Atari, Wizards of the Coast, and Overhaul Games have announced Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, which will be sold through Beamdog. Both Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II (and presumably all the expansion content) will be getting enhanced with a modern version of the Infinity Engine. The term being bandied about is “re-forged”, which is a revelation to me since I was always under the impression that game engines were coded, not forged. Here are more details from the announcement page:
Overhaul Games has assembled a talented team of artists, programmers and designers to enhance this timeless classic. To remain true to the spirit of the game, the team includes original Baldur’s Gate developers.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition will feature a re-forged version of the Infinity Engine with a variety of modern improvements.
A few people I chatted with at GDC questioned how well the game will do with Beamdog. Some wondered if gamers would be willing to go with another digital-distribution service just to play these remakes. As for me, hell yeah I’ll use Beamdog to play an enhanced Baldur’s Gate!!! I’m sure hundreds of thousands of people will feel the same and maybe some newcomers will jump into the mix simply because they’ve heard people rave about the Baldur’s Gate games.
How about you? Any interested in Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition?