Yesterday, Overhaul Games announced full details and a release date for this upgraded version of the classic RPG Baldur's Gate. The Enhanced Edition will feature a new interface redesigned for high resolution widescreen displays and for tablet devices. The games multiplayer system has been greatly improved and features cross-platform multiplayer and matchmaking. There are all new cinematics with art from Nat Jones. Finally, there are also over 400 different bug fixes and refinements to the original title.
Along with modern interface refinements and bug fixes the Enhanced Edition contains a about 18 hours of new content in addition to the original game and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. The new content comes in the form of three new non-player characters and a stand alone adventure. The first of these new NPCs is a Calishite monk named Rasaad yn Bashir, whose new playable adventure features a new area called the Cloud Peaks. Next up is Neera, a wild mage whose adventure includes a new secluded hideaway. The final new character is Dorn II-Khan, a half-human/half-orc Blackguard on a quest for revenge, his adventure includes the new Blackguard class kit. Each new character is romanceable and each character's adventure adds four additional hours, so there are eight additional hours of gameplay in total.
The new standalone adventure is called The Black Pits and has you fully controlling a party of six to engage in arena style battles deep within the Underdark. The adventure will take you through fifteen levels of combat challenges and take you six hours to complete.
The Enhanced Edition is set to launch on September 18th for PC and sometime in September for Mac and iPad. The game will also be coming out on Android tablets at some point in the future. The game will cost $19.99 on PC/Mac and will cost $9.99 on tablets. The reason for the lower price on tablets is due in large part to the nature of app stores where expensive games tend to wither on the vine. So as a result the initial game will be $10 cheaper, but will only include The Black Pit DLC and Rasaad yn Bashir NPC DLC. If you want the additional two characters they will be sold for $3 each along side a new portrait and voice pack. If you purchase all of the tablet DLC the game will come out to $19.99 like its PC/Mac counterparts which include all of the DLC as part of the package.
The game will be exclusive to the Beamdog store on PC and you can pre-order the game now for a small discount. On Mac the game will be exclusive to the Mac App Store, and on iPad to the iOS/iTunes App store.
You can check the official site for more details and images.