Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Games is teaming up with Beamdog to bring Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment, and some of the greatest PC RPGs of all-time to consoles.
“These games are iconic, including Baldur’s Gate, which has really set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons computer roleplaying games,” said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe. “We’re excited to bring Beamdog’s incredible slate to new platforms for both the dedicated fan and those who will soon discover these adventures for the first time. As longtime fans of Baldur’s Gate and Dungeons & Dragons, it’s fantastic to partner with Beamdog as the newest member of the Skybound family.”
Each of these ports will represent each title’s Enhanced Edition which means that you can expect them to feature some slightly upgraded visuals, sound design, and quality of life gameplay updates. Of course, those original Enhanced Editions didn’t include any changes to these games that will need to be made in order to successfully port them to consoles. It’s not clear at this time what those console changes may look like.
There’s also no word on exactly what you’ll get with each game, which consoles they will be available on, and when, exactly, you can expect them to be released in 2019. That information is supposedly due in the coming months. Needless to say, we hope that these games find their way to the Nintendo Switch.
Regardless of the platform, you have to experience these games at some point in your life. The currently intended lineup of ported titles includes Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate ll, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment and Neverwinter Nights. Each of those games helped change the landscape of PC role-playing in the late ’90s and early 2000s. While the Baldur’s Gate series is arguably the biggest name in the bunch (they also effectively launched BioWare’s impressive RPG career), Planescape: Torment might actually be the one to keep an eye on. That’s especially true if you happen to be a fan of truly great video game narratives.
We’ll bring you more information on these ports as it becomes available.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.