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Baldur's Gate Enhanced-Edition Finally Dated For PC, More

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is arriving on the PC this September 18.

Fans of the Baldur's Gate series should be tickled to know that the Enhanced Edition for Windows PC will be available on September 18, 2012 for $19.99 USD. Gamers who pre-purchase the game from Beamdog now will save $2 off the regular price and receive a special forum badge.

For the uninitiated, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Windows includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never before seen content running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine. The entire list of "enhancements" include the following:

* New Adventure: The Black Pits
* New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
* New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
* New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
* A new collection of player character voice sets
* Native support for high resolution widescreen displays
* Over 400 improvements to the original game
* Improved multiplayer support, with connectivity between all platforms (!)

The updated PC game will be made available as a direct download from Beamdog, and won't require an installed client like Steam. Even more, pre-purchasing the overhauled classic now means fans will have access to the game immediately once it goes retail. PC gamers will merely need 512 MB of RAM, a 1 GHz CPU and a GeForce 2 or equivalent GPU at the very least -- a super old-school list of hardware requirements.

In addition to the PC version, Beamdog and Overhaul Games plan to release a version for Apple's iPad and Mac OS X in September 2012 although a specific date is currently unknown. The iPad version will cost $9.99 and naturally be optimized for touchscreen input. Dorn II-Kahn, Neera, the player voice sets and portraits will be made available as in-app purchases while the app itself will support Apple's Gamecenter platform. The Mac OS X version will have the same features and pricetag as the PC version.

As for Android gamers, the release date is still up in the air, listed a TBA. It will cost $9.99, offer the same features as the iPad version, and be made available on Google Play. We're hoping for a THD version (Tegra 3) so that Baldur's Gate will really sparkle on the Nexus 7.

 

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    Youngmind , July 27, 2012 4:50 AM
    I definitely enjoyed BG1 and BG2. I'm looking forward to this.
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    kyuuketsuki , July 27, 2012 6:49 AM
    Awesome. Can't wait to play through some updated old-school Baldur's Gate goodness.
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    Anonymous , July 27, 2012 7:20 AM
    But will they offer unlimited redownloads from their site or just one of those URLs that self destructs after 30 minutes and only works in Internet Explorer with a shady download manager?
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    ikaruga , July 27, 2012 7:30 AM
    As they already mentioned on their forum, the graphics assets of the original versions are all lost, so there is no way to render them in any higher/better quality for this remake, and new graphics content whit the same style (e.g: new monsters) is also out of the question.
    I wonder what's gonna be included then besides the new adventure, because HD resolution and most of the listed other things are already possible with community made addons.

    Anyway, I'm also looking forward to this, I loved the original:) 
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    killerclick , July 27, 2012 8:53 AM
    Never cared about Baldur's Gate, want Planescape Torment.
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    GNCD , July 27, 2012 9:14 AM
    want to buy this for my bro, but he wants the boxed edition with all the manuals and stuff.
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    WingedRayeth , July 27, 2012 10:21 AM
    Awesome! I can't wait to see what the golden pantaloons look like in HD!
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    IndignantSkeptic , July 27, 2012 10:52 AM
    WingedRayethAwesome! I can't wait to see what the golden pantaloons look like in HD!


    They'll probably look much smaller. I think you misunderstand what they are going to use the higher resolution for. They probably will not be remaking any of the graphics so probably the extra resolution will just be used to sort of let the camera zoom out a lot more so you can see more of the world simultaneously so everything in it will look much smaller. Hopefully they will allow you to zoom in as well though so things are not too small but then it will probably look pixelated. I guess that will be the only real engine change and also hopefully they stop using dithering for transparency.
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    spookyman , July 27, 2012 2:03 PM
    The big question?

    Will we be able to mod it?
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    Turk021 , July 27, 2012 2:38 PM
    spookymanThe big question?Will we be able to mod it?


    I have a feeling we will be able to
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    furylicious , July 27, 2012 2:41 PM
    Can't wait to face off Sarevok again, epic villian.
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    rwpritchett , July 27, 2012 3:17 PM
    I spent many late nights adventuring with Misc and Boo. Looking forward to this... I wonder if the game has any appeal to the newer generation of gamers. The game is 14 years old now.
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    beoza , July 27, 2012 3:41 PM
    mmmm Baldur's Gate! Can't wait to get me paws on this. It's perfect timing for a release too! Just 2 days before my birthday! Yay me! Know what I'm getting! Wonder if you can still use Cheats:TheGreatGonzo(); to summon 10 friendly berserk chickens!?
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    beoza , July 27, 2012 3:50 PM
    Next they need to do BG2, IWD 1&2, and some other great games we enjoyed. I can see games like these getting a second life on tablets, as these provide more substance than you casual games like Angry Birds, and they were mainly point and click games so touch on a tablet would fit them quite well. Hopefully they make is so you can transfer your saves to the tablet so you can take your BG on the road if you dont have a laptop.
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    Anonymous , July 27, 2012 4:53 PM
    Yes!! Tried to play BG1 & 2 last year, could not get past the dated feel. Looking fwd to trying them this way!
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    photonboy , July 27, 2012 8:06 PM
    MODS:

    "Ongoing Support

    Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition will continue to receive improvements after release, along with continued support for the vibrant mod community that has helped it remain so popular for so long."


    Also:
    There are screenshots at the website and I noticed the characters were aliased. That's basically my only issue with this. I'm not sure I would play this game unless I can apply anti-aliasing to the characters. I suspect I can't.

    I had the same issue with Diablo 2. I really LOVED the game, decided to replay it in 2011 but after modern games I just couldn't get past the graphics.
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    thisisfutile , July 30, 2012 2:32 PM
    N00b here...sorry if this is a double post

    Did anyone else suffer from a graphics bug when the original B2 was out? I don't remember the nVidia card I had at the time but it wouldn't render some of the graphics on the screen...things like barrels and rocks, which made it very difficult just to do basic movement. I played it this way for some time but ultimately had to give up when I got to a dungeon that had a LOT of rocks and other obstacles and I just couldn't move around without getting extremely frustrated.

    I tried for a while (on dial-up) to find solutions to the problem but I never did figure it out. Anyone else experience that?