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New Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights planned

New Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights planned

Atari has announced plans to continue the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series in the future.

Atari has confirmed that it is planning to develop more titles in the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights franchises for the future, though no release date has yet been set for either game.

Few details have crept out on the projects, but ex-Sony and now-Atari honcho Phil Harrison has confirmed that the games may not be out until 2010 or so.

At the same time, Phil also announced that Atari was working on a new Test Drive game, but that honestly just doesn't excite us as much as some D&D role-playing.

Unfortunately however, it doesn't look like the original developer behind both games will be attached to the projects as BioWare is now owned by mega-publisher EA and is said to be hard at work on getting Mass Effect 2 together. It's also not clear whether the games will use an isometric or 3D engine, or if the gameplay will be changed over to the more arcade-y feel of the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance cash-ins.

With no other information available on the games, I have to admit to being somewhat terrified at the prospect of a new Baldur's Gate game, which may threaten to devour me whole. I spent literally hundred of hours on just my first playthrough of Baldur's Gate 2 and have played through numerous times. If the new game is any bigger or more addictive then I may have to retire early.

Reviving classic RPGs seems to be all the rage these days. With Fallout, Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights all getting resuscitated, are there any other titles you'd like to see re-made? We'd love to see Planescape Torment 2 for starters, but let us know your ideas in the forums.

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Yemerich 3rd December 2008, 12:40 Quote
Now THATS great news! Finally some good RPG! Hope they don't rape it as Beth done with FO3

I am one of the people arround the world wishing for a PS: torment 2. The best story ever!
Claave 3rd December 2008, 14:38 Quote
BG has to be isometric - all of this new-fangled 3D rubbish and first-person perspective nonsense would ruin it! :D
TTmodder 3rd December 2008, 14:51 Quote
can you still play multiplayer over the internet in baldurs gate 2?
Skiddywinks 3rd December 2008, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
BG has to be isometric - all of this new-fangled 3D rubbish and first-person perspective nonsense would ruin it! :D

Agreed. NVN never felt as good as Baldur's Gate, and I feel it has to do with the camera. It just didn't "feel" as smooth and fun.

Regardless, I was literally so happy I could poo when I read the title. But knowing that Bioware are not making it has made me very worried indeed. Not that I don't think the developers are up to the challenge, but the problem they face is keeping the old fans impressed, but also opening up the game to more people; obviously to make more money which is more than ever what game developers seem to strive for nowadays.

One to watch for sure.
StephenK 3rd December 2008, 15:20 Quote
Hope NWN is more like the first game (with expansions). Never took too NWN2. Even the collectors box and miniture and goodies didnt cheer me up :(
Veles 3rd December 2008, 15:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by StephenK
Hope NWN is more like the first game (with expansions). Never took too NWN2. Even the collectors box and miniture and goodies didnt cheer me up :(

I must say I didn't like the first game too much, at the start yeah, I loved it, but doing the same basic quest of getting a different object from 4 different areas got old the second time.
Zurechial 3rd December 2008, 16:13 Quote
The Baldur's Gate series is one I would prefer left with its dignity intact (Dark Alliance aside..), not molested by a new developer for a new era of ADD-ridden twitchy gamers.

If they even mention the term 'multi-platform' then that'll be the finisher.

Being a 'hardcore' fan of the BG series (and Infinity Engine games in general) I'll eagerly follow its progress and await its release, but my hopes are firmly embedded in the ground here.
Too many previously-excellent series and franchises have been ruined by the modern trends in games development - i.e.: profit and mass-appeal over quality.
dr-strangelove 3rd December 2008, 16:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
BG has to be isometric - all of this new-fangled 3D rubbish and first-person perspective nonsense would ruin it! :D
I really hope that they will make the new BG from an isometric perspective but I honestly don't think it's going to happen.

The thing that really kept me playing Baldur's Gate: Shadows of Amn (for several years) were the great characters you could get to join your party. If they can produce another Minsc quality character in another BG game then I would certainly buy it.

NWN always seemed too hack-n-slash for me, got bored after about 8 hours of playing it so not as thrilled about that.
Aterius Gmork 3rd December 2008, 18:13 Quote
Hopefully they won't make the game isometric. Sorry, but this style was great with bitmaps, but I did enjoy the new graphics of NWN.

Let's be realistic: We are talking about EA here. It will be multi platform, have a console menu, bad controls, a lot of hack&slash and might be released later due to piracy etc. And it WILL have mass appeal.

Just like Bethesda did with Oblivion: Oblivion was good, but nowhere as good as Morrowind back in the days.
supaste 3rd December 2008, 18:38 Quote
Making something 3D isn't necessarily a bad thing so long as it has the same feel as bmp isometric graphics. Take a quick look at some of the videos of van buren, they had the right feel to them. It's the fixed camera angle that does it.
StephenK 3rd December 2008, 18:57 Quote
What made NWN work for me was the user created worlds, NWN2 never had a strong community like NWN 1.
Tulatin 4th December 2008, 06:58 Quote
What really, truly worries me here is that NWN2 was ****, compared to the first; and I'm really hoping they don't trainwreck Baldur's Gate 3 / NWN 3.
Horizon 9th January 2009, 08:37 Quote
I really enjoyed the Balder's Gate:DA series, and they were actually fun for what they were. I don't see the problem that everyone had with them or is it just fanatics thumbing their nose it
bobby123 30th November 2009, 09:20 Quote
baulders gate the best game seris eva
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