Baldur's Gate 2

Enhancing Baldur's Gate: the BioWare veterans who dared

The problems, the future promises and a trip down memory lane.

Remaking a game as beloved as Baldur's Gate is a road fraught with peril. It's 14 years old, it's got old mechanics, heck it's even got old Dungeons & Dragons rules. Time stands still in memories, but exhume a legend like that and in the harsh light of 2012 you risk it looking a bit rotten, whatever the spirit lingering within. So why do it? I mean, you can buy Baldur's Gate on Good Old Games for half the price and it'll work on all current Windows builds - it isn't dead and buried along with some obscure, archaic system.

The writer who left BioWare: Eurogamer interviews Drew Karpyshyn

On poor fiction, text versus graphics, KOTOR, the Mass Effect 3 ending and Children of Fire.

Drew Karpyshyn not only resembles Commander Shepard facially - he created him. Drew Karpyshyn was one of BioWare's greatest ever writers. He was lead writer of cherished Star Wars role-playing game Knights of the Old Republic, and he was lead writer of Mass Effect 1, 2, and all the books in-between (not Deception). Along the way, Karpyshyn also influenced Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal, Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire and massive storied MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic - a job that meant he couldn't be a part of Mass Effect 3.

I've really set myself up for a fall this time. It's just not that I have to tell you how much the Baldur's Gate games meant, or still mean, to me. It's not just that I have to explain how they're tied to key events in my life, or that even now a single sound, quote or strain of music can still take me back. It's that I have to communicate my depth of feeling without making you think that I am a madman. A crackpot. A total nut.

The History of BioWare

They just keep rolling.

Have you ever wondered what your doctor thinks about while they're poking and prodding you? If you lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the mid '90s there's a chance your doctor was thinking, "Gee, I wish I was making computer games instead of rummaging inside this diseased colon". At least, that's how it might have played out if you were the patient of Dr Greg Zeschuk, Dr Ray Muzyka or Dr Augustine Yip. And if you had a diseased colon.