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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition For Linux & Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Linux Update
Posted , 31 August 2014 at 6:59 pm UTC / 6890 views

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been announced to much fanfare and it looks like it will be getting a Linux version. Well sort of, maybe, we aren't quite sure.

The problem is "Linux" has only been mentioned once that we can see, and that's on their Steam coming soon button. It's not mentioned in any other announcement or their FAQ, but this is still on their official site.

We have reached out to Trent Oster about IWD:EE for clarification:
No reply as of yet.

We always suggest holding off on buying anything until the Linux version is actually downloadable. We will update this article if we do get a reply, but if you see one elsewhere about it be sure to email us.

For someone like myself who always wanted to play the original and never got around to it this is exciting! I just wish they were more bloody clear about it.

About Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features.

Baldur's Gate
So, with the Steam button saying Linux why are we so confused? They are the same developers behind Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition which was announced to be coming to Linux in December 2012, and it still hasn't managed to surface. We do have a rather unhelpful update below on that though:

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micmon commented on 31 August 2014 at 7:25 pm UTC

I never finished IWD... maybe I would give it another try if the EE is released for Linux.

Good to see you writing lots of articles again btw

I never finished IWD... maybe I would give it another try if the EE is released for Linux. Good to see you writing lots of articles again btw :)
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seven commented on 31 August 2014 at 9:14 pm UTC

i would love to play these games natively, but i do loath the dev for treating the linux gaming community as third rate people. i will buy as soon as the native version comes out. that will propably not happen before 2017

i would love to play these games natively, but i do loath the dev for treating the linux gaming community as third rate people. i will buy as soon as the native version comes out. that will propably not happen before 2017 :(
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nll_a commented on 1 September 2014 at 1:32 am UTC

I never had the opportunity to play either one of them. I'll definitely wait to play both on my Linux box, even if it still takes a while.

I never had the opportunity to play either one of them. I'll definitely wait to play both on my Linux box, even if it still takes a while.
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lave commented on 1 September 2014 at 6:45 am UTC

loved baldurs gate, skipped this one tho because it looked to similar. i kinda regret this but never could go back to the "horrible" graphics just for the gameplay. so yeah im pretty much excited.

also:

seventreating the linux gaming community as third rate people
to be honest, technically we are just that

loved baldurs gate, skipped this one tho because it looked to similar. i kinda regret this but never could go back to the "horrible" graphics just for the gameplay. so yeah im pretty much excited. also: [quote=seven]treating the linux gaming community as third rate people[/quote] to be honest, technically we are just that :P
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seven commented on 1 September 2014 at 10:09 am UTC

Quoteto be honest, technically we are just that
technically we are first rate people but numerically we are indeed third rate. I hope steambox will bring alot of new gamers and linux adepts

[quote]to be honest, technically we are just that :P[/quote] technically we are first rate people but numerically we are indeed third rate. I hope steambox will bring alot of new gamers and linux adepts
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omer666 commented on 1 September 2014 at 11:22 am UTC

I got very far into Icewind Dale on the Mac port at the time. I had a good time playing it, but to me the story is much weaker than both Baldur's Gates. Still, the gameplay is a lot of fun if you like D&D game mechanics.

I got very far into Icewind Dale on the Mac port at the time. I had a good time playing it, but to me the story is much weaker than both Baldur's Gates. Still, the gameplay is a lot of fun if you like D&D game mechanics.
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DrMcCoy commented on 1 September 2014 at 11:55 am UTC

lavenever could go back to the "horrible" graphics just for the gameplay

I personally think the graphics of the Infinity engine games are beautiful.
And if you're talking about the small screen space because of the low resolution: there's a mod for that.

omer666to me the story is much weaker than both Baldur's Gates

Of course. The two Icewind Dale games were always meant as low story actiony titles. Planescape: Torment is the opposite: high in story and low in combat. The Baldur's Gate games are kind of in the middle, balancing story and action.

[quote=lave]never could go back to the "horrible" graphics just for the gameplay[/quote] I personally think the graphics of the Infinity engine games are beautiful. And if you're talking about the small screen space because of the low resolution: there's a mod for that. [quote=omer666]to me the story is much weaker than both Baldur's Gates[/quote] Of course. The two Icewind Dale games were always meant as low story actiony titles. Planescape: Torment is the opposite: high in story and low in combat. The Baldur's Gate games are kind of in the middle, balancing story and action.
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nll_a commented on 1 September 2014 at 1:17 pm UTC

seventechnically we are first rate people but numerically we are indeed third rate. I hope steambox will bring alot of new gamers and linux adepts

Yeah, I also believe Linux gaming will be considered as something like BSME/SME (Before Steam Machines Era/Steam Machines Era). It already seems to be the case.

I honestly think we're lucky to be considered at all BSME. As long as it's nicely playable and unbutchered, I'm happy to wait (right now I got more games than I can play anyway). Perhaps when we're on SME we can get more demanding.

[quote=seven]technically we are first rate people but numerically we are indeed third rate. I hope steambox will bring alot of new gamers and linux adepts[/quote] Yeah, I also believe Linux gaming will be considered as something like BSME/SME (Before Steam Machines Era/Steam Machines Era). It already seems to be the case. I honestly think we're lucky to be considered at all BSME. As long as it's nicely playable and unbutchered, I'm happy to wait (right now I got more games than I can play anyway). Perhaps when we're on SME we can get more demanding. :D
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FutureSuture commented on 1 September 2014 at 3:08 pm UTC
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Just A Friendly Reminder: Don't Buy A Game Until It Is Officially On Linux. This seems to apply here quite a bit considering the situation with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

[url=http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/just-a-friendly-reminder-dont-buy-a-game-until-it-is-officially-on-linux.3934]Just A Friendly Reminder: Don't Buy A Game Until It Is Officially On Linux.[/url] This seems to apply here quite a bit considering the situation with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
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