Baldur’s Gate Website Lurches To Life

Baldur’s Gate Website Lurches To Life


It’s been 11 years since PC role-playing gamers claimed the throne of Bhaal, Lord of Murder, bringing BioWare’s epic Baldur’s Gate series to a satisfying close, but has the entire tale been told? New developments at the game’s website suggest there’s still life in the old death god yet.

With the recent news that a Baldur’s Gate II Complete Edition is on its way to Steam, one might conclude that the new logo and music at the Baldur’s Gate website are tied into that particular project. That’s what I initially thought, but then former BioWare designer Trent Oster, now of independent developer/digital PC game store Beamdog, put the kibosh on the connection via GameBanshee.

“We’re not related to the Steam complete edition, I can tell you that much. Other than that, we’re hoping to announce something soon.”

What could this something be? Perhaps there are clues in the source code for the website, where several Baldur’s Gate-related messages have been popping up over the past few months. Here’s the latest:

The Infinity Engine is the BioWare-developed game engine that powered the Baldur’s Gate series, as well as Icewind Dale I and II and my personal favourite, Planescape: Torment. “Raise Dead : Infinity Engine” would point towards a resurrection of this classic engine, but to what purpose?

Oster seems keen to tease for now, but a recent Twitter post might hold another clue: “A new toy for the office. What could we be developing that would require an iMac?”

You know what would play really well on an iPad? Baldur’s Gate. I’m just saying. Being able to guide your party members by touch would be extremely convenient. And from there could Planescape for iOS be far behind?

Of course this is just my guess. Other folks have different ideas, like a brand new game using the Dragon Age: Origins engine. I just don’t see that happening. I see myself sitting in the bathroom shouting “Go for the eyes, Boo!” without a laptop burning my delicate thighs. And now you see that too. Sorry.

Baldur’s Gate [Teaser Site via GameBanshee]

Comments

  • iOS Baulders Gate has always seemed like something very possible to me. As much as i would love a new BG game, i have a good feeling I’ll be slayin’ dragons in my next sales meeting rather then…working.

  • If you look at the html source for the website it says…

    February 28, 2012
    Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine
    For years, I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory.
    And then… it returned. Better than it was before.
    Pore over the tapestries and works of art hanging from our walls if you wish, Child of Bhaal… perhaps you will find a clue. But patience, ah… patience would reveal it all.

  • I would probably have a heart attack from excitement if they announced a new D&D game in the spirit of the old Infinity Engine games. You don’t need a moveable camera. You don’t even need 3D graphics. Make it happen.

  • Very hopeful for this, if it is for tablets I hope they attempt an android release too. Android frequently seems left out even for the most basic apps, I guess it’s because of the multiple hardware platforms and greater security problem but still I ask why the developers so frequently go exclusively for apple. It may be the low hanging fruit but it’s only got half or less of the market share of android. Oh well, here’s hoping.

  • *clears throat*
    sorry, i wanna make sure i get this juuuust right

    *cough*
    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*faints*

  • OOooOOo!! Baldurs Gate on tablet OS! They could jazz the graphics up a bit too.

    I still have the MIGHTY Tome that came with my original copy. I miss those huge manuals…

    And I BET there will be DLC if this goes to iOS.

  • While I would love a Baldurs Gate 3 someday I would also love to see a remastered version of 1 and 2 +ToB. With official support for resolutions and maybe some updated spell effects for animations. Textures are still fine so they do not need to be touched though the character sprites could use a touchup.

  • BG 1 & 2 still my favourite games, even with Skyrim in the mix. It has been a long time since an RPG included any element of strategy. Thief in front, trying not to die detecting traps; hoping to God that the siren picks the expended mage to dominate, and GO FOR THE EYES BOO!

  • Yeah make a damn good RPG, if they make it for a Tablet as people above have been suggesting I would facedesk very bloody hard.

    • February 29, 2012
      Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine

      Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, the only miniature giant space hamster in the Realm!

      I can teach you how to use your wrath.

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