Before Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Dragon Age there was Baldur's Gate. This was Bioware's most iconic series ever, and it influenced the likes of many games, including Bioware's own Dragon Age series. Taking place in the Forgotten Realms, the Baldur's Gate series offered players something that had never really been seen, the ability to pause and be tactical, planning attacks and movement.
In 2001, Black Isle mentioned that they were working on a new Baldur's Gate III, with the title "The Black Hound", using a completely new 3D engine. The Black Hound was originally going to be a departure from the high-powered epic of the Bhaalspawn saga to a low-key, roleplaying plot. However, in 2003 news came that it was canned, never to see the light of day. 2004 rolled around, and IGN reported
that work had been started again on the series, but it was however bought by Atari.
Zoom through to 2012, where a mysterious site has popped up and caused quite a stir on the internet. This website
is being claimed as a new sign of life for the ground breaking series, one that could make many fans cry with joy. AU Gamespot
is reporting that GameBanshee, a company that was cofounded by Trent Oster, a BioWare veteran who held various roles working games ranging from Neverwinter Nights to Dragon Age, is working on a new Baldur's Gate title.
Speaking to GameBanshee, Oster confirmed only that his company has an announcement on the horizon, and that announcement does not pertain to the rumored Steam rereleases of the original games. A Beamdog representative confirmed this statement for GameSpot.
With all this news buzzing around, may we soon see a modern rendition of Baldur's Gate, the very series that catapulted a lot of gamers into the RPG genre.
Another interesting note is if you view the page source of the rumoured website, a cryptic form of text is hidden in the script, mentioning the Infinity Engine which was used in the previous Baldur's Gate series.
-- February 28, 2012 --
-- Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine --
-- For years, I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory. --
-- And then... it returned. Better than it was before. --
-- Pore over the tapestries and works of art hanging from our walls if you wish, Child of Bhaal... perhaps you will find a clue. But patience, ah... patience would reveal it all. --
Hopefully more information will be revealed soon, but for now, keep your eyes peeled! Let us know in the comments if you ever played the iconic series, and what would you like to see in a series reboot?