New Baldur's Gate game in the works using its original engine
You may think of Baldur's Gate as a much-loved classic RPG series from now-defunct Black Isle Studios, but actually the franchise is more alive than ever.
Meaty enhanced editions were released for Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 in the last few years, and now it turns out a brand new Baldur's Gate title is in the works.
The news comes courtesy of Beamdog, the developer behind both Enhanced Edition releases, as well as an enhanced edition of fellow Infinity Engine game Icewind Dale.
The developer has been teasing a mysterious "Adventure Y" game for some time now. In a blog post this week, it revealed that Adventure Y is in fact a new Baldur's Gate project set between the events of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition.
Beamdog isn't ready to say much else about the new project, but the post mentions that it will use the Infinity Engine, the old-school computer role-playing game system that powered the original Baldur's Gate way back in 1998. The developer plans to announce more information (including a release date) this spring.
Beamdog studio head Trent Oster has previously talked about a desire to create a Baldur's Gate 3, and this comes up again in the blog post:
We'd be lying if we said we never think about doing a Baldur's Gate 3 game, so we won't say that. But we will say there's nothing in the works yet regarding BG3 or a 5th edition [Dungeons & Dragons] game. That doesn't mean the opportunity will never arise, though, so we're preparing by starting a tabletop 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons game here in the office.
The post also mentions another game in the works, referred to alternately as Adventure Z, Project: Beartrap and Project: Sharktrap. Beamdog says it won't be ready to talk about this one until late summer, but it is "a departure for us in terms of what we've done in the past."