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Beamdog [Official Site] have officially announced their next revamp of a classic with Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition. I have it confirmed it will be on Linux too.

See Also: My interview with Beamdog earlier this year.

Their official press details sent out to me clearly listed Linux as a release platform, as expected, since their previous revamps are also on Linux. Really great to see another classic get a refresh, but not only that, to see it get proper official Linux support.

For those that don't remember, Neverwinter Nights did actually have a Linux version, although it wasn't well supported, so it's fantastic that we get it properly this time.

With that out of the way, here's the trailer:

From the press email I woke up to today:

We are incredibly proud of the work the team has done so far on Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, and with the community’s feedback, we will continue fixing bugs and adding features for launch. We’ve added an improved display that looks great on modern 4k monitors, UI elements now adjust in size based on chosen resolution, and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights work in the Enhanced Edition.

Here's what it will include:

  • Improved Display: Your portrait, combat bar, inventory, and other UI elements adjust in size based on your chosen resolution including 1080p and 4k.
  • Advanced Graphics Options: Pixel shaders and post-processing effects make for crisper, cleaner visuals. Enable contrast, vibrance, and depth of field options as preferred.
  • Community Endorsed: Original developers have teamed with key members of the Neverwinter Nights community to curate important fan-requested improvements to support players, storytellers, and modders.
  • Backwards Compatibility: Works with save games, modules, and mods from the original Neverwinter Nights. A galaxy of community created content awaits.

They will be doing a livestream later today at 8PM UTC on their official Twitch channel, where they will give out more info. The official site will be up here, likely once the livestream is over.

Beamdog said that pre-orders will go live today and the game will cost $19.99, it should also get a Steam page later today too. On top of that, Beamdog will be selecting players from the pre-order pool for their "Head Start program" to "play, import modules, and update persistent world servers early".

They will also be doing a Digital Deluxe bundle, which will include Pirates of the Sword Coast, Infinite Dungeons, and Wyvern Crown of Cormyr), two soundtracks collecting all of the original music, and a new portrait pack. Each DLC will also be sold separately for those that don't want it all.

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drmoth 21 November 2017 at 10:29 am UTC
Wow, didn't expect this...this is very cool. Thanks Beamdog!

EDIT: What about the expansions? They were the most fun - Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark


Last edited by drmoth at 21 November 2017 at 10:32 am UTC
abelthorne 21 November 2017 at 10:33 am UTC
Will they also redo the NWN editor (if so, on Linux too? the original was specific to Windows) or is it only the game itself?
liamdawe 21 November 2017 at 10:40 am UTC
abelthorneWill they also redo the NWN editor (if so, on Linux too? the original was specific to Windows) or is it only the game itself?
I'm afraid the editor was not mentioned in the press details.
Elvanex 21 November 2017 at 10:48 am UTC
Sweet! =D Neverwinter Nights was always my favorite of the classics. Glad to see it get a revamp.
rustybroomhandle 21 November 2017 at 10:49 am UTC
Wonder who owns the rights to this. Originally was Atari+Bioware.
Sslaxx 21 November 2017 at 10:52 am UTC
Hasbro own the rights to it now.

If there's no editor (even if the editor is Windows/Mac-only), then I wouldn't consider buying this.
Janne 21 November 2017 at 11:54 am UTC
Penultima by Stefan Gagne was by far the best campaign; better than any of the official campaigns in the series. I'd consider getting NWN again just to play that one again.
Feist 21 November 2017 at 12:56 pm UTC
OMG, OMG, OMG! This sounds almost too good to be true. I really liked the original and played the expansions as well (Hordes of the Underdark was great) not to mention the sequel from Obsidian. Yet I never dared to hope I'd see a new updated version, I was sure Beamdog would never move beyond the isometric "infinity-engine" games.

I'll pre-order this for certain.
crt0mega 21 November 2017 at 1:13 pm UTC
I was hoping for IWD2 EE but this isn't bad either!


Last edited by crt0mega at 21 November 2017 at 1:14 pm UTC
DrMcCoy 21 November 2017 at 1:18 pm UTC
crt0megaI was hoping for IWD2 EE

They can't find the original sources for IWD2, though, so there's currently no plans for IWD2:EE: http://blog.beamdog.com/2017/07/real-talk-icewind-dale-ii-enhanced.html
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