Baldur's Gate Countdown Begins Again

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Baldur's Gate Countdown Begins Again

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A new countdown timer is ticking away at the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition website! What could it mean?

In order to figure out what could be waiting at the end of the timer currently winding down at baldursgate.com, it would be useful to consider what we already know. The update to the classic BioWare RPG will feature all the old content plus a bunch of new stuff - characters, quests, music - and will include the original games and the expansions, in two separate editions (one for each game), for both the PC and the Apple iPad.

What don't we know? When it will come out and how much it will cost, for two, points which are actually mentioned on the site, just above the timer. All that developer Overhaul Games has said about it is "this summer" and "not much," which is encouraging but not terribly specific. Is it a good bet that these mysteries will soon be solved? I think it is.

Also of interest is the background image on the site, which now contains two, and perhaps three, faces that I don't recognize. I won't say who - it's more fun to figure it out on your own - and the faded, dark sepia tone of the image makes it hard to judge, but from what I can see, they look good, and they look like they belong. There's a new quote in the source, too: "'Evil' is a term wept by the weak and the defeated. What have I done? I have cleansed the world of a band of treacherous dogs." Sounds ominous!

The secret will be out by Thursday afternoon but since there's not a lot of time left in the countdown and we already know about the Enhanced Editions, the platforms and the approximate release window, there's really nothing of heavyweight value left to reveal. Still, it's always fun to speculate, and so I'm calling it for real this time: Baldur's Gate 3. These are heady times, friends. Heady times indeed.

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I wish it was out already, I need my DND fix.

You know Trent Oster has said he wants to do BG3 right? That it depends entirely on the success of these enhanced editions?

If I push a button will something awesome happen?

I thought this already came out?

Hmmm.

*opens cabinet, pulls out original giant cardboard Baldur's Gate multi CD case*

*examines CDs, ponders installing*

...I really should condense these all into one dvd...

I'm... sorta excited. I love Baldur's Gate and I haven't played it in a while, so I'll have something to play in the long, boring summer.

Well I'm getting this on both my Ipad and pc.

oh this is so going on my soon to be delivered ipad. right next to chrono trigger

There are only two characters that I don't recognize on the front page. Maybe they're updated portraits for existing characters. I've got a feeling that I'll be spending some money in 36 hour's time.

Looks like five new NPCs: the woman next to Kivan, the Orc next to Minsc, the scarred man between Branwen and Montaron, and the two men in the upper right corner.

Then again, these might just be updated portraits for existing characters...

Here's hoping that it is BG3.

"Jump on my sword while you can evil. I will not be so gentle."

I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

(Rangers and Paladins are allowed cos their spells are shite)

Blunderboy:
Here's hoping that it is BG3.

"Jump on my sword while you can evil. I will not be so gentle."

I have lost myself in your words but Boo thinks you're just ducky.

I have only one statement for Overhaul Games and its promised product: "Stand and deliver, that my hamster might have a better look at you."

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Solo him with Protection From Magic Scroll plus Improved Mace of Disruption?

Really looking forward to this! Here's a question for you; What do Minsc & Whinnie the Pooh have in common?

They are both voiced by the same actor Jim Cummings! He also does the voices for Gorion & Tigger!

Can't wait!

im still scratching my head how there could possibly be a baldurs gate 3.. the end of throne of bhaal wrapped things up nicely

Diana Kingston-Gabai:
Looks like five new NPCs: the woman next to Kivan, the Orc next to Minsc, the scarred man between Branwen and Montaron, and the two men in the upper right corner.

Then again, these might just be updated portraits for existing characters...

The first three portraits you mention are new, whilst the other two are pre-existing. The one on the right of those two is I believe the portrait for Ajantis, a Paladin you encounter on the road to Baldur's Gate itself.

Haagrum:
I have only one statement for Overhaul Games and its promised product: "Stand and deliver, that my hamster might have a better look at you."

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Solo him with Protection From Magic Scroll plus Improved Mace of Disruption?

Waste a precious Scroll of Protection from Magic on Kangaxx!? NO!

There's a much easier way. Any +4 or more weapon, and you also require the Daystar.

Spawn Gaxx (pickpocket him as he is still non-hostile, if you can, for an extra Ring of Gaxx...), clock where he appears, start casting the Daystar's bound spell - this does massive damage and interrupts any spell he tries to cast - it usually does enough to cause his dialogue/transformation into Demilich. Now once that happens, just whack Protection from Undead on all characters you want to engage him, and hit him repeatedly. It takes a while, so oils of speed might be necessary (they last longer than the spell). Eventually he falls, and no Protection from Magic scroll is necessary!

