Baldur's Gate

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Baldur's Gate
First releaseBaldur's Gate
December 21, 1998
Latest releaseBaldur's Gate 3
August 3, 2023

Baldur's Gate is a series of

pausable realtime
gameplay, which is credited with revitalizing the computer role-playing game (CRPG) genre.

The Bhaalspawn Saga was originally developed by

Overhaul Games developed remakes of the original games in HD.[1] The Dark Alliance series was originally set to be developed by Snowblind Studios, but ports were handled by Black Isle Studios, High Voltage Software
, and Magic Pockets, with the second game developed by Black Isle.

Black Isle Studios had planned a third series to be set in the

Dalelands and be a PC-exclusive hack and slash game with pausable real-time gameplay. The game would not have been connected to the Bhaalspawn Saga series. The game was cancelled when Interplay forfeited the D&D PC license to Atari.[2]

The series was revived in 2012 with

Infinity Engine. The release of the Enhanced Edition marked the first release in the series in eight years, and was followed by an enhanced edition of the second Baldur's Gate called Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition.[3] Beamdog was granted permission to develop new games with the license, such as Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, an expansion for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.[4] The license was later given to Larian Studios, who developed and published Baldur's Gate 3
, released in 2023.

Games

Title Release Platforms Notes
Baldur's Gate December 21, 1998 Windows, Mac OS Developed by BioWare
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast April 30, 1999 Windows, Mac OS Expansion, developed by BioWare
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn September 21, 2000 Windows, Mac OS Developed by BioWare
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal June 22, 2001 Windows, Mac OS Expansion, developed by BioWare
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance December 4, 2001 PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, iOS Spin-off, originally developed by Snowblind Studios
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II January 20, 2004 PS2, Xbox, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch Spin-off, developed by Black Isle Studios
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition November 28, 2012 Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android Enhanced Edition, developed by Overhaul Games
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition November 15, 2013 Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android Enhanced Edition, developed by Overhaul Games
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear March 31, 2016 Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS Expansion, developed by Beamdog
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance June 22, 2021 Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Developed by
Tuque Games
Baldur's Gate 3 August 3, 2023[a] Windows, Mac OS, PS5, Xbox Series X/S Developed by Larian Studios

The Baldur's Gate series brought technical advancements over role-playing video games of the past. BioWare's

Lua scripting language. The engine was used for Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale series
.

The earliest released in the series are based on a real-time modification of the second edition AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) ruleset. The player's party can have up to six members, either created by the player according to the AD&D rules or non-player characters (NPCs) recruited by the protagonist from the game world.

Baldur's Gate 3 is based on Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, and the party is limited to 4 characters.

Numerous side quests and plot twists are associated with particular NPCs and can be activated if they are found in the player's party. Through extensive, context-dependent dialogue, many characters inside and outside the player's party are fleshed out and given an added level of complexity.

Original series

The first game in the series was Baldur's Gate and introduces the player character as a powerless orphan raised in the monastery of

Sword Coast
, more powerful enemies, more spells, and better equipment. It also allows the player character to reach higher levels of experience, made some general changes to gameplay, and altered the original game's final battle.

The sequel to Baldur's Gate was Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. The main character is captured by

Bhaalspawn
story arc started in the first Baldur's Gate game.

The third main title, Baldur's Gate 3, was developed by Larian Studios in partnership with Wizards of the Coast, which holds the license for the Dungeons & Dragons IP. It was released in 2023 for Windows PC, Mac OS, PS5, Xbox Series X/S.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Dark Alliance

The action role-playing game Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was developed by Snowblind Studios and others, and released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 console, and later Xbox and GameCube video game consoles. The game takes place in the city of Baldur's Gate and surrounding area and is set in the Forgotten Realms setting, with a ruleset derived from the 3rd edition of Dungeon & Dragons; the plot is unrelated to previous PC games. The console version used an overhead third person view, and hack-and-slash dungeon crawl style gameplay. A Game Boy Advance version was released in 2004, with reduced graphics quality using an 2.5D isometric type perspective. While all ports were very well received, the original for the PlayStation 2 was the only one that gained universal acclaim.

A sequel, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II was developed by Black Isle Studios and released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox; the game used the same gameplay style as the original, and was also positively reviewed. The gameplay style was expanded to make the game more like a role-playing game, the ability to craft weapons, armor and amulets was added, Baldur's Gate became a hub city with the addition of a world map and being able to travel back to areas, making the game open world and many more side-quests were added as well as the ability to level up one's class.

