In 1998 an almost unknown Canadian games developer called Bioware released a Dungeons & Dragons RPG called Baldur’s Gate and changed the direction of an entire gaming genre. To say that BG was a milestone in gaming history is something of an understatement as almost every modern party based RPG owes something to that one game. So popular is the Baldur’s Gate saga (as well as the follow up Icewind Dale series) that they have been consistently sold in gaming stores for almost 15 years. For a game to not only keep being played but keep making money for so long is almost unheard of.
Bioware have since moved on to other things but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end for Baldur’s Gate. Last week, Wizards of the Coast (the company that owns the D&D license) announced that they have teamed with Overhaul Games to bring Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 into the 21st Century. The Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Versions will run on an updated version of their original Infinity Engine and will be released for Ipad and PC in the summer of 2012.
The first release will feature the entirety of Baldur’s Gate and the Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion Pack as well as some original content and a brand new party member. The decision to release primarily on the Ipad seems like a stroke of genius to me and will hopefully see BG taking a place among the likes of games like Broken Sword and Monkey Island who have seen a whole new lease of life following an IOS release. No word on pricing or on when we can expect BG2 to make its appearance but if the fleeting preview images that have been released are anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting summer for RPG fans.
Go for the eyes, Boo.