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"Enhanced" Baldur's Gate With New Content This Summer

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The rumors are true: Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 are getting an upgrade along with new content.

After waiting forever for an obviously flooded baldursgate.com website to finally reveal its secrets, the big surprise is that Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition is currently in the works for unnamed platforms. Sorry, no real new addition to the franchise today, folks.

"Since its initial release in 1998, Baldur’s Gate has entertained millions of fans around the globe, and has received countless awards," teases the announcement. "This classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons computer roleplaying games ever since."

According to Atari's brief announcement, Overhaul Games, a subsidiary of Beamdog, has assembled a team of artists, programmers and designers to enhance the two classic PC-based RPGs. Even more, the team includes original Baldur's Gate developers which should give fans a nice, warm fuzzy feeling all over.

Atari also reveals that the two Enhanced Editions will feature "a re-forged version of the Infinity Engine with a variety of modern improvements." Outside that little bit of information, Atari did not provide specific details as to how these games will be changed although Beamdog's Trent Oster shed further light on what's to come.

"We knew #baldursgate was going to be popular, but we never thought it would trigger a DDOS shut down," he jokes on Twitter, referring to the server meltdown when the site's countdown timer hit zero. "Apparently our server thinks we're getting DDOS'ed. Silly rabbit #baldursgate is just loved by a lot of people. The servers aren't screaming. They are shooting flames!"

He goes on to reveal that Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is going to have new content generated by some of the original team members. It will also include the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. "We're very interested in supporting the modding community and hopefully kicking off even more mods," he adds. "We're going to stay with the Baldur's Gate model of only voicing some of the content. We feel it allows for more in-depth writing."

As for when the games will arrive, he says that the team is planning a summer 2012 release for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition. Other than that, details will be slim until next week's info rollout. His latest tweet reports that the team is using the latest code from Baldur's Gate 2 Throne of Bhall as their base, so everything in Baldur's Gate 2 and Throne of Bhall will be there plus what the team will add.

"We're going to fix the broken bits," he adds.

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    Nakal , March 16, 2012 6:22 PM
    Shut up and take my money!!!
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    senkasaw , March 16, 2012 7:40 PM
    Sweet! Baldur's Gate was one of my all t-- ah s!@t...hold on, I gotta change my pants. I'll be right back.
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    killerclick , March 16, 2012 7:18 PM
    Oooooh, I hope they do this with Planescape Torment.
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  • 11 Hide
    LancerVI , March 16, 2012 6:10 PM
    I love remakes. It's been long enough that I'll pay for both games again.
  • 10 Hide
    kyuuketsuki , March 16, 2012 6:20 PM
    This sounds awesome. Can't wait to replay some Baldur's Gate goodness.
  • 23 Hide
    Nakal , March 16, 2012 6:22 PM
    Shut up and take my money!!!
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    Chainzsaw , March 16, 2012 6:46 PM
    I might be interested. I always read how great the baldurs gate series were but never had the chance to try them out. However this sounds like a perfect time to do so.
  • 10 Hide
    Vearo , March 16, 2012 6:49 PM
    I have never played Balder's Gate. The Enhanced Version looks like a great reason to start!
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    Lord Captivus , March 16, 2012 6:50 PM
    YEAH!!
    I played the games a few years ago (again) and i was amazed by all the differents characters you can make, modern games dont have that much customization, that was awesome!
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    goatsetung , March 16, 2012 6:51 PM
    Fantastic! I've been meaning to replay the games but haven't bothered - too much work getting old games to run properly.
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    jl0329 , March 16, 2012 7:12 PM
    How enhanced will this be? I wish they stay true to the old system & mechanic. Graphic wise, I really hope it meets today's standard.

    Because if you look at BG1&2 today, it's basically a pixel fest.

    I am not a big fan of HD remaking because all those HD make collections on PS3 are not that HD.
  • 7 Hide
    FinneousPJ , March 16, 2012 7:14 PM
    Wow I guess it's a must buy.
  • 11 Hide
    killerclick , March 16, 2012 7:18 PM
    Oooooh, I hope they do this with Planescape Torment.
  • 13 Hide
    senkasaw , March 16, 2012 7:40 PM
    Sweet! Baldur's Gate was one of my all t-- ah s!@t...hold on, I gotta change my pants. I'll be right back.
  • 6 Hide
    funguseater , March 16, 2012 7:56 PM
    Baldurs Gate is alright.... But lets get PLANESCAPE:TORMENT !!!!!!!!!!
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    jhansonxi , March 16, 2012 7:57 PM
    Hopefully they integrate Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, and ToSC like the Baldur's Gate Trilogy mod does.

    There were some engine limitations, music track limit for example,that were annoying modders.
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    beetlejuicegr , March 16, 2012 8:09 PM
    Planescape tormeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeent plxxxxxxxxx
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    Antimatter79 , March 16, 2012 8:11 PM
    This will be a great service to the greatest PC RPG saga of all time (greatest to me, anyways). If this is done correctly, I will even consider granting a full pardon to Dragon Age II, the mess that it was, for tricking me into buying it on release day for full price (hell, for any price). I don't even allow the box for DA2 to be displayed alongside my other Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age boxes.
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    Tab54o , March 16, 2012 8:33 PM
    I just bought the original very recently.
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    Zagen30 , March 16, 2012 8:38 PM
    I bought used copies of the 2 BG's and Planescape late last year since I've heard for years that they're some of the best western RPGs ever but never played any of them. I was thinking about starting BG1 now that I'm done with ME3, but if this is really that close to release I'll sell my BG collection and wait for it.
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    creatorsid , March 16, 2012 9:13 PM
    So will this be old HardCore work for it AD&D 2nd ED. or the cartoony,super-hero like 3rd to 4th D&D ED?
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    wysiwygbill , March 16, 2012 9:20 PM
    I hope they don't use the cookie cutter maps that NWN used. One thing I liked about Baldur's Gate was the great looking maps and unique locations.
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    aidynphoenix , March 16, 2012 9:44 PM
    played BG1 got far into the game, finally started to get bored with and and resorted to cheats to get it done faster.. all in all, it was a fantastic game when i played without the cheats.
    hope the remake is worthy..
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