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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.

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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:

@TrentOster can you confirm IWD:EE will be on Linux? It mentions it on the steam image, but no where else? Bit confusing!

— GamingOnLinux (@gamingonlinux) August 31, 2014

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:

@IGerth News is we plan on shipping Linux on steam as part of our upcoming Steamplay support.

— Trent Oster (@TrentOster) August 31, 2014
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micmon 31 Aug, 2014
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 :)
seven 31 Aug, 2014
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 :(
lave 1 Sep, 2014
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.

Quoting: seventreating the linux gaming community as third rate people
to be honest, technically we are just that :P
seven 1 Sep, 2014
Quoteto be honest, technically we are just that :P
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
omer666 1 Sep, 2014
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.
DrMcCoy 1 Sep, 2014
Quoting: 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.

Quoting: 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.
FutureSuture 1 Sep, 2014
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.
oldrocker99 1 Sep, 2014
In fact, Windows gamers were underwhelmed by BG:EE; PC Gamer pointed out that the superior BG experience lay in modding the original game with a well-crafted and certainly bug-free bunch of mods. For games of this type, and I do like them, the Real Deal will be Torment:Tides of Numenaria, and Pillars of Eternity. Both will have the orthogonal view of your party, with an advanced plot (these are the same people who did Planescape:Torment, which should be all you need to know), and the tried-and-true Black Isle pausable combat system we all used to love, back in the day.

Those are the games I am waiting for, at any rate. I did support both on Kickstarter (after getting excited over Wasteland 2), so it's just a matter of time.
Apopas 1 Sep, 2014
Quoting: lavelnever could go back to the "horrible" graphics just for the gameplay.
So you value graphics more than gameplay?
sev 1 Sep, 2014
I will definitely buy this on Linux if it is released. I am hungry for more quality RPGs.
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