Another of BioWare's old-guard has left the building. This time it's James Ohlen, lead designer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age: Origins, and director of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Ohlen leaves BioWare after a staggering 22 years.
Beamdog's Enhanced Edition of BioWare's quite-old-now role-playing game Neverwinter Nights will be released 27th March on Steam.
It's $20 but for that you get both NWN expansions - Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark - plus paid modules Kingmaker, ShadowGuard and Witch's Wake. If you splash out on the $40 Deluxe Edition you also get the paid modules Pirates of the Sword Coast, Wyvern Crown of Cormyr and the procedurally generated Infinite Dungeons, which scales up to character level 40.
NWN being enhanced means Beamdog has brought elements of the game up to date, including a UI which scales right up to 4K, and advanced graphics options to clean up and beautify the game. It's the same sort of treatment Beamdog has given Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment in the past. The only original work Beamdog has done, so to speak, was to make Baldur's Gate expansion pack Siege of Dragonspear.
The next game Beamdog will enhance is BioWare's Neverwinter Nights from 2002 - fitting, given Beamdog founder Trent Oster directed the original.
David Gaider has announced his departure from BioWare after 17 years working there.
A quartet of BioWare veterans are going it alone, and are preparing to ask for your money via Kickstarter for a new role-playing game called Mooncrest.
Guido Henkel, the man whose masked face dominates the Planescape: Torment box art, is working on a new role-playing game called Deathfire.
It's not GameSpy's fault that a bunch of PC games whose online multiplayer was "Powered by GameSpy" are now, well, not.
Used to be GameSpy was a common sight playing a PC game online. The service picked out the best matches available for you. It was a popular middleware solution.
Ten years later, I'm still torn. I can't tell you if I enjoyed Neverwinter Nights. I don't know whether to say that it was my first great gaming disappointment, or tell stories about how its expansions, mods and custom content eventually formed something of a splint for a broken promise.
The Dungeons & Dragons PC role-playing games that started it all have been discounted to dirt-cheap on GOG.com.
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.
Drew Karpyshyn, the lead writer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 1, has retired from BioWare and video games.
BioWare Edmonton studio GM Aaryn Flynn has expressed his regret over last week's "highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack" suffered by BioWare's server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums.
RPG giant BioWare was "the target of a highly sophisticated and unlawful cyber attack" and has been hacked.
Variety's well-connected games blog is rumouring that Cryptic is working on a Neverwinter Nights MMO for new owners Atari.
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.
Jason 'Elidrin' Lowry, the man behind Bioware's recent Infinite Dungeons mod, has confirmed that the Premium Modules Program for Neverwinter Nights has been cancelled.
Atari has launched a new project based around hit PC title Neverwinter Nights that's designed to help students improve their learning skills.