It’s strange we live in a world where an expansion pack for 1998's Baldur’s Gate can be announced in 2015, but Infinity Engine specialists Beamdog have done just that. The countdown on its site is done, and it’s finally revealed Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, an expansion pack for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.
The expansion is a new chapter of the Bhaalspawn saga, and it gives Beamdog its first opportunity to really stretch its legs with its own creation. Siege of Dragonspear is spanning the gap between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, centering on the charismatic Shining Lady, who is leading a crusade from the north. Somehow it appears the Shining Lady is linked to the player, a fellow child of a god.
Beamdog’s 25-hour expansion pack will take players to new locales on the Sword Coast, fighting ever more dangerous beasts. The original Baldur’s Gate cast return for this, in what Beamdog somewhat oxymoronically coin is a “sharp and subtle adventure”.
Other than that, it’s Baldur’s Gate as you know and love it. The classic visual style with hand-painted environments, action and pause-based combat, and the improved UI from the Enhanced Edition. Interestingly for those seeking to take things a little easier, there’s a new Story Mode setting which eliminates Game Over screens.
Best of all, for those contemplating a complete Baldur’s Gate run, as I (probably) stupidly am, you can import your character from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and export it to Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition at the end.
Siege of Dragonspear isn’t standalone, so you will need a copy of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition to play it. Pricing has yet to be announced for the expansion pack, which is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android, with a release date set to be announced soon.
It's the return of a role-playing game great, will you be grabbing your staff and heading off on an adventure? Or have you been spoiled rotten by the excellent Pillars of Eternity?