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#1 IMG News

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 02:27 AM

Overhaul Games is scheduled to release Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition today, celebrating with a launch trailer. The game will include the original Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and the Throne of Bhaal expansion, as well as four new party members, a variety of new areas to explore, the new Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay arena combat adventure, and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Become a God.
    Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright.

    Can you resist the evil within you, forge a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroy the dark essence that haunts your dreams? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature, carve a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascend to godhood as the new Lord of Murder?

    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition brings this critically acclaimed role-playing experience to PC, Mac, iPad, and Android.
Dragons. Drow. Giants. Destroy them all.
    Lead your party of skilled adventurers into intense, tactical battles. Lure your enemies into deadly traps, call down magical meteors to smash them, and stop time itself to win the day. A diverse array of powers and abilities let you transform into a being of pure elemental force, or wield the might of the heavens with the Holy Avenger.

    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition combines both Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. Bundled with the game on PC and Mac, and available as DLC on iPad and Android, are four diverse new characters, each with their own epic quest. Venture to the distant sands of Zakhara with your new companions, or lead them in a raid upon the home of the gods.
The Bhaalspawn Saga, Enhanced.
    The Final Chapter - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition includes Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, the epic conclusion of the Bhaalspawn saga.
    Four New Party Members - Bundled with the PC and Mac versions and available as DLC for iPad and Android, four new characters can join you on your journey. At the behest of his dark patron, Dorn Il-Khan plunders and defiles the Sword Coast. Hunted by Red Wizards, Neera the Wild Mage evades and disrupts the Thayans at every turn. Exercising his growing combat mastery, the monk Rasaad yn Bashir leaves his former allies to hunt the dark figure that corrupted his brother. A mysterious thief in service to mysterious master seeks powerful artifacts from across the globe. Recruit them, use their powers, and uncover over 30 new locations.
    The Black Pits 2: Gladiators of Thay - Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Undermine your captors and prey upon their weaknesses while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and Githyanki.
    Easy Multiplayer - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes it easy to find, list, and join multiplayer games, even while behind a firewall.
    Widescreen and More - Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition features full widescreen support, remastered area artwork from original renders, and a host of other interface and gameplay improvements.
Requirements:
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Storage: 2.5 GB of hard drive space

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition will be available on November 15 direct from Beamdog, and from Apple's Mac App Store at a later date.
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#2 Doc Savage

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 08:08 PM

Here's hoping they do Icewind Dale next.  That was far and away my favorite of this style and era.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 12:36 AM

I would also love it, as I never got around to play it. But with the engine in place, it should be relatively minor to port it.

I would love for IMG to reach out to Beamdog and find out if the sales of BG:EE was within their expectations, and what the future might bring.
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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:04 AM

Any knowledge of an iOS version anytime soon?

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:22 AM

View Postdoh123, on 16 November 2013 - 09:04 AM, said:

Any knowledge of an iOS version anytime soon?
Soon.
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Posted 16 November 2013 - 02:22 PM

View PostDoc Savage, on 15 November 2013 - 08:08 PM, said:

Here's hoping they do Icewind Dale next.  That was far and away my favorite of this style and era.
I've never played IWD, but I'd vote for Planescape: Torment -- Enhanced Edition.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:08 PM

Does IWD have much of a story? I heard it's action-oriented, so I was never really interested in playing it.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:51 PM

It's definitely a hack'n'slash oriented game, but it does have a story. I rather liked it, especially the "twist" at the end, but I think a lot of BG/BG 2 fans were disappointed by the lack of interesting NPCs as well as by the game's linearity. Since you create an entire party of your own, you won't have any crazy Thayan wizards, chirpy sisters, or seductively dangerous drow priestesses following you around.

I'm not sure if Beamdog/Overhaul would go down that road, but the game would give them a blank canvas for creating as many interesting NPCs as they wanted, thus giving BG fans more reason to check out an Enhanced Edition. Purists would no doubt be offended, but they could just roll up their own party and ignore the NPCs. Of course, it's all speculation at this point since nothing has been announced.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:30 AM

View PostCougar, on 17 November 2013 - 06:08 PM, said:

Does IWD have much of a story? I heard it's action-oriented, so I was never really interested in playing it.

It's less story-driven than the BG series, but as others have said, the main selling point is the ability to roll your own party. The locations (and especially the music) in game are also incredibly atmospheric. It's definitely my favourite Infinity Engine game.