Overhaul Games Enhancing Baldur’s Gate Classic for iPad

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I still don’t own an iPad (or iPhone) of any generation–mostly because, to me, the investment is too steep for what I’d use it for–but suddenly I feel more inclined than ever to take the hit to my wallet. A single game announcement has made that so: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Last week, after a hype-generating countdown, Baldur’sGate.com launched with the announcement that Overhaul Games is working on enhanced versions of all-time great PC RPGs, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, to be released via Beamdog.com. Both titles will run on a “re-forged version of the Infinity Engine” and feature a “variety of modern improvements.” Overhaul’s team consists of former BioWare developers who worked on the original games, too, so rest assured this project is in caring, competent hands.

Turns out, that initial announcement was only partially complete. This week Overhaul has now confirmed that an iPad version of the Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is also in the pipeline for a summer 2012 iTunes App Store launch. This version will feature the full original game, the expansion pack Tales of the Sword Coast, and additional content not seen in the original release, including a “new adventure and new party member.”

Awesome! Now I can only hope that this leads to re-forged versions of other Infinity Engine classics like Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment. I’ll still most likely be playing on PC, but Baldur’s Gate looking all lovely on that gorgeous iPad screen totally makes me want one.

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