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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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Feist 22 Apr
It's great to see these updates coming. I only wish the sourcecode for "IWD II" hadn't been lost, since I remember loving that game as well back in the day. Frankly I would have preferred Beamdog to be developing BG3, partly because I was very pleased with their work on "Siege of Dragonspear" and partly because I would have wanted the series to stay true too it's RTwP-roots.

Quoting: AppelsinDon'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.

Agreed! I loved Tyranny as well and thought it didn't get nearly the accolades it deserved. The magic system in particular was inventive & entertaining and the story itself felt really fresh. As far as my personal tastes were concerned, I enjoyed it more than either of the "Pillars" titles. (though they were certainly great as well)

Last edited by Feist on 22 April 2021 at 7:28 am UTC
beko 22 Apr
Tyranny is a little gem - replay value included. The two Pillars Of Eternity games are also very good.

As of the classic BGs… Go for the eyes, Boo! ;)
Nugrud 22 Apr
Nice, though... I won't gush out about BD, because they made me angry when they withdrew BG classic games from GOG, that are needed for GemRB project. I know that they are bundled with EE games on gog, but I bought EE games on steam, where they are not bundled, so I would have to buy EE versions again on GOG to get the classic games ... Besides that sjw writer pushing her views and disregarding the spirit of the classics... I am currently in my 4th runthrough of BG1+2, I hope the patch didn't break anything.

Last edited by Nugrud on 22 April 2021 at 6:13 pm UTC
Wait, weren't they supposed to fix the multiplayer working, too? I hope they actually did.

Quoting: RafiLinuxAs a person who's not played an RPG like this in decades which one is the most new player friendly to get?

BG1 has DnD3.5 starting rules issues (ie pathetically level 1 mixed in with encounters that may one shot you if you aren't a fighter. But then you are a fighter at later stages of the game). Pacing is fine without having some big flaws. Except Dragonspear, which was pretty damn slow for me.

BG2 having you start off level 9 mean you avoid the many of the starting rules issues. Pacing is a bit better but it suffer a bit with the big cleavages of going into the Underdark for example.

IWD is super combat focus. Not bad, just a head up.

Pillars of Eternity is good, tho the villain of the first one is kinda lame (because he's kinda of way to mysterious, it may end up a bit anticlimatic). The second one is overall very fine.

I need to play Tyranny, it looks really good, even if it's a bit short.
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