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Bioware’s Baldur’s Gate resurrected on iPad by Overhaul Studios

Tired of Mass Effect 3’s divisive writing and its habit of separating crucial story material into downloadable content packs? Sick of being shackled to a PC or console to get your fix of Bioware’s special blend of spices, science fiction, fantasy, and melodrama? Overhaul Games has got you covered. That studio is making an iPad edition of the game that made Bioware’s reputation, Baldur’s Gate.

Announced on the company’s website, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition are being made by members of the original development team that worked on the series back in 1998.

Bioware themselves however will have nothing to do with the production. As Baldur’s Gate is a Dungeons & Dragons property, which is in turn owned by Wizards of the Coast, the rights to the games remain with that company and Atari, Wizards’ current partner in the video game space.

Baldur’s Gate created the mold for Bioware’s games as they exist today, with a story largely steered by player choice and play that blends action with traditional, statistic-based role-playing. Bioware hasn’t worked on the series since 2001’s Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal expansion pack. It was shortly after that game’s release that Bioware made the jump to console development, making Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for the original Xbox in 2003. 

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