Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Takes a Little Longer

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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Takes a Little Longer

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The Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition has been pushed back into November.

Back in July, Overhaul Games said the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition would ship on September 18. That day is almost upon us, but as it turns out, a return to the Sword Coast is not.

"After recently reviewing the game and then consulting with our partners, we've decided to ensure that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best possible product on launch," Overhaul President Trent Oster announced. "Thus, we have pushed back the release date of the game."

In an unusual twist, it sounds like the delay was prompted at least in part by the overwhelming fan response to the game. "Thousands of you posted suggestions and requests on our forums. Dozens of volunteers from all over the world helped us improve gameplay, squash bugs and generally fine-tune the game. Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages," Oster explained. "Executing on our plan to make the best Baldur's Gate possible and responding to that overwhelming feedback, we've added new characters, areas, and story, creating many new hours of game play. Yet the suggestions, fixes, and translations continue, and more volunteers keep joining."

To make up for the delay, Oster promised "something a little extra" for everyone who preordered, but it's not like the wait will be intolerable: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is now scheduled to come out on November 30.

Source: BaldursGate.com

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My coworker will not be happy, not at all.

Awww :( I was, literally, counting down the days. It's written on my calendar.

As long as it'll be better I can wait. I've got other games to finish in the mean time.

This is GOOD news.

When a game is released too early it tends to suck.

I'm GLAD they're working on it more.
HOPEFULLY it means that the game will be even better.

Fair enough. Its not a terribly longer wait, and for the "little something extra" it might be worth it. Overhaul seems to really value the Baldurs Gate name, so I doubt they'd wanna rush out an unfinished product.

This reminds me of what they did to Torchlight 2. It was due out a lot sooner than this Thursday, but after the beta they went back through and basically redid everything to make it better based on fan suggestions. We'll have to wait a bit longer to see if that was the right call, but it probably was and will serve as an example of why waiting is worth it.

Quite frankly this makes me VERY sad! I understand the need for delays and hope the product will be that much better for it... but dammit there where only 4 days left!!! I was so looking forward to it.

I daresay Borderlands 2 is breathing a sigh of relief. Now if only xcom or dishonored (both due October 9th) would do the same.

*Removes BG from his calender*

Well, I still have:

Sep 18th: Resident Evil 6 Demo
Sep 20th: Torchlight II
Sep 21st: Borderlands 2
Sep 27th: Half Minute Hero
Oct 2nd: Resident Evil 6
Oct 7th: Pokemon B/W2
Oct 31st: Assassin's Creed III
Nov 1st: Tales of Xillia 2

Until that day.

I'll be buying this whenever it's released and for whatever price tag they attach to it. I hope it's on Steam or GoG cos those are the only two DDPs I use. I'll probably be done with Disonored by then, though I'm not sure I'm quite ready for another BG playthru just yet, enhanced or otherwise. I still have the Tutu version installed that I went thru at the start of the year, so I'll prob buy it and leave it a while before I play it.

OuendanCyrus:
Well, I still have:

Oct 2nd: Resident Evil 6

Until that day.

That's one I didn't expect so soon. Damn, don't think I'll have time to play it on release :-\ It's one game I might even dust off the old 360 for, if the PC version isn't out at the same time. Any hints on the who, where, when or what?

November 30th? Good, I might be done with Borderlands 2 by then... why did they have both games planned to release on the same day?! :-P
I'll be happy if the "something extra" is a nice discount on the Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition, because if this goes well I'm definitely dropping money for that.

I guess that's alright, it never bodes well to stumble right out of the Gate.

So many games, so little money :(

What about Baldur's Gate 2? Because this is just the first game, right? I need to know if I should get the second game on GOG or not, it's discounted right now, along many other fine D&D based games :)

Gives me more time to save up. I'm okay with this.

mbourgon:
I daresay Borderlands 2 is breathing a sigh of relief. Now if only xcom or dishonored (both due October 9th) would do the same.

Borderlands 2 is facing off against Torchlight 2. We've set up an even more brutal brawl than before.

OT: Excellent news. I'm always suspicious when things come out on the original due date.

That is fine by me, more time to make it as awesome as possible! :3

Andy Chalk:
Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages

Phrases like that always make me smile. Can they only count up to 16 and any number higher than 16 is just "more than"?

Olrod:

Andy Chalk:
Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages

Phrases like that always make me smile. Can they only count up to 16 and any number higher than 16 is just "more than"?

"More than 16" is code for "17."

Take your time, Beamdog. Do it right.

Delaying it is probably a good idea regardless of the state of the game, I think. This fall is going to be heavy on high profile releases, and if released right now it might not get the attention it deserves.

I dunno, it could be code for three million other languages.

I guess we'll never know. (But I'm guessing they translated it into three million other languages.)

