Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

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Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

Promises to further develop its trans character, condemns those harassing studio staff.

Yesterday Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear suffered a lot of backlash at launch over the game's numerous bugs and some concerns that its inclusion of a transgender character was overly politically correct. Studio Beamdog's CEO Trent Oster stood up for the company's decision and condemned the online harassment some of its staff has received.

New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

Criticisms of bugs and a political agenda plague product reviews.

It's been a rough start for new Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear - yes you read that correctly, a very old game has a new expansion (it was released 31st March).

The 15 game, which requires the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate (significantly reduced in price on GOG) to run, is getting a stream of negative reviews on shops Steam and GOG.

A lot - probably the majority - of the negative reviews mention problems with bugs that result in game crashes and mods not working. And multiplayer apparently barely works at all.

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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.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition review

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition review

To koboldly go once again?

The good news is that nothing has gone drastically wrong. Beamdog hasn't broken Baldur's Gate and it hasn't done a clumsy job of crowbarring in the extra features it's added. The vast majority of the changes made to this classic role-player are about clarity and accessibility and are seamlessly integrated. If it were a DVD reissue, the Enhanced Edition would be closer to The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition than Star Wars: Special Edition.

But imagine the DVD skipping a few times.

The bad news is that the paint hasn't dried, the nails haven't been hammered all the way in and, sooner or later, you're likely to snag yourself on something. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is more than a little rickety and has some surprising omissions.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition gameplay trailer shows off improved Infinity Engine

Beamdog has released a gameplay trailer of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, giving us our closest look yet at the remake.

Overhaul Games used an improved version of the Infinity Engine to build Enhanced Edition. There's a new inventory screen, too.

BG:EE includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack and new content, including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition release date moved... forward!

The Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition date has been moved slightly... forward!

Overhaul Games' retro revamp now quests towards a 28th November release on Android (tablets), iOS (iPad), PC and Mac. The old date was 30th Nov.

"We are targeting November 28 for all platforms," tweeted man in charge, Trent Oster. "Since we have approvals etc. we can't 100 per cent control the date on iOS, Mac and Android."

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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition release date, price announced

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition release date, price announced

Windows version pre-purchase goes live.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition launches on 18th September 2012, Beamdog has announced.

It costs $19.99. If you pre-purchase you save $2.

Enhanced Edition, built on an upgraded version of the Infinity Engine, includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and new content, including a new adventure and three new party members.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition confirmed for Mac OS X

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will also be released on Mac OS X this summer, developer Overhaul Games has announced.

That takes BG:EE platforms to three: PC, iPad and OS X.

"The Enhanced Edition will include a variety of Mac OS X specific features, including widescreen and iCloud support," promised Overhaul on the BG:EE website.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition confirmed for iPad

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition confirmed for iPad

Features all the content from the PC version, plus new UI.

The recently announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is coming to iPad as well as PC, developer Overhaul Games has announced.

As revealed on the game's official site, it'll be available for download some time this Summer, runs on a modified version of Baldur's Gate 2 Infinity Engine and includes all the content included in the PC version.

It's not clear whether Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will also make it to iOS.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition announced

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition announced

UPDATE: Powered-up Baldur's Gate 2 coming as well.

UPDATE: The reveal website is now up and running and adds that an Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate 2 is also in the works.

"Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will feature a re-forged version of the Infinity Engine with a variety of modern improvements," reads the official blurb.

ORIGINAL STORY: Classic '90s BioWare RPG Baldur's Gate gets a new Enhanced Edition this Summer, developer Beamdog has announced.

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