Last week brought a little excitement to Baldur's Gate fans thanks to Beamdog and a countdown timer planted on the baldursgate.com website. Once the numbers hit zero, the company revealed that Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition was in the works, set for a summer release, followed by Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition. While updated versions with new and original content sound fascinating, it was still a little disappointing that the announcement had nothing to do with an actual third installment to the classic series.
But there's still a glimmer of hope. According to Beamdog/Overhaul's Cameron Tofer, Baldur's Gate 3 has been the team's long term goal. "We have a lot of things to put in place before such a project can be launched," he said. "So currently there is no such project but that's the one we want to do. Our thoughts have been that Enhanced Edition for Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 just make sense before there's any Baldur's Gate 3."
"We're totally thinking Kickstarter," he added. "It just makes so much sense and solves so many problems. I think what Brian [Fargo] is doing with Wasteland is very interesting."
Tofer is referring to a Kickstarter campaign to fund a sequel to the 1988 role-playing game Wasteland. With 28 days to go, the campaign has thus far acquired 25,955 backers and pledges worth $1,381,330 USD (the goal is $900,000 USD). inXile will reportedly use the extra money to primarily build a bigger world with more maps, stories and music, but if the fund reaches $1.5 million, the team will add even more environments, story elements, characters and challenges. There would even be an OS X version.
As for the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, Tofer provided a little more insight into what will be new. "We've been adding side stories, stories to tie things together, unfinished stories," Tofer said. "As far as new types of abilities, we have more announcements coming. I truly believe that the story and the characters behind are timeless and will have no problem reaching a new generation. Technology will be the access barrier that we're hoping to eliminate."
Tofer talks more about the Enhanced Editions here with GameSpy.