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wtf is going on with Baldur's Gate?

BullioBullio Registered User regular
edited March 2012 in Games and Technology
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So there's this, which spawned articles like this today from sites I've never heard of and bastions of high-quality gaming journalism like Kotaku. What does it all mean? The popular speculation I drudged up from my 2 minutes of Googling yielded the following speculation:

1) An iPad port (site's source code mentions the Infinity Engine, and this would be a great thing to show off at the iPad 3 reveal next week *HINT HINT, damnit!*)
2) A new game (maybe BG3, perhaps an MMO [please, no], or a f2p Facebook game [NO!!])
3) It's not related to BG2 complete being released on Steam (which I guess has been confirmed to happen outside of the Steam registry link?)

The site is registered to this guy, who apparently worked on BG1 and is now with Beamdog. He's not saying anything right now, but is fueling speculation with his latest tweets (whether he means to or not). But judging by his twitter profile pic, he obviously knows something. That's not an expression capable of coming from an ignorant, innocent person. Smug jerk.
Spoiler:

Oh, and the DnD anthology collection with BG 1/2, IWD 1/2, ToEE, and PS:T is still $7 at GamersGate.

EDIT: Completely unhelpful teaser from questionable source complete with misspelled title.

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  • SightTDWSightTDW Registered User regular
    Could be a BG3 kickstarter revival for all we know.

    Y'know, that'd be really awesome actually. Probably not the case, but still.

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  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Registered User regular
    Judging from so many other "reboots" these days...

    Expect it to be a multiplayer FPS based on the Baldurs Gate license. But instead of being based on D&D it'll be a reimagining in modern times with technology instead of magic.

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    SightTDW wrote: »
    Could be a BG3 kickstarter revival for all we know.

    Y'know, that'd be really awesome actually. Probably not the case, but still.

    Atari own the rights to anything D&D related videogame wise, so I imagine they would not need to do so.

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  • BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
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    If this is a remake or sequel somebody can take all my money.

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  • ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    I don't know who this guy is or what rights he has to Baldur's Gate franchise, but getting your hopes up for a full fledged sequel because of this is just silly. Something like a new port sounds more reasonable. And that's assuming it's not just a troll.

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  • ZxerolZxerol The fullest, most luscious beard. Registered User regular
    Betting iOS port.

  • MasumeMasume Creator Caprica, FloridaRegistered User regular
    Well they are re-doing Neverwinter Nights, maybe they are getting a heads up on a Baldur's Gate with the same engine?

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  • FairchildFairchild Neutralizing hostiles. Registered User regular
    Corpekata wrote: »
    SightTDW wrote: »
    Could be a BG3 kickstarter revival for all we know.

    Y'know, that'd be really awesome actually. Probably not the case, but still.

    Atari own the rights to anything D&D related videogame wise, so I imagine they would not need to do so.

    I was just about to ask who holds the rights to BALDUR'S GATE. Are you sure it's not Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast ?

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    February 28, 2012
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  • AegeriAegeri Registered User regular
    Judging from so many other "reboots" these days...

    Expect it to be a multiplayer FPS based on the Baldurs Gate license. But instead of being based on D&D it'll be a reimagining in modern times with technology instead of magic.

    And only pay lip-service to DnD in calling things like the terrorists "Beholders" and similar. See, it's totally the same game! We even use the same word that they did every now and again in the previous game!

  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    Zxerol wrote: »
    Betting iOS port.

    These need to stop. Seriously. I'm not anti-ipod games or anything, but games like Chrono Trigger and FF are classics and porting games like that to something that has no buttons and possibly Kayne West songs on it too is just freaking embarrassing. Please don't add BG to this shamefulness.

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  • ZxerolZxerol The fullest, most luscious beard. Registered User regular
    To be fair, since the Infinity Engine games were almost entirely mouse-driven to begin with, they make much more sense on touchscreen platforms as opposed to something like Megaman-fucking-X.

  • VoroVoro Registered User regular
    Corpekata wrote: »
    SightTDW wrote: »
    Could be a BG3 kickstarter revival for all we know.

    Y'know, that'd be really awesome actually. Probably not the case, but still.

    Atari own the rights to anything D&D related videogame wise, so I imagine they would not need to do so.

    I'm pretty sure the aftermath of the lawsuit against Atari ended with Hasbro getting the license back. However, I don't have high hopes given how well Hasbro worked with Troika on TToEE.

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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    Fairchild wrote: »
    Corpekata wrote: »
    SightTDW wrote: »
    Could be a BG3 kickstarter revival for all we know.

    Y'know, that'd be really awesome actually. Probably not the case, but still.

    Atari own the rights to anything D&D related videogame wise, so I imagine they would not need to do so.

    I was just about to ask who holds the rights to BALDUR'S GATE. Are you sure it's not Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast ?

    Yup. Hasbro owned it last, and their videogame arm retained the rights. Videogame arm was sold to Infogrames, who bought Atari, who later renamed themselves into the current company we know as Atari. But like I said, just the video game right.

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    My greatest fear....
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  • CorpekataCorpekata Registered User regular
    Worth pointing out Beamdog did do those MDK HD remakes. Bioware games, but owned by Interplay so not exactly set in stone.

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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    Zxerol wrote: »
    Betting iOS port.

    That's where my money is too.

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  • SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    From the guy's latest twitter I call troll.

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  • striderjgstriderjg Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    I say troll to. I did a quick trace route when I first saw this and it's not just registered with godaddy. As far as I can tell the site is HOSTED by godaddy. If it were anything major coming out of atari I definitely don't think it would be hosted by godaddy unless they were really trying to obfuscate. I suppose it could be a outsourced port or something though.

