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author: Christopher Mysiak

Baldurs Gate: Siege of Dragonspear - Adventure Y is an Expansion to the BG: Enhanced Edition.

Beamdog studios reveled its new RPG, formerly known as Adventure Y. It’s a big BG: Enhanced Edition expansion – Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear – offering around 25 hours of gameplay.

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At last! For the first time in 15 years, we can embark on a new adventure in Baldur’s Gate setting.
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear in short:
  • Developer: Overhaul Games (a division of Beamdog)
  • Genre: old school, isometric RPG
  • It’s a: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition expansion
  • I get: a new campaign taking approximately 25 hours to complete, new locations, four new companions, Shaman class and many more
  • Platforms: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), iOS, Android
  • Release date: ?

It took six months of waiting to learn the specifics about the mysterious Adventure Y. Adventure Y, the new project from Beamdog, was presented as a connecting point linking the two installments of the famous Baldur’s Gate RPG franchise. Finally, a few days ago, the truth was unveiled. The new game is Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear – not a standalone, contrary to some expectations, but an expansion for the 2012 Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. On the other hand, it’s not just your average DLC – it offers a solid chunk of new adventures and gameplay with a 25 hours long campaign in all of its old school glory. The game is intended mainly for PC (Windows, Mac, Linux – all the major OS) but with mobile editions (iOS and Android) following before long. However, the “before long” part remains hazy since we know literally nothing about the game’s supposed release date.

The plot of the new expansion is, of course, connected to the Baldur’s Gate I and II but the threat we’re facing is a new one. Sarevok’s defeat saved the world from Bhaal’s evil child. Or so we think. Siege of Dragonspear gives us no time to celebrate as a sinister crusade from the North draws near led by a mysterious and charismatic warrior known only as the Shining Lady. The rumors say, she may be a child of god - exactly as you are. The player will have to face her eventually and their final confrontation will take place in the abandoned ruins of Dragonspear – a castle, built on a portal connecting to the Nine Hells, that was used before to launch a demon invasion on the Sword Coast…

What new features await us in the expansion? Four new companions will join our team: Captain Schael Corwin (human archer), Voghiln the Vast (skald from the North), M’Khiin Grubdoubler (goblin shaman) and Glint Gardnersonson (gnome cleric). There’s one more new feature hidden in there – the Shaman class we can now pick for our characters. The veterans may or may not feel rejoiced from this addition since they can import saved games from BG: Enhanced Edition and continue the adventure with their own character. Moreover, after finishing the Siege of Dragonspear, the player’s achievements can be carried over when beginning a new adventure in the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate II.

Finally, the developers decided to overhaul the user interface and the Infinity engine to make some improvements here and there, but it’s still the same, good old Baldur’s Gate. Plus, the expansion will give us a cross-platform multiplayer co-op mode for up to 6 players.

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As you can expect, the crusaders serving under the Shining Lady aren’t necessarily recruited from the Faerun’s finest.
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The lost dwarven city of Kanaglym – one of the new locations we can visit in the expansion.
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You can’t make a Baldur’s Gate game without Minsc and Boo. Not this time, at least. And guess what, they brought Dynaheir to boot.
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Home, sweet home – the good ol’ Baldur’s Gate.
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