A recently announced batch of console ports from Skybound and Beamdog is aimed squarely at stealing hours and days away from both fans of old-school RPGs and those wanting to delve into their history for the first time. Enhanced editions of five D&D computer RPGs (Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights) plus expansions and DLC are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch, packaged together in three bundles. The full list, according to the publisher:
- The Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack: Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary, the original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, return with all DLC and restored quest content, as well as the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, featuring new original content developed by Beamdog to bridge the two games.
- Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition: Two must-play games and all their DLC in one package – the chilling Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, plus its expansions, and the enhanced edition of 1999’s RPG of the Year, Planescape: Torment.
- Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition: The 2002 Computer RPG of the Year and all its DLC deliver ten standalone D&D-based adventures featuring co-op and online multiplayer.
That’s a whole lot of RPG, sure to make plenty of bus ride less tedious and plenty of nights more sleepless.
The enhanced editions of these games were previously brought to PC, but not without controversy. Some players have complained about their handling of modern resolutions, controls, and the quality of some of the added content. The developer says that they’ve added native support for widescreen resolution and controllers, so hopefully that alleviates at least some of the issues.
We don’t have too long to wait to see how it turns out. The Baldur’s Gate bundle and the Planescape: Torment/Icewind Dale bundle will be out September 24 in North America and September 27 worldwide. Neverwinter Nights and its DLC release a bit later, on December 3 in North America and December 6 worldwide. Each will cost $49.99, which is just about what buying all of the games individually on PC would cost.