The counter will reveal when the Enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate and Tales of the Sword Coast will be released and how much they will cost. Probably it will also reveal what platforms it will be initially released on and where you can download it.

The day to honour, I've updated my avatar to suite. Obviously, I'm Joos' barely contained excitement. "Magic is impressive, but now, MINSC LEADS! SWORDS FOR EVERYONE!!!" etc etc.

Andy Chalk:
Still, it's always fun to speculate, and so I'm calling it for real this time: Baldur's Gate 3. These are heady times, friends. Heady times indeed.

Pfft. Clearly this is Baldur's Gate 3,4, and 5. Each face represents a sequel. Also, since there are three of them, I wouldn't be surprised if we also got Half-Life 3 out of this deal.

Haagrum:
I have only one statement for Overhaul Games and its promised product: "Stand and deliver, that my hamster might have a better look at you."

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Solo him with Protection From Magic Scroll plus Improved Mace of Disruption?

The mods/unofficial patches I play with don't allow this type of cheese

nikki191:
im still scratching my head how there could possibly be a baldurs gate 3.. the end of throne of bhaal wrapped things up nicely

Tell me about it. It was an excellent wrap up to a fantastic journey.

I don't want a Baldur's Gate 3.

nikki191:
im still scratching my head how there could possibly be a baldurs gate 3.. the end of throne of bhaal wrapped things up nicely

Probably the same way there was going to be one before. Just attach the name to it but have it be completely unrelated. Or maybe it's just going to be something else new and it's gathering the party again for another adventure. I don't know.

Baldur's Gate 3: Minsc and Boo Stand Ready

You know you want it.

As long a it doesn't use 4th edition...

Susurrus:
The first three portraits you mention are new, whilst the other two are pre-existing. The one on the right of those two is I believe the portrait for Ajantis, a Paladin you encounter on the road to Baldur's Gate itself.

I went back and checked - this is Ajantis:

But you're right, the other two are pre-existing portraits for the main character. Not sure why they're up on the website, though...

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Assuming you mean a Good party, I'm guessing the best people for the job would be Keldorn and Valygar on offense, with Mazzy and Minsc providing ranged support... :)

Diana Kingston-Gabai:

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Assuming you mean a Good party, I'm guessing the best people for the job would be Keldorn and Valygar on offense, with Mazzy and Minsc providing ranged support... :)

Ranged support?! Minsc?!

Good luck telling him that's his role...

AldUK:
Ranged support?! Minsc?!

Good luck telling him that's his role...

Well, you know what they say: if the stat fits, wear it. :)

Well we all know that when the countdown reaches zero the site will crash for half a day as it did last time. So we probably wont find out until Friday.

Never got the appeal. I barely completed the first dungeon and was bored to tears. Planescape, now that's magic, baby!

Icehearted:
Never got the appeal. I barely completed the first dungeon and was bored to tears. Planescape, now that's magic, baby!

What a strange person you are. Don't get me wrong, Planescape is my favorite game of all time, but Planescape's beginning is a LOT slower than Baldur's Gate's...

Diana Kingston-Gabai:

Yosharian:
I'm hoping that there will be some non-magic characters added to the game. I pretty much only have one idea left for a playthrough, and that's an entirely non-magic party. Yep, should be interesting trying to defeat Kangaxx!

Assuming you mean a Good party, I'm guessing the best people for the job would be Keldorn and Valygar on offense, with Mazzy and Minsc providing ranged support... :)

Valygar... *shudder*

The rest are great, yeah.

Korgan and Sarevok would definitely be along for the ride, sod being exclusively good.

Only one slight problem, all the female characters are magic users!

Depends how you define magic, surely? Jaheira is a druid (Viconia a cleric), so that's not conventional magic. Mazzy isn't, unless you count paladin spells.

As long as someone makes a mana base mod for it I am game. Well..that and a INF ammo mod for basic ammo..... >> man it got tedious at times... LOL

Yosharian:

Haagrum:
Solo him with Protection From Magic Scroll plus Improved Mace of Disruption?

The mods/unofficial patches I play with don't allow this type of cheese

I wouldn't call it cheese - or at least, not when you're dealing with...

Then again, if you're using the Tactics mod or something similar, most boss fights get pretty hard even with cheese. Unless you decide to use the Project Image or Wish loop exploits, which are about as illegitimate as it gets, and which I'm assuming you don't (a decision which I'd applaud, FWIW).

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