Following a tease earlier this year, developer Beamdog has finally revealed the first details and footage of its upcoming Baldur’s Gate expansion-slash-sequel titled Siege of Dragonspear. Yes, an expansion for a game that originally released in 1998. PC gaming is a wonderful thing.
From the announcement page: “Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear adds a new chapter to the Bhaalspawn saga. The events occurring between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II are at last revealed in this 25-hour expansion pack for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.”
Here’s a trailer:
So yes, as confirmed by Beamdog earlier this year it is not a Baldur’s Gate III-style sequel. It’s a—and I’m stealing shamelessly from Borderlands here—pre-sequel. (Side note: The new expansion only works with Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition, so no need to go digging out your original 1998 Baldur’s Gate CD-ROMs.)
And it’s sounding great, from what few details have been released. The original cast of characters is back, there’s a new class (shaman), four new companions, and all the art is done in the Infinity Engine aesthetic. Also, twenty-five hours is a respectable heft—that’s almost as long as spiritual successor Pillars of Eternity, which is its own standalone game—and you can still import your Siege of Dragonspear save into Baldur’s Gate II.
No release date yet, but…well, it already took fifteen years. I think we can wait a bit longer. We’ll be sure to update you when we know more.