised as a traditional Dungeons & Dragons adventure. While quite plain looking, taken at face value, it hid great depths and multitudes of opportunities for those willing to dig just below the surface. Today, courtesy of Baldur's Gate's new stewards, Beamdog, it returns. Polished up a little…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition out this month

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, the revamped re-release of BioWare's 2002 wizard 'em up, is due to launch on March 27th. That's the news from revampers Beamdog, whose prior retromancy includes revamping Planescape: Torment and overhauling Baldur's Gate then making a new expansion for it. Like those, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has fancier pictures, though NWN being 3D means the overhaul is a little more involved.

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The best thing about Neverwinter Nights was its persistent worlds

At 19, I was a mess. I was missing all of my classes at university, arguing with my girlfriend all the time and I’d managed to get thousands of pounds in debt. All I wanted to do was check out. Neverwinter Nights got me through it. It wasn’t the lacklustre single-player campaign, or even the long list of phenomenal mods -- it was the persistent…

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Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition: improved graphics but backwards-compatible with old saves and mods

My three main memories of the original Neverwinter Nights: a) exasperating various Bioware devs by doggedly creating an all-Dire Badgers module in the editor during a studio visit b) my boxed copy INCLUDING ACTUAL CLOTH MAP being stolen by a jealous middle manager at a former workplace c) playing co-op with Jim and Kieron, formerly of this parish, and sometime contributor Dan Griliopoulos, who rather…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is the next BioWare remaster

We won't have full details until a bit later today (noon PST/8PM UK), but here's the headline: BioWare's 2002 RPG Neverwinter Nights is next to receive Beamdog's Enhanced Edition treatment. What do we want to see from a tweaked and modernised take on BioWare's first foray into 3D RPGs, and whose revered modding tools launched a legion of player-made adventure modules?

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Lost source code might rule out Icewind Dale II: Enhanced Edition

Beamdog have been on a retro remastering rampage in recent years, fancying up and re-releasing Icewind Dale, the two Baldur's Gate games, and Planescape: Torment. Their spree of updating games built on the Infinity Engine has reached one tricky obstacle, though: they can't find the source code for Icewind Dale II. Beamdog say they fancy giving a remaster a go but they need the source…

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Planescape: Torment’s Enhanced Edition released

What can change the nature of a game? It'll take more than high-res support and a scalable UI to change Planescape: Torment, but why would you want to muck with its guts? Black Isle's RPG is still a fine thing, and the Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition [official site] simply makes running it on modern systems less of a faff. A worthy re-release! Our Alec told…

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Feature: New life's resolutions

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition – an elegant remastering, with a few exceptions

Surprise classic RPG remastering attack! Mere weeks after revered 1999 philoso-roleplayer Planescape: Torment [official site] enjoyed a belated spiritual sequel in the over-lored but otherwise strong Torment Tides Of Numenera, it gets itself a modernised re-release too. It's due out April 11, but I've got the thing updating my hard drive's journal and changing the nature of my VDU right now. We're not going to…

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Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition announced

Planescape: Torment [official site], the revered 1999 fantasy RPG from Fallout creators Black Isle, is getting overhauled a touch in an Enhanced Edition due next month. It'll bring support for modern high resolutions and a new interface to match, along with tweaks and fixes. It's being handled by Beamdog, the folks behind the Enhanced Editions of Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate then a new Gate…

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Baldur’s Gate: Siege Of Dragonspear review

Sixteen years ago, BioWare bridged the gap between Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 with, more or less, "And then some other stuff happened." Now Beamdog has gone back, filling in the gaps with Siege of Dragonspear [official site]. Is it worth putting the band back together for one more trip to the Sword Coast? Here's Wot I Think.

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Baldur’s Gate – Siege of Dragonspear Out Now

More than a decade after the Baldur's Gate [official site] saga appeared to come to an end, there's a brand new expansion available to buy right now. I know how this might look - it's classic April Idiots' fodder, telling you about a new chapter in a much-loved series and then revealing that all of your favourite characters have been transformed into unicorns or somesuch.…

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Former BioWare Writer David Gaider Joins Beamdog

Davey G, Davey G, where ever will your next job be? You've left BioWare - after 17 years writing there! - all footloose and fancy-free. Oh what a happy day, hip hip hooray, you've found a job at Beamdog! Should Hallmark wish to create a greetings card solely to mark former BioWare writer David Gaider joining fellow former BioChap Trent Oster's Beamdog, they can reach…

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Baldur’s Gate: Siege Of Dragonspear
On Mods, Publishers And The Future Of Baldur’s Gate

“We move from custodian to creator.” That was how Trent Oster described it. Beamdog’s co-founder who, twenty years ago, was also there when Bioware began, is once again returning to one of roleplaying’s most beloved and most influential series. This time, he won’t just be adding a new lick of paint here or a subtle embellishment there, as he has with the company’s Enhanced Editions…

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Baldur’s Gate: EE Expanding With Siege Of Dragonspear

We live in interesting times. The Baldur's Gate RPGs are amongst the most well-loved, well-regarded and influential the PC has ever seen, but surely they're now a relic of an ever more distant past? Along with most things that we consider legendary, they have begun to fade into the past and, like weathered statuary, are slowly losing their definition. We remember them fondly, but indistinctly,…

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Baldur’s Gate Tease Is Probably The Pre-Interquel

You may have seen folks cooing over the Baldur's Gate site's addition of a cryptic countdown due to run out of ticks in the wee small hours of Friday morning. Folks in the know, like me and you my dear friend, will guess that it's counting down to a reveal of the pre-sequel that Beamdog are making on ye olde Infinity Engine. Alternatively, you may…

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New Baldur’s Gate Set Between 1 And 2 Coming This Year

Do you remember when Beamdog, the folks who've been revamping Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, announced they were making a new Baldur's Gate game? Do you remember - one set between the first two games and using the same dear old Infinity Engine? No, me neither. But, acting as if we all totally knew all along, they've now announced that it'll launch this year. Beyond…

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Brrrrrr! Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition Blows In

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…

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Gleaming: Icewind Dale’s Enhanced Edition

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…

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Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Out In November

It looks like Baldur's Gate II's spam filter has let through an enhancement e-mail. You know the kind I'm talking about. In search of an ego boost, though I know plenty of people who like the venerable organ just the way it is, it has succumbed to the cheap thrills offered within, and ordered a course of treatment: "Why settle for less when we can…

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Beamdog Hoping For Baldur’s Gate III Despite ‘Legal Hell’

For a while there, it looked as though Baldur's Gate had finally emerged from the dank dungeons of obscurity, prepared to crush modern glitz-and-glamour RPGs under a mountain of depth and 20-sided dice. But then things happened. Law things. Now Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is stuck in neutral - with Beamdog unable to continue fixing some rather worrisome launch issues - and Baldur's Gate II:…

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