Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition release date announced

The mysterious countdown clock that had been ticking away on the official website for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition reached its inevitable conclusion today and revealed the official release date for the controversial, yet highly anticipated RPG remake.

According to the site, we'll be seeing BG: EE launch a bit later than original stated (Summer 2012) on September 18, 2012, though no reason was given for the slight delay.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is a remaster of the original game in the series developed by Bioware along with its first expansion pack, Tales of the Sword Coast. However, this wont simply be an update. While the vast majority of the content will be simply upgraded, there will be some differences in both the PC and iPad versions like online multiplayer, new abilities, and DLC.

The iPad version has been described as a "radical departure" in terms of gameplay as it will allow players to swipe the screen to perform abilities rather than click tabs.

The second game in the series (and it's first expansion) are also scheduled to get the remaster treatment in 2013.

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  • IceBlueKirby - July 26, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Looking forward to checking this out. I've never played the original Baldur's Gate games (just the two Dark Alliance games) so I'll finally be able to see what I've missed out on.
  • lazer59882 - July 26, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    i really, REALLY don't understand how you can take a game made for a platform with dozens of buttons, and put it on a "platform" with NO buttons, and somehow get away with calling it enhanced. they should call it what it really is: Baldur's Gate For Little Kids Who Only Own iProducts, and Can't Appreciate a Classic the Way it Was Meant To Be.
  • Lemming - July 29, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    Well, BG other than the space bar to pause is more or less played with just a mouse to click or hover above things (for highlight info) And even then, the pause button has a mouse click ui button to click on. So I can easily see this translated from a "game you mostly mouseclick to play" to "game you mostly tap to play" and is a far cry from trying to translate from a joystick to a touchpad. The only downgrade would be translating right clicks, which even then was built into the original game where you can left click to play the entire game. As for calling it enhanced, you do remember it's also being enhanced for pc too?
  • lazer59882 - July 29, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    I didn't know that actually. that's good news, now I'm curious to see how it's actually "enhanced". it's just that, to me, there's no use porting one of the more "hardcore" d&d based RPGs out there from the most complicated platform with the most dedicated fanbase, to the platform with the most frivolous and casual audience. but now I know about the pc version.

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