Years before it was known for Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Anthem, BioWare built its reputation on classic isometric RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights. Now those classic games, and some others from the now-defunct Black Isle Studios, will have a new lease on life on modern consoles.
Skybound Games, the company that revived Telltale’s The Walking Dead, is releasing enhanced versions of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, and Planescape: Torment, along with Beamdog’s Siege of Dragonspear expansion for Baldur’s Gate that was originally released in 2016. All of the games will be available later this year for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Of course, whenever classic games are remastered for modern platforms, there is talk about whether or not this means that sequels could be in development. Considering the fact that it’s been almost 20 years since the release of Baldur’s Gate 2, the franchise is long overdue for a sequel.
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As it turns out, there may actually be hope for a new Baldur’s Gate game. According to Interplay founder Brian Fargo (Interplay being the parent company of Black Isle Studios back in the day), Larian Studios is already hard at work on Baldur’s Gate 3, though that has yet to be confirmed or denied by anyone at the studio. Larian Studios, for the uninitiated, is the award-winning team behind the critically-acclaimed Divinity: Original Sin games.
Of course, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about a potential Baldur’s Gate 3 until it’s officially announced, but getting new eyes on the franchise certainly wouldn’t hurt its chances of being developed. Perhaps the release of these classic isometric RPGs will trigger a proper resurgence of this style of game, like we’ve seen with other genres. However, it’s worth pointing out that we’ve already seen some attempts at this, like with Wasteland 2, for example.
Regardless of any new isometric RPGs, fans of the genre will at least be able to look forward to playing the classics on modern platforms when they launch later this year.