If you were an old school gamer like me, and started your journey into PC gaming with the top down RPGs, hearing about Baldur’s Gate remake will make you giggle. Or squee. Or do whatever it is that you do when you hear about something so old getting a new take on it. I so desperately want this to be a great remake of the original game, and sequel, that I can still remember what it felt like to have my characters talk back to me, engage in relationships and even randomly attack each other (amusing, though highly annoying; this is why regular saving is a must!)
Anyways, enough of my reminiscence and fangirling, what I have to say this: apparently the trio of Atari, Wizards of the Coast and Overhaul are working on an enhanced version of the original Baldur’s Gate and its sequel. Released on the PC back in 1998, this was one of the first RPGs for PC gaming, and it shows. Many of the games you that came after it borrow of its mechanics (NeverwinterNights is almost a clone) and any old-school PC gamer will talk fondly of the side-quests, quirky characters (“Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes!”) and lots of areas to explore.
Much to my pleasure I heard that the expansions to the two games will be included in this remake. Details are still sketchy, but what we do know is that it will have an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine. In order to keep the game’s original spark, the developers and programmers from the first incarnation are on the team. This keeps me happy, as too many changes will blot out the glory of a game so beloved and so beautiful. As the picture featured in this article indicates, this is suppose to be released in summer, and gaming gods willing, it will be.
I will follow this story to let you know of developments as they arise. Anticipation meter off to a roaring start!