Interplay Entertainment placed its entire catalogue of video game intellectual properties (IP) and assets up for sale, including that of Dark Alliance in 2016.[14][15]

third-person perspectives rather than the traditional 2.5D isometric perspective of the previous Dark Alliance games.[18][19][20] The game, which features a storyline based on characters from R. A. Salvatore's novel series The Legend of Drizzt,[19] was released in 2021 to mixed reviews.[21]

Enhanced editions

The original game was remade in 2012 by

Overhaul Games and Beamdog, 14 years after the release of the original game. It was re-released on multiple platforms as Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, a collection of the original game and its expansion Tales of the Sword Coast.[22] A brand new expansion named Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear[4]
was released in 2016.

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, a remake of the second game, was released in 2013. It was developed by Overhaul Games for PC, Mac OS X, iOS, Linux and Android, featuring a modified version of the Infinity Engine.[23] The game features a new content and widescreen compatibility, and utilized 2nd Edition D&D rules.[24] Beamdog also made enhanced versions of other Infinity Engine games, including Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment and Neverwinter Nights.

The enhanced versions were released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019.

Cancelled games

Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound

Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound (code named Jefferson and FR6) was mentioned in early 2001 as a new game in the Baldur's Gate series to be made by Black Isle Studios using a new 3D engine.[25] The game was originally announced in 2002 and was said to have used the 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons ruleset. Many new gameplay features were also going to be added to fit the 3rd Edition Ruleset better, and elements from the Dark Alliance series would have also been borrowed. The game used the Jefferson Engine which featured 3D effects such as casting dynamic shadows.

The Black Hound was originally going to be a departure from the high-powered epic of the Bhaalspawn saga to a low-key, role-playing plot. With protagonists progressing to around level four at the end of

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance's title).[25]
The game was not going to be connected to the previous Baldur's Gate series in any way and would start a new series, the Black Hound series. It was to be a sequel in terms of gameplay and not story, although it would have continued some aspects of the Icewind Dale II story.

Development on Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound was cancelled in 2003 and the third game in the Dark Alliance series was also cancelled in 2004 when Black Isle Studios was closed in the same year by parent company

Van Buren project, the working title for the eventual Fallout 3
. The game was 75% finished before it was canceled. Its cancellation happened due to Interplay losing the right to publish Baldur's Gate games on the PC yet retaining the Baldur's Gate name for consoles, the result of this was Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II.

In an interview with Winterwind Productions, Black Hound developer Damien Foletto revealed the story and setting of the game, which would have been in the Dalelands. The player character would have been resting at their campsite when a woman chasing a Black Hound crashes in; she kills the hound, which dies on the player character 's lap. Accusing the player character of being in league with the dog, she is about to kill the player character as well, but the Riders of Archendale arrive and scare her off before questioning the player character. After a brief inquisition, the local magistrates tell the player character not to wander far because they may have more questions. The player's quest would involve finding out who the mad cleric was, what this has to do with them, why a black spirit hound follows them around, and why people can not leave the player character alone and do things for themselves instead.[27]

Atari stated in December 2008 in a press conference that the Baldur's Gate series (among others) would be revisited after 2009.[28] As a personal side project, Sawyer continued work on The Black Hound as a module for Neverwinter Nights 2 for a time.[29]

Baldur's Gate 3 by Overhaul Games

After finishing the Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II, Overhaul Games announced to develop Baldur's Gate 3 with funding from Kickstarter.

Waterdeep[33] as possible settings for the game. Beamdog began calling the game Baldur's Gate Next as a way to differentiate it from the Bhaalspawn Saga.[34]

Overhaul Games and Beamdog eventually lost the rights to develop further Baldur's Gate games and the license was later acquired by Larian Studios, the Belgian developer behind the Divinity: Original Sin series. Their project, Baldur's Gate 3, was unveiled in 2019 and released four years later.

Characters

The Baldur's Gate series features a wide array of characters. Some characters can be recruited by the player as

not playable characters
, serving as either antagonists or supporting characters in their interactions with the player character. The player character for the main series is fully customizable, whereas the Dark Alliance sub-series feature a choice of defined characters for the player to choose from.

