Massive expansion Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear announced

Earlier this year, we reported that Beamdog, publisher of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition was working on an addition to the series that it called “Adventure Y.” This game was to be set between the events of the first and second Baldur’s Gate games. Now we’ve finally got more details on what that game will be.

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear was officially announced yesterday evening with a brief teaser trailer. Instead of a standalone game, it is an expansion to Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and requires that game to run. Just because it’s an expansion, however, that doesn’t mean it won’t be big.

Siege of Dragonspear is said to feature over 25 hours of gameplay. As we initially heard, the expansion takes place between the first game and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn.

As you would expect with any good expansion, Siege of Dragonspear adds new areas, monsters, NPCs, and a new class in the form of the Shaman. In addition the game boasts a redesigned interface. The original cast will return, and the score comes courtesy of Sam Hulick, who provided the music for Mass Effect 3.

The expansion also takes a new approach to difficulty. If you’re just here to experience the story, the Story Mode difficulty “allows players to experience the entire story with none of the Game Over screens.” If you’re in it for the challenge, the Legend of Bhaal difficulty will be more your speed.

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition came to a wide variety of platforms, and Siege of Dragonspear will as well, coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. Even better, the expansion will feature cross-platform multiplayer, at least between the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of the game.

There is no word yet on when the game will be released, as it is currently only listed as “coming soon.” Our original report had the game coming in 2015, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see. For more information, see the official website.