The classic CRPGs from Bioware and Black Isle Studios are making the jump to new platforms. Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate ll, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Neverwinter Nights are coming to new platforms this year.
Beamdog has plenty of previous experience working on bringing this particular genre of classic games to and updated state for new releases. The company previously worked on remasters of Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Planescape: Torment. And now, there’s a whole treasure of loot coming to new platforms as six more of these classic games are coming back for another adventure. Enhanced Editions of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate ll, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Neverwinter Nights are all getting new versions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Skybound has become very integral to rescuing games from limbo as they helped the remains of Telltale’s The Walking Dead The Final Season get a full release after the collapse of Telltale as a studio. The company seems excited over the prospect of working on classic RPGs next.
“These games are iconic, including Baldur’s Gate, which has really set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons computer roleplaying games,” said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe. “We’re excited to bring Beamdog’s incredible slate to new platforms for both the dedicated fan and those who will soon discover these adventures for the first time. As longtime fans of Baldur’s Gate and Dungeons & Dragons it’s fantastic to partner with Beamdog as the newest member of the Skybound family.”
For those who somehow don’t know these games, Baldur’s Gate was developed by Bioware and Black Isle Studios in 1998, Planescape: Torment was developed by Black Isle Studios in 1999, Neverwinter Nights came from Bioware in 2002, and Icewind Dale came from Black Isle Studios in 2000. These games were all published under the banner of Interplay Entertainment and are some of the best computer RPGs ever created. Fans still quote some of their more memorable characters to this day, these games are great, and seeing them come back will no doubt excite many fans.