Posts Tagged ‘Beamdog’

Brrrrrr! Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition Blows In

Chilling conversation.

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.

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Gleaming: Icewind Dale’s Enhanced Edition

It's sleeping, okay?

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.

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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 boost your resolution and remaster your original renders with our all natural process?” So Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be arriving in November, all enhancedy.
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Beamdog Hoping For Baldur’s Gate III Despite ‘Legal Hell’

He smiled once, but it was so long ago.

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: Enhanced Edition has been put on indefinite hold. Yikes. But are things really as bad as they sound? And where does this leave Baldur’s Gate III, which Beamdog described as a “long-term goal” no so long ago? I got in touch with Beamdog head Trent Oster to find out.

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Yikes: Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Pulled, BGII On Hold

We're gonna need a bigger lawyer.

I am worried. I still don’t know what a Beamdog is, and now my chances of finding out are looking rather slim. The Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition developer has hit a slightly, um, fatal rocky patch, with messy “contractual issues” leaving the update effort’s future in doubt. For now, the first Enhanced Edition has been yanked from all relevant e-tailers, and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition is officially on-hold for the time being. Also, it probably goes without saying that this pushes Trent Oster and co’s Baldur’s Gate III pipe dream to the backburner’s furthest reaches. The back of the backburner. Ye gods, they said it was only a myth. You’ll find a statement from Beamdog after the break.

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Beamdog Added 350,000 Words To Baldur’s Gate 2

It’s been a while since we heard anything from Beamdog‘s ‘Enhanced’ version of Baldur’s Gate 2, but their bossman Trent Oster just told ShackNews: “We’re hard at work on BG2:EE and it is going well… Phil (our design lead) mentioned to me there is over 350,000 words of new content.” These apparently constitute extra bits across the quests and story of Shadows of Amn and the expansion, Throne of Bhaal, which will ship with the new edition.

Whether all this work will match the experience of a modded version of the original game remains to be seen, of course. I understand that the reception for the enhancement of Baldur’s Gate was… mixed.

Not Forgotten: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Trailered

Beamdog’s remake of the classic RPG arrives on November 28th. With that in mind they’ve released a trailer to show off some of the improvements. These include: support for widescreen formats and resolutions that were imaginary at the time the game was released, new quests, new characters, and voices for those extras. They’ve apparently overhauled the original cinematics, and worked up the UI – something that’s very obvious in the trailer, below – to make everything a bit slicker now than it was back in the mist of the late 90s.
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