  • Aerie is an avariel, an elven subspecies that possess wings, but she lost hers as a child when she was imprisoned in a circus by slavers.[35] She was eventually rescued and restored to health by Quayle, a gnome and potential companion in Baldur's Gate. Aerie is relatively young and inexperienced during the events of Baldur's Gate II, and embodies the damsel in distress archetype.[36] She is a recruitable companion, and potential love interest for a male player character in Shadows of Amn; if the romance continues into the Throne of Bhaal, she will eventually bear the player character's child.[37]
  • Allessia Faithhammer is one of the player characters of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II. She is a
    Helm, the god of guardians, protection and protectors. She travels to Baldur's Gate during the events of Dark Alliance II after hearing of the troubles in the city. PC Gamer likened her to a medieval version of RoboCop, a "do-gooder bound to protect the innocent and serving the public", and who "has a neat range of magical attacks at her disposal".[38]
  • Anomen Delryn is a warrior priest of Helm, and an acolyte of the Most Noble Order of the Radiant Heart. Deeply insecure due to his father's treatment of him, Anomen presents himself as a vain and arrogant character, frequently bragging about battles he most likely never fought. He is a potential companion, as well as love interest in Shadows of Amn if the player character is female. Depending on the player's actions, he may succeed or fail at his knighthood quest to ascend as a full member of his Order, the outcome of which changes his personality and in-game alignment.[37] David Gaider noted that Anomen's romance subplot was his first attempt as a writer employed by Bioware.[36]
  • Edwin Odesseiron is a haughty member of the
    Shadow Thieves of Amn. Progressing Edwin's personal side quest to pursue the Nether Scrolls will result in him changing sex after he attempts to invoke the scroll's power; while the story arc itself is treated as purely comic relief with no connection whatsoever to a real-world issue, Esther MacCallum-Stewart noted the subplot as an early example of an LGBT theme being included in a Bioware-made RPG.[39]
  • Imoen is the player character's childhood friend and fellow ward of their foster father Gorion, living in
    Candlekeep where they were raised.[40] She is a loyal companion throughout the original Baldur's Gate series, and her skills as an expert thief may be put to use throughout the series.[38] Childlike and naive by nature, she is forced to endure a series of traumatic experiences during Shadows of Amn; she is tortured along with the rest of her companions, and is later arrested and incarcerated by an organisation of magic-users known as the Cowled Wizards for unlicensed magic use.[41] Imoen's popularity with the Baldur Gate series fandom was not anticipated by Bioware; the original purpose of her inclusion in Baldur's Gate was to "fill a non-psychotic-thief gap in the early levels" late in the development cycle.[42]
  • Jaheira is a half-elf warrior druid and member of the Harpers, a semi-secret organization dedicated to promoting good and maintaining a balance between civilization and nature. Gorion leaves instructions for the player character to meet her and her husband Khalid after he is killed, although it is optional to recruit the couple into the party. Jaheira is available as a companion in the beginning of Shadows of Amn, and is revealed to be widowed soon afterwards. She is a potential love interest for a male player character if certain conditions are met; Gaider noted the romantic subplot itself was lengthy in terms of content, but riddled with bugs.[36] Jaheira is one of the most popular and well-regarded characters in the Baldur's Gate series.[35][43]
  • Jan Jansen is a gnome, a race with an average lifespan of over 350 years,[35] and the eccentric inventor of multiple gadgets which only he knows how to use, and tends to ramble on with lengthy stories that never get to the point.[36] He is a recruitable companion in Shadows of Amn; he is encountered peddling his wares in the city of Amn, which in actuality are dangerous weapons in their own right.
  • Jon Irenicus is the chief antagonist of Shadows of Amn.[44] He is a cold and calculating mage who was first encountered torturing the player character with powerful magic, as part of his experiments in order to divulge the mysteries of their divine ancestry. Originally an elf known as "Joneleth", he was exiled from his home city of Suldanessellar by its ruler Queen Ellesime as a result of his hubris to attain godhood.
  • Khalid is an effete half-elf
    survivor's guilt.[37]
  • Korgan Bloodaxe is an evil-aligned dwarven berserker, who could be found at the Copper Coronet Inn. He is highly rated as a worthy companion, not only for his combat skills which would prove invaluable for an evil-aligned party, but also for the quality of the banter between him and any good-aligned characters in the party.[38][35]
  • Minsc is a berserker ranger from the human nation of Rashemen, with a strong though somewhat unhinged desire to uphold good and be heroic. His animal companion is a hamster named Boo, who he believes is a "miniature giant space hamster" and consults for advice.[43] Minsc is originally tasked with serving as a bodyguard to the Rashemi witch Dynaheir as part of his rite of passage, and is inseparable from her once she is rescued. He is a potentially recruitable companion throughout the original Baldur's Gate series, outliving Dynaheir, who is murdered by Irenicus prior to the events of Shadows of Amn.
  • Sarevok Anchev is the chief antagonist of Baldur’s Gate, and as a mortal spawn of the dead God of Murder Bhaal, the half-brother of the player character. As a child he was the would-be victim of a sacrificial ritual which was stopped by Gorion and the Harpers, and was later adopted by a member of a mercantile organization known as the Iron Throne, Rieltar Anchev. Sarevok's foster father is a central figure in fomenting the iron crisis in Baldur's Gate to gain power for the Iron Throne, as well as the doppelganger infiltration of merchant rivals. His goal is to take advantage of the ensuring chaos orchestrated by the Iron Throne to kill his fellow Bhaalspawn and ascend into divinity himself.[38] Sarevok reappears in Throne of Bhaal where the player character may restore him to life and recruit him as a party member.[46]
  • Vahn is one of the player characters of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. He is an Arcane Archer, known for their ability to shoot arrows with unerring accuracy, often with additional magical effects. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Vahn quickly finds himself mired in the political and social upheaval of the city of Baldur's Gate, and up against the Dark Alliance led by Eldrith the Betrayer, the main antagonist of Dark Alliance.[38]
  • Viconia DeVir is a
    Lolth.[35]
  • Yoshimo is a bounty hunter
    Kara-Tur who is encountered in Irenicus' complex early in Shadows of Amn, and offers to join the party in order to increase their odds of escape and survival. If taken to Spellhold, where Irenicus and Imoen are incarcerated by the Cowled Wizards, Yoshimo reveals the terrible secret he had been hiding: he was under the thrall of Irenicus all along, and his purpose is to betray the player character as part of the mage's contingency plan.[47] He dies in battle with the party regardless of the player character's choices.[45]
    Yoshimo is the only Shadows of Amn companion who is not available for the player character to recruit in Throne of Bhaal.

