Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition add-ons invite new heroes to the Sword Coast.
If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the release of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition this summer, you’ll apparently have some more of the game to look forward to in the form of downloadable content. Overhaul Games’ Trent Oster, who founded its parent company Beamdog, announced that the game would be supported with paid DLC after release. In a tweet this morning, Oster stated, “We’ll be doing free feature improvements and existing content improvements as we go, but we are also planning some paid DLC.”
Oster clarified that the content in the paid DLC will be brand new, stating that it would include “new BG storylines” and “new characters” in a follow-up tweet to the original announcement. He didn’t reveal any more specifics about the planned add-ons, but he did take some time to reassure fans of Overhaul Games’ commitment to being faithful to the original Baldur’s Gate games. If the studio needs to add any lines for the characters Irenicus and Minsc, for example, Oster promised to “try to pull” David Warner and Jim Cummings, the original voice actors of the popular NPCs. By mentioning Irenicus, the antagonist of the sequel, Oster may be implying that the studio plans to use him in the DLC – or he may simply be referring to Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn as the obvious next game for the developer to bring into the modern era.
Announced back in March, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is an overhaul of the classic AD&D-based RPG originally developed by BioWare over a decade ago. The aim of the new game is to faithfully port the original to new devices, updating the graphics and particularly bringing the multiplayer up to speed so it can work without third-party tools. So far the game has been confirmed for PC, Mac OS X, and iPad. The studio is aiming to release the game before the end of September, although the date has not been set in stone.