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At long last, the lovely folks over at developer Beamdog announced the release date for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. March 31st, it all goes down, pre-orders are up, a Collector Edition box is in the offering, and I am preemptively getting an illness that coincides with the above release date. That’s…weird…
Where to begin? Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn were ground breaking 2D isometric CRPG’s that defined a generation for RPG gamers. It is the spiritual mother of games like Pillars of Eternity.
The problem? Whether by accident or design there was a gap between the two games. Without spoiling things too much, playing BG1 saw your player character survive an ambush in which your foster father dies saving your life allowing you to escape into a world of deceit and subsequent adventure. BG2 starts off with you and your traveling companions being tortured in a dungeon by a sociopath mage attempting to unlock the power in your heritage.
BG2 is routinely name checked by gamers as one of the best RPG’s of all time. So much so that five years ago Beamdog (which includes members of the original BioWare team) began making enhanced editions of the classic games, updating them for modern computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS & Android), tablets, and smart phones.
Almost two and a half years after the release of Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Siege of Dragonspear (Beamdog’s first original creation) will attempt to fill in the gap between the two iconic games from the mid to late 1990’s. It is promoted as a full fledged expansion, with over 25+ hours of game play, four new NPC’s to join the fray, new voice acting, and larger than both previous expansions (Tales of the Sword Coast & Throne of Bhaal) combined.
Beamdog have gone all out with this release, offering games three different purchasing options.
Collector’s Edition $129.99 (+S/H, limited)
The Collector’s Box includes:
- DRM-free copy of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear on DVD
- Complete soundtrack of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
- Cloth map of the Sword Coast
- Full-color copy of Bence Duncan’s Field Report with removable, collectible coin
- Spiral-bound copy of the official Baldur’s Gate Adventurer’s Guide with updated rules and mechanics
- Metal dragon’s head amulet on a strap necklace
- Collection of 7 Baldur’s Gate-themed dice to use in your own D&D adventures
Digital Deluxe $39.97
In addition to a digital copy of Siege of Dragonspear expansion, the Digital Deluxe includes a full soundtrack of the original Baldur’s Gate, as well as all the tracks composed by Sam Hulick for both the Enhanced Edition and the Siege of Dragonspear expansion.
Standard Edition $19.99
The Standard Edition package includes the Siege of Dragonspear expansion.
The hype is significant for this release. Its success or lack thereof will determine if Beamdog continue to polish up more old school classics or continue on creating new content like Siege of Dragonspear. Check out the trailer below and maybe I’ll see you kicking around Faerun sometime soon.