Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is just one step on the journey to a brand new Baldur’s Gate sequel.
Beamdog, which was founded by former BioWare staffer Trent Oster, has big ambitions for the classic IP.
“Baldur’s Gate 3 has been our long term goal,” Beamdog’s Cameron Tofer told Gamespy.
“We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched. So currently there is no such project but that’s the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for BG 1 and 2 just make sense before there’s any Baldur’s Gate 3.”
Tofer said recent developments in crowd-funding could give the project a leg up.
“We’re totally thinking Kickstarter. It just makes so much sense and solves so many problems. I think what Brian [Fargo] is doing with Wasteland is very interesting,” he said, referring to the successfully funded sequel to a 1989 PC RPG.
In the meantime, Beamdog is beavering away on the Enhanced Edition of the original Baldur’s Gate, due in northern summer.
As well as a CryEngine-powered visual overhaul, the new version will feature “side stories, stories to tie things together, unfinished stories” and unannounced new abilities.
“I think the new RPGs are great, but I don’t think they should be a replacement for classic strategic in-depth RPGs like Baldur’s Gate,” Tofer added.
“I think that’s what makes Enhanced [Edition] so relevant: Baldur’s Gate hasn’t been replaced.”