Acrisius:
What about Baldur's Gate 2? Because this is just the first game, right? I need to know if I should get the second game on GOG or not, it's discounted right now, along many other fine D&D based games :)

My understanding is that BG2 won't be until next year sometime. And if this game just got delayed like 3 months, it probably won't be for more than a year. Get the sequel now, it's even better than the original.

Olrod:
I dunno, it could be code for three million other languages.

I guess we'll never know. (But I'm guessing they translated it into three million other languages.)

What, did they get C3P0 volunteering for them?

xedobubble:

Acrisius:
What about Baldur's Gate 2? Because this is just the first game, right? I need to know if I should get the second game on GOG or not, it's discounted right now, along many other fine D&D based games :)

My understanding is that BG2 won't be until next year sometime. And if this game just got delayed like 3 months, it probably won't be for more than a year. Get the sequel now, it's even better than the original.

I'm not sure that it follows that BGEE's delay would also delay BG2EE. The work that Beamdog is doing now will be directly applicable to the next game since both are using the exact same engine(the version of the Infinity Engine used in The Throne of Bhaal). So BG2EE would mostly be quest-related bug-fixes and additional content. All the changed release date means(other than you can't buy it yet) is that the work they are doing will be complete by release instead of accomplished as post-launch patches.

xedobubble:

Acrisius:
What about Baldur's Gate 2? Because this is just the first game, right? I need to know if I should get the second game on GOG or not, it's discounted right now, along many other fine D&D based games :)

My understanding is that BG2 won't be until next year sometime. And if this game just got delayed like 3 months, it probably won't be for more than a year. Get the sequel now, it's even better than the original.

You mean even before playing the first game? :P
I've been postponing playing this game, and when I heard of the enhanced edition I felt like it was a perfect opportunity.

I'm all for it. It's not that big of a delay, and it will give them time to iron out the bugs. I fail to see the problem with a three month delay, other than from people who'd rather risk getting a buggy game now than a solid game a bit later.

FYI..... GOG.com are doing a massive sale on D&D games at the moment, can get all the BGS, Icewind Dales, etc for dirt cheap this week. Just a thought for those who just simply cant wait.

Im glad they've pushed it back though, they know they're dealing with a classic and they're making the effort to do it right. Ive played through it before but I know Ill still be checking out the EE version for another playthrough!

So basically they wanted to venture forth, but it turned out that they hadn't finished gathering their party.

I don't mind waiting longer, but mac users can't pre-order it anyway so this "something a little extra" does nothing for me.

OuendanCyrus:
*Removes BG from his calender*

Well, I still have:

Sep 18th: Resident Evil 6 Demo
Sep 20th: Torchlight II
Sep 21st: Borderlands 2
Sep 27th: Half Minute Hero
Oct 2nd: Resident Evil 6
Oct 7th: Pokemon B/W2
Oct 31st: Assassin's Creed III
Nov 1st: Tales of Xillia 2

Until that day.

This is the exact reason why postponing it was a bad idea. Instead of dealing with one good AAA game, they are going to be dealing with all the holiday releases and get swept under the rug. I'm also scratching BG:EE off my purchase list because its doubtful i'll have much money by then.

Now I am not in favor of releasing a buggy game, but re-releasing a niche game in a holiday powerhouse time is just bad business.

Thats fine!

Gives me more time to play dwarf fortress.

I enjoyed that they might throw in something for whomever goes for the pre-order, what I didn't dig at all is the fact that only PC had pre-order, Androis, iOS and Mac don't have that option...

Scars Unseen:
So BG2EE would mostly be quest-related bug-fixes and additional content. All the changed release date means(other than you can't buy it yet) is that the work they are doing will be complete by release instead of accomplished as post-launch patches.

If you know the modding scene, both BG and BGII have a lot more than just "quest-related bug-fixes". It took years to fix most of the problems - hell, there are still bugs being found for the game even today. They range from graphical errors, inconsistent AI behaviour, wonky scripting animations, exploits and much more. There have even been articles where the Beamdog team have talked about completely recompiling the original game due to the number of redundant lines of code and AI bugs they found in the source.

OT, I don't mind if they take a little longer to bring out the game if it means a polished product (especially in an age where publishers are forcing developers to rush out product). It'll be out right in time for the holiday season - even better. I'm more interested to see what they do with BGII, considering how many mods exist for the game.

They could do practically anything with it - add in Gaider's Ascension mod (which is pretty much a requirement if you want a complete experience), and add in a new series of missions in both SoA and ToB, along with a couple new NPC squadmates. That would be incredible.

...

they already did completely rewrite the engine. Most of those things you are talking about have already been fixed, because -as I already said in the part of my post you chose not to quote- they are using the (now heavily modified and cleaned up) ToB version of the Infinity Engine for BGEE. That leaves, for the most part, quest related bugs and new content. The work that has Beamdog delaying the release is directly applicable to the BG2EE release and would have been done post-release had the delay not occurred.

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