In addition, a number of major Forgotten Realms characters make guest appearances throughout the Baldur's Gate series, such as Drizzt Do'Urden, Elminster, and Volothamp Geddarm. Drizzt in particular appears alongside his fellow Companions of the Hall, Bruenor Battlehammer, Catti-brie and Wulfgar as the protagonists of the 2021 video game Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, a spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games.[48]

Adaptations

Philip Athans, editor of the Forgotten Realms novel line, wrote the first two novels in the Baldur's Gate trilogy of novels: Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, both are novelizations of the video game series' storylines. The novels follow the basic outline of the original stories, but eschew several of the games' numerous subplots and include only a few of the NPCs. The Bhaalspawn main character is named Abdel Adrian in the novels. The third novel, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, was authored by Drew Karpyshyn.

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A comic titled Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate was released in October 2014. The comic is set generations after Throne of Bhaal, and features Minsc as the main character. It is written by Jim Zub and pencilled by Max Dunbar, part of the Dungeons & Dragons 40th anniversary celebrations.[49]

Reception and legacy

Aggregate review scores
As of November 29, 2023.
Game Metacritic
Baldur's Gate 91/100[50]
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 95/100[51]
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 88/100[52]
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2) 87/100[53]
(Xbox) 83/100[54]
(GC) 79/100[55]
(GBA) 76/100[56]
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II (PS2) 78/100[57]
(Xbox) 77/100[58]
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (PC) 78/100[59]
(iOS) 73/100[60]
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition (PC) 78/100[61]
(iOS) 70/100[62]
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear (PC) 77/100[63]
Baldur's Gate 3 96/100[64]

In 1999, Baldur's Gate won the

Interactive Achievement Award for PC Role-Playing Game of the Year. Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance also would later win Interactive Achievement Awards for Role-Playing Game of the Year for both its PC and Console categories for the release year of 2001.[67] Dark Alliance II won the 2004 RPG of the Year Award by GameFan, and was later inducted into the GameFan Hall of Fame.[68] By June 2001, the series sold more than 3.5 million units worldwide.[69]

PC Gamer's Paul Dean noted that the series "has always been as much about who these characters were as what they could do". He considered Baldur's Gate's characters as the cornerstone of the series, and that some of them were the best RPG companions ever written.[47]

Baldur's Gate 3 received universal acclaim, and won several Game of the Year awards including from the Golden Joystick Awards, the Game Awards, and the D.I.C.E. Awards.[70][71][72]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ An early access version of Baldur's Gate 3 for Microsoft Windows and macOS was released on October 6, 2020.

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