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Baldur's Gate Delayed

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was supposed to arrive on September 18 (next week), but according to the game's official web site, that won't be happening. The release of the enhanced RPG has been pushed into November. Here's the word:

When we first announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, you set fire to our servers and we were overwhelmed by the huge wave of support from the fans of the original game.

Once the fires had subsided, thousands of you posted suggestions and requests on our forums. Dozens of volunteers from all over the world helped us improve game play, squash bugs, and generally fine-tune the game. Even more came to help work on translations from English to more than 16 other languages.

Executing on our plan to make the best Baldur's Gate possible and responding to that overwhelming feedback, we've added new characters, areas, and story, creating many new hours of game play. Yet the suggestions, fixes, and translations continue, and more volunteers keep joining.

After recently reviewing the game and then consulting with our partners, we've decided to ensure that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best possible product on launch. Thus, we have pushed back the release date of the game. Our plan is to release in November, 2012. To all who have pre-ordered, we ask for your patience as we move toward our final release date -- and we will be working on something a little extra for you.

To all who have volunteered, we thank you for your dedication and support.

Thanks, Blue for the heads-up.

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Reader Comments
Marku5K Sep 15 2012, 06:15 am EDT
Now that's the kind of SHIT I can't stand. One week before the initial release date they suddenly discover that they'll have to push it back 2 months!! (For polishing or what ever the fuck)
BmmB Sep 15 2012, 06:44 am EDT
I don't care, just do it properly.
Terminator Sep 15 2012, 06:56 am EDT
I don't want a ton of patches for this game. Take the extra time and polish it :)
Dean_Demon Sep 15 2012, 10:55 am EDT
Oh what a surprise,NOT
raptor Sep 15 2012, 02:54 pm EDT
I actually applaud their decision. Way way way too many games are released anymore that are buggy as hell and need some serious patches right out of the box. At least these guys are listening to the players and are making sure they fix as much as possible before unloading a defective game on the market. I would rather have a polished game that is worth playing than a piece of crap that is almost unplayable. Besides that, Baldur's Gate is a classic and it would not be a wise decision to dissappoint the BG fans. Just waiting for an enhanced Edition of BG2 to be released as well, and hopefully they will eventually get around to finally making BG3.
Cheddar Sep 15 2012, 06:07 pm EDT
I think it's more likely they knew the product they were going to put out was going to be a very, very trivial 'enhancement' of Baldur's Gate, and after seeing all the attention and hype they had attracted, they are worried at the inevitable backlash of disappointment. So now they're desperately trying to add some additional 'enhancement' to it so as to justify themselves.

I wouldn't count on this being much more than a de facto amateur mod for Baldur's Gate, folks. Hell, they say right there that much of their work is supplied by 'volunteers'.
  trexilence: Oh Cheddar... "volunteers from all over the world hel…
Cheddar: Are you kidding me? "Pretty standard beta-testing"? …
Cheddar: Oh and btw, if you bother to notice, I NEVER said any…
QuickBrownFox Sep 15 2012, 11:58 pm EDT
I get the impression that a lot of the 'fans' of this game applaud its delay for other reasons entirely... because the moment this game actually releases, it will finally 'exist' and therefor be imperfect, and they will resent it for not living up to their impossible expectations.

I however, accept that no game can be made 'perfect' and bug-free on release... there is ALWAYS a bug or two that will slip through the cracks, and room for further improvement. I am grateful when developers subsequently release patches because that at least shows a dedications to providing ongoing support for their product.
A professed desire to release a game only once it is 'perfect' worries me because it carries implications of unwillingness to provide ongoing support via patches.
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BmmB Sep 16 2012, 06:31 am EDT
Well, the only thing I expect from this is to make this game playable on windows 7/8 (possibly full screen, with higher resolutions) and, if possible, some graphics improvement, so not to look to ugly. That's all. I want the same old game in every other respect.
  QuickBrownFox: Personally I wish it was going to be a more significa…
Dean_Demon Sep 17 2012, 05:18 am EDT
I'm not expecting too much from this update,already have the original so this would have to be something special for me to buy this.
Rick_Hunter Sep 17 2012, 07:51 am EDT
From the screenshots at the website looks like nothing is new in this "enhanced edition". Looks like the same engine and updated graphics that is seen in Baldur's Gate 2 and this has already been done and for free with BG1Tutu and the other one I can't remember which was BG1+Expansion+BG2+Expansion all placed together into one single game. All that new character/content crap also as well you can get a ton from here ... so ... paying for all of this ... again. Pass.


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