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Beamdog has been teasing a Baldur’s Gate expansion that takes place between the first and second games since January. Yesterday, they finally delivered on that promise with an official announcement.
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear is a brand new expansion pack to Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, designed with an improved version of Beamdog’s Infinity Engine to capture that old school feel. Rather than create a standalone game, Siege of Dragonspear will require players to own Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition when it’s released on the PC (Windows, Linux, Mac) and mobile devices (iOS, Android). According to Beamdog, the expansion will offer more than 25 hours of gameplay, and here’s what players can expect:
Though Sarevok is dead and his plan for war averted, peace eludes the citizens of Baldur’s Gate. A crusade marches from the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery. Can the rumors be true… is she, like you, the child of a god?
The closer you get to the Shining Lady, the more you realize your father, the dead Lord of Murder still casts a long shadow upon your path. Baldur’s Gate has put its faith in you, but you must determine whose interests you truly serve before you face the Shining Lady among the ruins of Dragonspear Castle…
Beamdog has yet to announce a release date for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, but prospective players to explore the game’s brand new website at SiegeOfDragonspear.com to find out more.
Beamdog is currently counting down to something on the official Baldur’s Gate website… whatever could it be? Oh right, it’s probably that Baldur’s Gate Interquel (codenamed Adventure Y) they announced back in January. As long as the countdown clock is accurate, the game’s unveiling will take place on July 9 at 10:00 PM (Eastern Time).
The Baldur’s Gate Interquel is an original game that will bridge the gap between Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition. At the very least, Beamdog is expected to announce a release date for the untitled game.
Beamdog also has a second secret project in the works. Adventure Z (AKA Project: Beartrap AKA Project: Sharktrap) will be revealed in full later this Summer.
Beamdog, the developer behind Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, has announced they will return to the franchise one more time with an interquel that will bridge the story of both games.
The currently untitled Baldur’s Gate Interquel will use the same Infinity Engine that powered the Enhanced Editions of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. According to a post on the Beamblog, more information about the game (including a release date) will be announced in the Spring. The game is “something bigger than we’ve ever done before,” but the developer did stress that this shouldn’t be considered “Baldur’s Gate III.”
That said, Beamdog is already in the planning stage for their next project and will announce more details about Adventure Z (clearly a codename, as are Project: Beartrap and Project: Sharktrap) this Summer. Whatever you call it, the developer says it is a “departure” for the team and they’re looking forward to telling us all about it.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is coming to PCs next month, just 14 years after the initial release of the original Baldur’s Gate. The enhanced edition will be running on a version of the Infinity Engine that has been upgraded and improved. There’s a lot of new stuff here, including a new adventure called “The Black Pits,” three new characters: Dorn Il-Khan, Neera the Wild Mage, and Rasaad yn Bashir, and lots more:
- 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 Enhanced Edition will be available for PC download on September 18 for $19.99 and is available for pre-order now. It is also scheduled to be released sometime in September for the iPad and Mac, with an Android release to be announced.