Beamdog has released a gameplay trailer of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, giving us our closest look yet at the remake. Overhaul Games used an improved version of the Infinity Engine to build Enhanced Edition.
For those who don't know: The Infinity Engine is a game engine which allows the creation of isometric role-playing video games. It was originally developed by BioWare for a prototype RTS game codenamed Battleground Infinity, which was ultimately re-engineered to become the first installment of the Baldur's Gate series. BioWare used it again in the subsequent installments of the series, but also licensed the engine to Interplay's Black Isle Studios.
The new Enhanced Edition includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack and new content, including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.
It's out 28th November on iOS (iPad), PC and Mac, and the Android version will follow soon after.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is out today! But only on PC. The game goes live at 8pm GMT. The creative director, Trent Oster, confirmed via Twitter that you can buy and pre-load it now from the game's official website. The iPad version had a crash bug that prevented approval by Apple. It'll be a week late. Oster explained:
"iOS build had a game-stopper bug. With current estimate for App Store approval, that puts us into next week. We're doing all we can. We aren't going home until the new build is submitted. We've done a lot of builds and testing and we are close now.
The Android tablet build is trailing iOS. Our current crash is cross-platform, so the fixes are for all platforms. Legacy code bites again. We'll get Android done before Christmas. The list of supported devices might be very Nvidia skewed though."
Mac OSX approvals are taking even longer than on iOS, so it is hard to predict. PC is only launch date they can control. When asked about a possible iPhone build, He said BG:EE does work on the smartphone, but the buttons are simply too small to press. Later they can re-UI. He also confirmed on Twitter that Overhaul Games is also working on a cross-platform save-game solution but it's not finished yet.