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The Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Siege of Dragonspear and Icewind Dale just got a bit more enhanced with the huge 2.6 upgrade for all games out now. One that has been in Beta for each game for some time, while all the kinks were worked out because the tech behind them had a big update.

Here's the highlights of what's new:

  • Upgrade to 64-Bit | A much needed upgrade for modern machines— this improves system compatibility
  • 7 New Character Voice Sets | New player voice sets, including two from the legendary Mark Meer reprising his roles as Alveus Malcanter and Baeloth Barrityl
  • 11 New Character Portraits | New character portraits to customize your hero’s look
  • Hundreds of Bug Fixes | Includes scores of fixes to spells and hero abilities
  • Improved Pathfinding | Smoother party movement and navigation
  • New Localizations |
    • Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition | Added French text localization (beta)
    • Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear | Added French (beta), Italian, German, Ukrainian and Polish text localizations
    • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition | Added Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified) text localizations

The upgrade comes along with updated system requirements too. For Linux they are:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 or equivalent distribution
  • A Dual Core processor
  • A whole 1GB RAM
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Not exactly high still, the games all pretty much run on potatoes. The commitment to keeping all of them up to date though is fantastic, Beamdog have done a pretty awesome job overall especially with their continued Linux support.

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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Cyril 21 Apr
Can anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Liam Dawe 21 Apr
Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.
Cyril 21 Apr
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: CyrilCan anyone can confirm the French is also included in the GOG releases?
Should be, the downloads are up to date.

Yes, but I admit it triggered me at "(beta)" and thought about the Beta system on Steam...
But I can't see mention of it in their update, so yeah it should be there!


Last edited by Cyril on 21 April 2021 at 7:52 pm UTC
pageround 21 Apr
Well I'm excited the update is out of beta! Anyone know why Planescape EE is not on the list?
skye 21 Apr
It has been such a pleasure having people keep these games (plus nwn) alive and evolving. Thanks Beamdog!
RafiLinux 22 Apr
As a person who's not played an RPG like this in decades which one is the most new player friendly to get?
pageround 22 Apr
Quoting: RafiLinuxAs a person who's not played an RPG like this in decades which one is the most new player friendly to get?

I just played through BG1 for the first time. It was a fun experience that starts you off at level 1. I did a fairly completionist run that took about 100 hours of playtime, although Ive heard of people beating it in 35 hours. Either way its a pretty good intro for me. Ive also played some multiplayer years ago in IWD with game ranger, if you have friends you want to play with I'd recommend that, otherwise BG1.

Edit: Edit to say that Pillars of Eternity (I and II) are awesome if you're looking for a more recent vintage in the isometric crpg variety.


Last edited by pageround on 22 April 2021 at 3:01 am UTC
Shmerl 22 Apr
Is the GOG version latest for Baldur's Gate games? It lists 2.6.5 in the installer, but changelog doesn't have any recent info.


Last edited by Shmerl on 22 April 2021 at 3:50 am UTC
Appelsin 22 Apr
Quoting: pageround
Quoting: RafiLinuxAs a person who's not played an RPG like this in decades which one is the most new player friendly to get?
Edit: Edit to say that Pillars of Eternity (I and II) are awesome if you're looking for a more recent vintage in the isometric crpg variety.

Don't forget Tyranny :) An absolute gem, that seems to have flown completely under the radar of most. It's also from Obsidian, and I absolutely loved it. It has more of an "ancient Greece" feel than the usual "medieval europe", which really tickles my fancy.
redneckdrow 22 Apr
Personally, I'm waiting to start a new game until I test for broken mods.

For those who don't know, the Infinity Engine games have an enormous and dedicated modding community spanning 23 years! The Tweaks Anthology is a must to me, it just adds so many options! Also, if you find the AI a bit dull, and want to increase the difficulty without letting it cheat via the difficulty slider, try Sword Coast Strategems, but be warned, it's not for a first timer or the faint of heart.

Note that modding the native versions requires that the games be installed either in a case-insensitive filesystem or one that supports casefolding. This comment on the G3 forums can help with setting this up.
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