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Platform Win, Mac, Win, iOS Publisher Black Isle Studios Developer BioWare Release Date 1998-11-30

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Dragon Age: Inquisition explores moral quandaries in a vast world

The creators of Dragon Age: Inquisition are making a world in which heroes face a series of choices, few of which carry simple consequences related to concepts like "good" or "bad." Sure, there is always an argument to be made for sacrificing the lives of others for "the greater good." And there are always players who will shrug their shoulders at any digital massacre of innocents that contributes to the goal of winning. But anyone who wants to truly engage with this vast, colorful world is going to want to come armed with feelings, as well as longsword, bow and magic tricks. "We've brought fresh modern thinking to our designs, to bring freedom to our player," said project director Mark Darrah. "Choice will not be black and white but grey. We're moving beyond choice, to dilemma." ...

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A Character Like Me: the lead writer of Dragon Age on inclusive games

The quote above came from an anonymous fan question. I pondered just how I should answer this question, or whether I should at all. Talking about myself as a gay man, and how that relates to my work, isn’t something I tend to do. I think it raises the specter of "the gay thing" if I talk about it too much, as if it were the only thing with which I’m concerned. It’s not, by any stretch, but it’s a valid question — and a question that keeps coming up. So I’ll address it as best I’m able. If this is a topic you’d rather not read about, I suggest moving on. Still here? Alright then. The first steps To the person who sent this question: thank you for letting me know how affecting it was for you to have a game where you could be yourself. We make roleplaying games, which means...

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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition returns to App Store (update)

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, an updated and expanded version of the original title, is available once again on the iTunes App Store. Beamdog producer Phillip Daigle announced the game's return via Twitter; those interested can purchase it for $9.99 on iPad. Additionally, Daigle promised news soon on the game's upcoming patch and sequel. We're back. News regarding the #bgee patch and #bg2ee will come in awhile as we bring some heavy machinery out of storage — Phillip Daigle (@daigledopple) August 14, 2013 Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was removed from the App Store in late June due to contractual complications with Atari. Although players who already owned the game could still play, the Enhanced Edition for Android was also put on hold. Update: Creative director Trent...

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Notch, Molyneux, Suda51 on Indie Speed Run judges panel

Indie Speed Run — in which competing developers create a game within a 48-hour period — has announced this year's panel of judges, including Peter Molyneux, Notch, Kim Swift and Suda51. Registration for the online September event is open today. The contest carries a $25 fee per team, but the charge doesn't apply until the 48-hour game clock begins, and two random elements for use in the games are sent out to competitors. The panel of 14 judges are as follows... Peter Molyneux (Fable, Godus, Curiosity, Black & White) Markus 'Notch' Persson (Minecraft) Suda51 (No More Heroes, Killer7) Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island, The Cave) Brian Fargo (Fallout, Wasteland) Kim Swift (Portal, Quantum Conundrum) Dan Pinchbeck (Dear Ester, Amnesia) Matthew Davis and Justin Ma (FTL) Trent...

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Baldur's Gate 3 still possible despite 'legal hell,' says Beamdog

Baldur's Gate 3 is still a possibility despite legal and contractual issues facing developer Beamdog, studio head Trent Oster told Rock, Paper, Shotgun. The developer recently revealed both Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition and patch updates for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition have been put on indefinite hold following legal problems that reared their head; however, the third entry in the series isn't off the cards just yet even while Oster describes the team as "demoralized." "The prognosis [for resuming work on Baldur's Gate] is mixed," he said. "Best case, we can sort this out soon. Worst case, this could be in legal hell for a while. I like making games, but this contractual dispute bullshit keeps me up at night. "Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is on indefinite hold, as is the...

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition removed from App Store, sequel put on hold

Following contractual issues, Beamdog has removed Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from its official website and Apple App Store, studio president Trent Oster confirmed today. The title won't receive any upcoming patches, he wrote in a statement on the game's official website. The Android version has also been put on hold, along with the previously announced enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate 2. "We recently removed Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from sale on Beamdog and the Apple App Store," he wrote. "We've taken this step at our publishing partner's request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues. "Unfortunately, until this matter is resolved, we are unable to release the latest Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition patch or Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for Android." T...

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Interplay purchases Freespace IP from THQ and Volition for $7,500

Interplay Entertainment Corporation, publisher of Baldur's Gate and the original Fallout games, purchased the Freespace intellectual property from THQ and Volition for $7,500, according to a court document filed on June 4 (PDF link). A Copyright Assignment and Quitclaim Agreement, which was also filed on June 4 but became effective May 10, states that THQ and Volition relinquish their rights to the combat space sim IP to Interplay. According to a search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, Interplay is the current trademark holder for Freespace. Volition developed Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War in 1998 and its sequel, FreeSpace 2, the following year. Interplay published both games. THQ purchased Volition in 2000, after which the developer went on to create the...

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Baldur’s Gate: Reloaded mod recreates classic game in 3D

Game designer Drew Rechner and a small team of developers released a fan-made mod that recreates 1998 role-playing game Baldur's Gate in 3D. According to the game's Facebook page, Reloaded has been in development since November 2006. The mod is available through Nexus Mods, but first requires a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2 and expansions Mask of the Betrayer and Storm of Zehir. The mod is available as a free download and is not affiliated with BioWare. Check out the launch trailer above to see Baldur's Gate in all its 3D glory. Instructions on how to install the mod, as well as where to find the original game and its expansions, are available through Nexus.

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Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition already has 350,000 words of new content

Beamdog's Enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate 2 already has 350,000 words of new content related to quests and story across Shadows of Amn and expansion Throne of Bhaal, studio president Trent Oster told Shacknews. According to Oster, the studio is continuing with its plan to focus its efforts on the development of the sequel's enhanced edition over the creation of new DLC for its predecessor Baldur's Gate: Enhance Edition. Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition released last November on PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Its sequel has no official release date as of yet.

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Ten classic D&D RPGs on sale at GOG for up to 80 percent off

Ten classic Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games are on sale at online retailer GOG, with a discount which can increase up to 80 percent based on how many games you purchase. The "stacking promo" increases the discount value depending on how many games in the bundle you decide to buy — 40 percent off for one game, 45 percent for two and so on, all the way up to 80 percent off for all 10 games, which carries a total cost of $21.10. The titles available for purchase are: Baldur's Gate 2: Complete Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga Icewind Dale 2 Complete Icewind Dale Complete Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone The Temple of Elemental Evil Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard Neverwinter Nights 2: Complete Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edition Planescape: Torment As with previous...

Baldur's Gate Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 11/30/1998
    • Publisher Black Isle Studios
    • Developer BioWare
  • Mac
    • Released 07/31/2000
    • Publisher Graphsim Entertainment
    • Developer BioWare
  • Windows
    • Released 11/30/2012
    • Publisher Atari
    • Developer Overhaul Games
  • iOS
    • Released 12/07/2012
    • Publisher Atari
    • Developer Overhaul Games
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