Skybound Games and Beamdog announced that the home consoles (although they didn’t specify which ones or if it’s all of them) will be receiving some of the classic Wizards of the Coast games from back when Black Isle and BioWare used to make good games.
Niche Gamer spotted the news over on the Skybound Games website, where they announced that both Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition would be coming to consoles, along with Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.
There’s also going to be the release of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, Along with the enhanced editions of Planescape: Torment and Neverwinter Nights.
In the press release, Beamdog CEO Trent Oster stated…
“We are ecstatic to partner with Skybound Games to bring these great classics to new platforms. Skybound’s accomplishments are amazing and they have a demonstrated love and respect for creators. We’re thrilled to find ourselves working with such a talented group.”
Now as you may or may not know, the enhanced editions of these games mean that these are not the original titles, but rather the versions of the games that were remade by Beamdog.
The significance of this information is that Beamdog is a Left-wing developer, and there was some controversy over Beamdog’s original release of Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear back in early 2016, where the developers attempted to change some of the characters and implement more “diversity” into the game. After complaints from the community Beamdog finally announced that they would address the SJW elements in Baldur’s Gate.
Now this doesn’t mean that the upcoming enhanced editions of the games based on the classic BioWare and Black Isle titles will be rife with Social Justice politics or devoid of them. It’s simply a warning that Beamdog is not above rewriting classic game lore to include their own sociopolitical spin on an iconic franchise. So keep that in mind when the games release on the home consoles later this year.
You’ll also be able to an opportunity to demo the games ahead of release between March 28th and March 31st at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts.