Baldur’s Gate : Back From The Dead?

Sing, all ye Bhaalspawn!

The Baldur’s Gate series is held by many – myself included – to be one of the finest RPG franchises of all time. So, you can understand the immediate interest when BaldursGate.com went live a few days ago, bearing the above image and playing the original game’s theme music. In the background, you can see some faded character portraits; if I remember correctly, they look a lot like the portraits you could choose to represent your character.

More information can be found in the page’s source code, which I’ve posted after the break.

Courtesy GameBanshee, here’s how the page source read initially:

Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine
For years, I clung to the memory of it. Then the memory of the memory.
And then… it returned. Better than it was before.
Pore over the tapestries and works of art hanging from our walls if you wish, Child of Bhaal… perhaps you will find a clue. But patience, ah… patience would reveal it all.
As the silver moon waxes and wanes, so too does life.

…which was then replaced by :

Shadowy Figure- Raise Dead : Infinity Engine
Take heart fellow adventurers, for you have curried the favor of Boo, the only miniature giant space hamster in the Realm!

I can teach you how to use your wrath.

So, what does that tell us? Well, the Infinity Engine (which the shadowy figure is attempting to resurrect) was the engine behind most of BioWare’s early successes, including the Baldur’s Gate series, the Icewind Dale series and Planescape : Torment. Child of Bhaal refers to the protagonist of the Baldur’s Gate games. “I can teach you how to use your wrath” sounds Vader-esque, but it’s actually a line spoken by Sarevok – the villain of the first game. And Boo? Well, that’s…harder to explain.

Now, we come to the crux of the matter – what does all of this mean? There’s certainly something afoot in the Baldur’s Gate franchise; just what that something could be is up for debate. The likelihood is that it’s one of the following, though :

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • A remake of Baldur’s Gate 1 and/or 2 for iOS/Android (fueled by this tweet)
  • A HD remake of Baldur’s Gate for current-gen hardware

As things stand, my money’s on options 2 & 3. As much as I’d like a new Baldur’s Gate, I don’t think that this is it. The combination of the music, the portraits and that quote of Sarevok’s makes me reasonably sure that this is something to do with the original Baldur’s Gate. Whether it’s a port to mobile platforms or a HD remake, I’d welcome it; either way, one of the most venerated game series around is suddenly accessible to a whole new audience.

And who knows? This might just open the door for Baldur’s Gate 3.

(oh please, let it open the door for Baldur’s Gate 3!)

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About Arjun Sukumaran

Oh, impatient and unsubtle man!

Posted on March 2, 2012, in News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It turns out it’s option 3…

    • It is, indeed! And that’s a good thing too – while it would’ve been interesting to see how it worked on a touchscreen, I’d much rather have a proper, fully-fledged remake (well, if I can’t have BG3).

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