As a massive fan of Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale back in the day, I was super stoked when Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced back in 2002. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be. Not only did BG3 never surface, Black Isle Studios also closed its gates shortly thereafter.
For those that have been waiting patiently, you’ll be happy to know that a new Baldur’s Gate title is finally coming! Sort of. Seventeen years after the release of Baldur’s Gate we are finally seeing a new stand-alone ‘expansion’ of sorts called “Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear”.
Beamdog, the same team that brought us the enhanced editions of BG and BG2, is behind the project and plans to use the same Infinity Engine for the title. While that means the graphics and gameplay style will remain largely the same as ever, the good news is that the story and many of the characters will be brand new with the events of the game set between the original Baldur’s Gate and its sequel.
Speaking further of the storyline, Beamdog had the following to say:
The events between Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition are at last revealed in this exciting new expansion to the original game.
Though Sarevok is dead and his plan for war averted, peace eludes the citizens of Baldur’s Gate. A crusade marches in the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery. Can the rumors be true—is she, like you, the child of a god?
The closer you get to the Shining Lady, the more you realize your father, the dead Lord of Murder still casts a long shadow upon your path. Baldur’s Gate has put its faith in you, but you must determine whose interests you truly serve before you face the Shining Lady among the ruins of Dragonspear Castle.
There’s no exact word on when we can expect the new expansion game, other than later this year. Not only will it arrive to Android, but you can also expect it on PC, Mac, Linux and iOS. So how about it, excited for a new entry in the series — even if it isn’t quite the Baldur’s Gate 3 many have been hoping and waiting for all these years?