Overhaul Games’ enhanced version of all-time fantasy RPG classic Baldur’s Gate has a launch date: September 18th.
That date covers the Windows PC version, which is available for pre-purchase now as a no-client direct download from Beamdog at a cost of $19.99 (minus a $2 discount). Versions for Mac, iPad and Android are also in the works for release within the same time frame, but specific dates are not yet confirmed. The Mobile versions will only cost $9.99, with in-app purchases available for certain extra content, such as character portraits and voice sets.
The Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition website has also been updated extensively today, revealing more details about the upgrades and features new to this remade version of the game. For starters, there’s a standalone arena dungeon called The Black Pits, consisting of 15 levels and more than six hours of challenging battles set within the Underdark.
Three new NPCs will also be available to recruit to your party, each introducing never before seen areas and adventures totaling upwards of 12 additional gameplay hours. There’s Neera the Wild Mage, Dorn II-Khana the half-orc Blackguard, and a Calishite Monk named Rasaad yn Bashir.
As for improvements, the Enhanced Edition boasts over 400 of them, including things like an updated interface, cross-platform multiplayer with matchmaking, newly hand painted cinematics, classes, class kits and subraces from Baldur’s Gate II, and a whole host of engine/performance upgrades.
Pretty much everything you could want updated is being enhanced and expanded, and everything that needs to stay the same is being left alone. Kudos, Overhaul Games. And kudos again!