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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Delayed, NPC Feature Revealed
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Overhaul Games recently announced a delay for the release of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Originally planned for a September release, the revamped version of the classic fantasy RPG will now be released in November. BGEE is an updated version of Bioware's fantasy role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms. The game will feature an enhanced version of the Infinity Engine, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, new adventures, and new party members.

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Delay:

When we first announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, you set fire to our servers and we were overwhelmed by the huge wave of support from the fans of the original game.

Once the fires had subsided, thousands of you posted suggestions and requests on our forums. Dozens of volunteers from all over the world helped us improve game play, squash bugs, and generally fine-tune the game. Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages.

Executing on our plan to make the best Baldur’s Gate possible and responding to that overwhelming feedback, we’ve added new characters, areas, and story, creating many new hours of game play. Yet the suggestions, fixes, and translations continue, and more volunteers keep joining.

After recently reviewing the game and then consulting with our partners, we've decided to ensure that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best possible product on launch. Thus, we have pushed back the release date of the game. Our plan is to release in November, 2012.

The company also recently released some information about one of the new NPCs players can choose to join their team, Rasaad yn Bashir. The update takes the form of a short story about the character and several audio samples of the character's voice.

Rasaad yn Bashir:

"How fierce you are." The stranger smiled. Despite his shabby clothes and weathered skin, his teeth were as straight and white as a sultan's. He threw the pomegranate hard at Rasaad's chest. Rasaad surprised himself by catching the fruit in the cup of his palm before it could strike him. He looked up to see whether the stranger was impressed, but the man was gone. The lid of the barrel flew off, and Gamaz popped up, gasping for breath and still clutching the stranger's leather purse. He looked at Rasaad, and his eyes widened. "Behind you!"

Without turning, Rasaad threw himself forward in a somersault. As he came up to his feet, the stranger stood less than a foot in front of him. Rasaad had not seen him move. He simply appeared there, like a wizard. Rasaad stepped back. The man made no effort to grab him.

"You are quick," said the stranger. "Quick of foot and quick of wits."

Learn more at the links below.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Delayed
In-Depth: Rasaad yn Bashir
Overhaul Games
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

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