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  • DisruptorX2DisruptorX2 Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    wtf is going on with Baldur's Gate?

    Nothing. It is mercifully dead.

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  • AegeriAegeri Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    So you think, at least until we reboot it as a scintillating modern day FPS set in the middle east against Taliban insurgent Orcs.

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  • vagrant_windsvagrant_winds is pumped-up. Registered User regular
    Burnage wrote: »
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    If this is a remake or sequel somebody can take all my money.

    Take all of my Gold!

    Oh god. Oh god. Oh god. I wants it. I wants it bad.

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  • Mustachio JonesMustachio Jones Registered User regular
    So long as the Infinity Engine is involved, I'll allow it.

  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    So you think, at least until we reboot it as a scintillating modern day FPS set in the middle east against Taliban insurgent Orcs.

    Time stop.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    So you think, at least until we reboot it as a scintillating modern day FPS set in the middle east against Taliban insurgent Orcs.

    Time stop.

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  • EVOLEVOL Registered User regular
    I'll just say that I don't want modern day Bioware to lay even a goddamn pinky on it if it's a new game.

  • FremFrem Registered User regular
    There was some fan-made engine that let you dump the data files from some Infinity Engine games into it that would make them run on Android (and iOS until Apple ban-hammered it). It apparently worked pretty decently. I would not be opposed to an official port.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    "I feel it's important that everyone knows just how much we care about this franchise. We're all big fans, really HUGE fans of the series here, really! And that’s why we’re so intent on keeping true to the spirit of the games.”

    *Releases a fantasy FPS inspired by CoD.*



    Add 2 bonus points for each of the following criteria:

    In the lead up to release:
    - The devs will continually assure people how huge fans they are of the first games, but only in the most vague terms.
    - They also talk about their "exciting" and innovative new features, which actually look relatively generic and uninteresting
    - They get repeatedly asked in the gaming press how they feel about the hardcore fanbase response (inevitably unpleasant and vitriolic)
    - They respond in mildly mocking tone that "This is OUR take on the series" and that fans only want an exact replica of the original with moar graphics.
    - A controversial marketing faux-pas at some point. Like sending a severed head to people or something, I don't know.

    After release:
    - The singleplayer campaign is overly linear and with dull gameplay because it took all the wrong lessons from the games it's imitating.
    - There is multiplayer but it feels tacked on because they feel it's a necessary requirement today.
    - The multiplayer is extremely dependent on persistent unlocks that aren't fun and take forever to get everything.
    - The multiplayer dies on its feet and you can barely find a game 3 months after release.
    - One year down the line, an off-the-cuff remark by a publisher implies it didn't do as well as hoped for all the marketing money spent.


    If the title accrues 10 points or higher, you will be gifted a free copy of... something. Maybe Wing Commander Arena.

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  • VoroVoro Registered User regular
    subedii wrote: »
    - The singleplayer campaign is overly linear and with dull gameplay because it took all the wrong lessons from the games it's imitating.

    "We feel Irenicus' Dungeon was the high point of Baldur's Gate 2, so we used it as the inspiration for the entire single player campaign."

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  • Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous WALK 3X FASTER New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    Baldurs Gate belonged to interplay, separate from the D&D license.

    So either someone bought it off of them, or the hobo and his rats have decided to start working on something else now that Fallout Online is dead.

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  • Kevin CristKevin Crist Her lipstick can't be wrong My sweet summer is gone.Registered User regular
    I would love to play a first or third person shooter with a modern day commando squad fighting their way through a fantasy setting.

    Kinda like ArenaNet's April fools gag from last year.

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  • VoroVoro Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    If Bioware's copyright page is correct, no, Interplay really doesn't own much of Baldur's Gate, certainly not the name. They're listed as having copyright to "portions" of BG2, but not much else.
    Spoiler:

    http://www.bioware.com/copyright

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  • evilthecatevilthecat Registered User regular
    the site is down for me.
    tbh I'd prefer if they started a new fantasy adventure, the whole baalspawn saga was wrapped up pretty nicely.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    I would love to play a first or third person shooter with a modern day commando squad fighting their way through a fantasy setting.

    Kinda like ArenaNet's April fools gag from last year.

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  • LanrutconLanrutcon Registered User regular
    I would love to play a first or third person shooter with a modern day commando squad fighting their way through a fantasy setting.

    Kinda like ArenaNet's April fools gag from last year.

    Oh hell yeah. You play a squad leader for a team of marines who run into some kind of rip in spacetime. You and your squad get chucked into the other world where it's all high fantasy. Then you gotta survive in a world filled with magic, monsters and non-humans. No batteries or power plugs anywhere, no extra ammunition for your firearms, no idea what anyone is saying.

    Open world survival action team-based shooter rpg.

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  • SightTDWSightTDW Registered User regular
    Looks like the sites been updated. There's character portraits in the background, apparently the music is broken at the moment, but I think that's just a bug. Not seeing any new comments in the source.

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  • DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    i goddamn hate this new worldwide trend of announcing of announcements.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited February 2012
    Soon they'll be announcing that they are going to announce an announcement about the announcement of the new game Announcer 12, where you play someone who talks in a really loud voice about new things and you have to choose which thing to say to get people to not try to kill you.

    Yeah I don't like it either. It's blatant manipulation of human curiosity for commercial gain. I pretty much loathe anything that doesn't even bother hiding that it's pushing your buttons. I mean, jesus, they could at least try.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited February 2012
    I like that, absent any information at all, this thread is just chock-full of people quivering with anticipation for the chance to rend their clothing and gnash their teeth over their violated childhoods.

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