Whoa Nelly, they’re making Baldur’s Gate all shiny and stuff!

Last night Beamdog and Overhaul Games announced that they are once again teaming up to apply a modern sheen to one of gaming’s most respected grand-pappies: Baldur’s Gate. The developers previously worked together to bring us MDK 2 HD, so we’re guessing we can expect something along those lines with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.

The announcement caused so much excitement that the developers’ servers went down, as hundreds of thousands of gamers descended on their URL to get the lowdown on the project.

So far this is what we know:

  • The project essentially aims to make Baldur’s Gate a playable post-1999 gaming experience, by adding more resolution options and stuff.
  • The user interface is being tweaked and optimised for modern screen sizes and dimensions.
  • Improvements made by modders over the years will be incorporated into Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.
  • The game will retain its 2D isometric view point.
  • It is currently only planned for digital release.
  • The developer plans to release it towards the middle of 2012.
  • No original Baldur’s Gate content will be removed
  • Enhanced Edition will include the Throne of Bhaal expansion and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion.
  • There will be new characters.
  • Original mods and save games should work in Enhanced Edition.
  • The game will use the same 2nd Edition D&D rule set that was used in Baldur’s Gate.

And that’s all for now folks. Beamdog and Overhaul Games promise more details and screen shots over the coming weeks. Yaaaaaaaay!

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