Time to open the gates once more

Diablo III was released to plenty of fanfare earlier in the year, but it’s time for the other computer RPG founder to take a spot in the limelight. Baldur’s Gate, the Bioware-created series, was met with near-universal praise with its 1998 release. Its complex Dungeons and Dragons – based decision engine, deep story, and gorgeous backgrounds helped engrave it as one of the most influential RPGs of all time.

And now it’s back, with over 400 improvements and cross-platform play. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is going to be huge.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Overhaul Games – a game developer featuring many of the original Bioware employees that worked on Baldur’s Gate, is looking to bring back the dozen-year-old classic and make it better than ever. Some of the major changes include higher resolution support, cross-platform matchmaking, tablet editions for iPad and Android, and all improvements from the original’s sequel, Baldur’s Gate II.

Beyond a game that is clearly cleaner and more functional than the original, Overhaul (an appropriate studio name, when you consider their work) is packing the remake full of extra content not found in any Baldur’s Gate game before it. Three new characters and the new Black Pits adventure boast a combined total of up to 18 hours of additional gameplay. Think you can survive through the self-described “hellish” difficulty levels?

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

There’s so much more we could talk about, like the game’s new animated cutscenes, but 400 new improvements might take us days to explain. Instead, you can head over to the official page and see all of the changes yourself. The Mac, PC, and iPad versions are slated for a September 18th release, and you can even get 10% off the PC edition by pre-purchasing today.

“Just in time to crush your grades,” the developers boast.  They’re probably right.