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Icewind Dale on the cards if Baldur’s Gate re-release succeeds

Friday, 13th April 2012 00:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Beamdog would happily tackle Black Isle Studios’ classic RPG Icewind Dale if the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition goes down well.

Writing on Twitter, Beamdog boss and former BioWare staffer Trent Oster acknowledged fan demand for a revamp of Icewind Dale.

“The topic of Icewind Dale has come up a number of times. We are interested, but first we need [Baldur's Gate Extended Edition] to succeed,” he said.

Aww yiss. Icewind Dale released in 2000 and is considered one of a small family of games from the golden era of PC RPGs. Its developer, Black Isle Studios, has strong ties to Obsidian, inXile and Troika.

One fan pointed out that Icewind Dale has a huge number of community resources which could be used with a re-release – if it was made using on the Baldur’s Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal expansion code.

“If we were to do Icewind Dale we would likely use our codebase, so all classes and kits in [Throne of Bhaal],” Oster confirmed.

Speaking of community content, Oster said mod support will be improved for Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition.

While he was feeling chatty, Oster discussed the possibilities of other projects, saying EA wasn’t keen on any sort of Ultima revival, and reiterated that a full Baldur’s Gate sequel is on the cards.

“If we were to do a [Baldur's Gate 3] we would probably develop a new engine and tool path,” he noted, adding:

“Any project we do will be isometric. Iso makes tactical gameplay possible.”

Baldur’s gate Enhanced Edition is expected on Mac, PC and iPad in northern summer.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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6 Comments

  1. _LarZen_

    Day 1 buy on iPad

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Judicas

    Ditto

    #2 2 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    http://www.jesuschatline.com/watchlive.html
    ^troll this guy lol

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Demiath

    The late 90′s were a period in which PC RPGs had a resurgence in popularity and was redefined in the process. Modern games like Mass Effect 2 and 3 represent the logical extension of what Baldur’s Gate and KOTOR began rather than being some radical break from what immediately preceeded it.

    “The golden era of PC RPGs” (something different entirely) was probably about 5-8 years earlier than BG1 and comprised titles like Dungeon Master, Pool of Radiance, Betrayal at Krondor, Might & Magic, Wizardry etc.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. endgame

    Why should I buy these when I already have them on gog?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @5 Because these are the Enhanced Editions, built on a revamped version of the Infinity Engine, with new content created by the original BioWare staffers, mod support and Mac OSX/iPad compatible.

    I still hoard my original Icewind Dale carton “book” box, which includes a huge ass manual which details all spells, stats and classes, the quick reference manual and a bunch of “character sheets” I wrote as a kid :’)

    #6 2 years ago

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