New Baldur’s Gate Game Coming: First details, music and possible engine

New Baldurs Gate Game 2012_Thumb.jpg 1A new Baldur’s Gate game is being teased online, with no other information … for now

The original Baldur’s Gate was released in in 1998 and now, 14 years later, we are being teased to a new entry in the franchise and may already know its game engine

It’s been a long time since the original Baldur’s Gate was released in 1998, with four games since then up to the last in 2004, but this month a new website has surfaced pointing to a new entry in the franchise (though what exactly it is will be remain to be seen, and what platforms it will be released on).

Heading to the website reveals music from the series and the franchise’s skull emblem, revised and with an improved resolution. The background also featured character images from the 1998 original Baldur’s Gate and its 2000 sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of the Amn. According to the RPG gaming website GameBanshee, the next game in the franchise is being developed by Beamdog which is led by former BioWare designer Trent Oster. Oster worked at BioWare for 15 years, working on games such as Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age.

Though while there was no news on what the game is, there was talk of what the game isn’t. Oster said that “We’re not related to the Steam [Baldur’s Gate II] complete edition, I can tell you that much.”

As Kotaku pointed out on their report of the story, the source code for the website mentions “Infinity Engine.” The Infinity Engine was the engine used for the Baldur’s Gate series, so this might suggest it will be making a return for the next entry in the franchise (particularly as the source code says “Raise Dead : Infinity Engine”), perhaps tweaked for current hardware. That same passage also says that “it [the Infinity Engine] returned. Better than it was before.”

The teasing of what the potential next Baldur’s Gate game was also continued on Twitter; Oster posted a picture of an iMac, saying “What could we be developing that would require an iMac?” This tweet could mean a variety of things, from simply offering Mac support to running on one of Apple’s mobile devices (perhaps iPad and iPhone support?).

Published: Thursday, March 1st, 2012 Last Modified: March 1, 2012

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