Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition released for PC

It look a little while longer than first planned, but PC gamers now have a new version of a truly classic fantasy RPG available to download right now. We are talking about Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which was released originally by BioWare in 1998.

This new version has been developed by Overhaul Games, founded by former BioWare team member Trent Oster, and is now available to download via the Beamdog service for $19.99. Overhaul will release versions of the game for other platforms at a later date.

The new version not only has been graphically enhanced compared to the BioWare release, but also offers up some new content as well. That includes three new characters, improved multiplayer support, new player character voice sets and new cinematics. In addition, the team claims to have fixed over 400 issues that they found in the original game.

The biggest new edition is an all new adventure in the game, The Black Pits. Overhaul Games claims that it adds 15 arena-style levels which add up to about six more hours of gameplay for a title that already has a ton of content.

Oster has said in previous interviews that if sales of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition are successful, he would consider developing an all new game in the series.

Source: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition website

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I was on the beta test for this. It's the best version of Baldur's Gate and it will continue to improve.

At the moment, the stand-alone installer seems to have some issues. Please favor using the Beamdog client to install the game in the meantime. There are also several issues with different laptop chipsets especially older Intel ones.

Visit forum.baldursgate.com for support.

400+ issues fixed? Wow. Didn't realize there were that many! Would make for one helluva long fixed list to read up on.

Loved the original game, but for me the limited distribution model they have (Beamdog) means I won't be purchasing this

If it had been released on Steam/GoG then I would have no hesitation, I just hope the devs of this see sense and distribute by other means too.

BeLGaRaTh said,
Loved the original game, but for me the limited distribution model they have (Beamdog) means I won't be purchasing this

If it had been released on Steam/GoG then I would have no hesitation, I just hope the devs of this see sense and distribute by other means too.

There is an option to use a stand-alone installer instead of the Beamdog client.

curme said,
At least they could of touched-up the graphics a tad. Just a little AA or something!

The game is all bitmaps, there isn't really any 3D being rendered. Touching up the graphics might not be possible unless they remake the entire artwork, which might turn out great, or it might upset fans - not to mention the time and resources it would require.

I could be wrong but I think they've made the special effects render in real time through the use of the newer Infinity Engine back-ported from Baldur's Gate 2 though.

Edit: Looking at the screenshot it seems like they've made improvements to shadows, too, and even the environment might be 3D? I can't tell from the screenshots, but can't wait to play it.

I've heard this game is legendary but I have never gotten around to playing it. I might pick this one up but will wait for reviews. Also not sure if I would want to get this on iPad or PC.

It's the best PC RPG ever imo along with the sequel and Planescape: Torment.

20$ is a bit expensive for such an old game tough.

The tablet version might be interesting.

LaP said,
It's the best PC RPG ever imo along with the sequel and Planescape: Torment.

20$ is a bit expensive for such an old game tough.

The tablet version might be interesting.

I cannot agree with you more on everything you said here. please have my like