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Getting real close to release now is the huge 2.6 upgrade for the Beamdog classic RPGs now including Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.

They've gradually moved from one game to the next, opening up an opt-in Beta you can try for each right now on Steam. Each of them needing some feedback to ensure you can properly play it including double-checking the save system is working correctly.

2.6 is a big upgrade for Beamdog's enhanced version of the Infinity Engine and while it won't solve every last issue in each of the noted games, it's still a needed update for them all.

Want to get involved? They need Linux testing too (the Beta is Steam only, other stores when ready). We've reported on the Baldur's Gate Beta testing before but now  Icewind Dale is included and the Baldur's Gate titles also got fresh updates. See the links below for each for more info:

- Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
- Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
- Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
- Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

You can see the full changelist here. Some highlights for all include:

  • Changed to 64 bit executables; 32 bit operating systems are no longer supported
  • Hundreds of bug fixes including many spell fixes
  • Improved pathfinding
  • Improved multiplayer stability
  • Added Adventurers of Neverwinter content to all games
  • Added French, Italian, German, Ukrainian and Polish text localizations to Siege of Dragonspear
  • Added French text localization to Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
  • Added Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified) text localizations to Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

Need to buy a copy? Links below:

- Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - GOG / Steam
- Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear - GOG / Steam
- Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition - GOG / Steam
- Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition - GOG / Steam

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slaapliedje 15 Jan
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Nice! This may give me the reason to finally beat these games! I have bought them enough times! Even own them on the Switch.
pageround 15 Jan
I own all of Beamdogs games on steam. I am playing through BG for the first time thanks to them. I'm loving it. One thing to note, if you opt into the beta you will not unlock achievements. Saves were compatible between the current and beta versions for me.
cwbutcher 15 Jan
Quoting: pageroundI own all of Beamdogs games on steam. I am playing through BG for the first time thanks to them. I'm loving it. One thing to note, if you opt into the beta you will not unlock achievements. Saves were compatible between the current and beta versions for me.

That's odd as I'm opted into the beta on Icewind Dale and getting achievements okay.
pageround 15 Jan
Quoting: cwbutcher
Quoting: pageroundI own all of Beamdogs games on steam. I am playing through BG for the first time thanks to them. I'm loving it. One thing to note, if you opt into the beta you will not unlock achievements. Saves were compatible between the current and beta versions for me.

That's odd as I'm opted into the beta on Icewind Dale and getting achievements okay.

Thanks for that info. I was using the beta for a while and noticed i missed the "Victory Is Mine" achievement, which is a main-storyline achievement. Granted I might have missed something as it is my first time through. :)
slaapliedje 16 Jan
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It is a shame the source for Icewind Dale II was misplaced. Could use another game in the series.
tpau 16 Jan
I still hope for some better graphics. Never winter still felt a bit outdated when I first looked at the new release.
slaapliedje 17 Jan
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Quoting: tpauI still hope for some better graphics. Never winter still felt a bit outdated when I first looked at the new release.
Luckily for me I am in the crowd of people that think if it plays great, graphics don't matter much.

These are the type of game that even when they were new, they didn't have earth shattering graphics, but the stories were rich and that is why they are still loved today.
Hamish 8 Feb
So I just went back and finished Icewind Dale after leaving it parked right before the final boss battles for a year and a half. Guess I will wait on starting Heart of Winter until after the update is available for GOG.com buyers.
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