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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to get a Steam release and for Linux too

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Well this is something of a surprise, the classic Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance appeared on Steam just recently and it seems the developer is ensuring there will be a Linux port too.

Originally released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and later other consoles it recently saw an improve re-release for the latest generation of consoles. Black Isle Studios are now bringing it to Steam, with the store page going live just recently and going by the store page trailer it will go to GOG too but no store page there yet.

Black Isle Studios have been working on older titles a fair bit recently, bringing more retro games to Steam with Interplay and this is another that will have a Linux version.

"Experience the massively popular world of Baldur's Gate as never before. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance thrusts you into an epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure filled with intense action, intricate puzzles and sinister intrigue, where your mastery of cold steel and devastating spells is the only thing between you and ultimate evil."

No release date is being given yet but the team did mention on Twitter that it would be "very soon".

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Tags: GOG, RPG, Steam, Upcoming
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slaapliedje Dec 17, 2021
Quoting: Marlockany Baldurs Gate series, any Icewind Dale series and any of the classic Fallout games (the isometric RPG ones) coming to Linux are an instant buy for me.

I still have the original media for a few of them from my windows days, so I can totally run them via Proton, wine or GemRB, but having them as native linux titles is something I just feel compeled to support!

Have I become an Ilinuxthid thrall?!


ps: what happened to Icewind Dale 2 on Steam?! whyyyyy only windows on GOG?! it's my favourite series by far, this just breaks my heart!
Funny enough, they dropped the name of Baldur's Gate from the New Dark Alliance game... as well as dropping the fun...
slaapliedje Dec 17, 2021
Huh, they may want to change their system requirements a bit. Says it requires a 64-bit processor and operating system... then lists Processor: Pentium 4 2ghz and AMD AthlonXP 2400... problem is, not all Pentium 4s at 2ghz have 64bit extensions.
Phlebiac Dec 17, 2021
Quoting: Marlockwhat happened to Icewind Dale 2

I seem to recall hearing that Beamdog couldn't remaster that one because the source code was lost.
https://screenrant.com/dungeons-dragons-icewind-dale-2-port-baldurs-gate/
Marlock Dec 17, 2021
That's terrible, if it's true!

I don't get why they won't just partner with GemRB devs to help it work as the new official opensource engine for their remastered releases...

They should be able to work on the game resources without the source code and GemRB is already working on IW2 with playable status:

https://gemrb.org/Features.html
metalinux Dec 17, 2021
Fantastic news, this was an amazing title to play in co-op and very happy indeed to see a Linux port on GOG is coming. Absolutely brilliant.
slaapliedje Dec 17, 2021
Quoting: Phlebiac
Quoting: Marlockwhat happened to Icewind Dale 2

I seem to recall hearing that Beamdog couldn't remaster that one because the source code was lost.
https://screenrant.com/dungeons-dragons-icewind-dale-2-port-baldurs-gate/
This is what I had heard/read as well.

It is a sad fact, that far too often the source code is trashed after a game is released.
furaxhornyx Dec 17, 2021
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I still have the original game on my Xbox... but somehow never really got hooked by it
DebianUser Dec 17, 2021
OMG Awesome !
Pretty good memories playing this with my brother yeaaars ago.
adolson Dec 17, 2021
I loved this game. Bought it for Xbox, then later for GameCube, and even the [kinda crappy] GameBoy Advance port. Will buy it at some point for Linux, too.
slaapliedje Dec 17, 2021
Quoting: adolsonI loved this game. Bought it for Xbox, then later for GameCube, and even the [kinda crappy] GameBoy Advance port. Will buy it at some point for Linux, too.
Sadly, I think the second one only came out on the PS2. Good thing I put a hard drive in mine :P
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