Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

I’m Obsessed with Baldur’s Gate

So, this morning there was an interesting development in the saga that is Baldur’s Gate 3. This website went live, and speculation ran rampant about what was in store for the game. Would they finally make an HD re-release of the series for Steam? Was Baldur’s Gate 3 going to announced this year?

To further fuel fan speculation, the website has hidden messages sprinkled throughout it. A basic inspection reveals the following:

<!– February 28, 2012 –>

<!– 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. –>

Which is rather intriguing to say the least! I’m not much for viral advertising, but it seems to me that this is an attempt to drum up publicity for an upcoming BG announcement. I’d rather not get my hopes up for a true Baldur’s Gate sequel, but if such a thing came to pass I would probably have a joy aneurysm. Baldur’s Gate II ranks as my favourite game of all time, and I have yet to find anything close to it in the current gaming landscape.

I could gush about Baldur’s Gate II all day long. To put things concisely, the game offers the most in-depth roleplaying experience that I have ever had the pleasure of being exposed to. Games like Skyrim and Fallout come pretty close to matching the insane amount of content that BG offers, but pale in comparison to the BG’s characterization, plot, and depth of strategy. Every element of the game feels well thought out and cohesive, with shockingly little randomly generated content. The final result is an enormously expansive game that evades the “generic fantasy blandness” that plagues many other titles in the genre.

I do hope this little website teaser leads to something concrete. It has been a long time since I was able to sink my teeth into a truly great fantasy RPG.


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By Michael
Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer