It’s been known for a couple of months now that Overhaul Games have been working on Enhanced Editions of sprawling RPG classics, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2. The first game is due out in this month on PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets, but there has been no talk of a smartphone release until now. Now, fans of the AD&D-based classics can take heart that the games already works on some handsets, and that the developers would consider releasing them for smartphones, subject to a re-working of the control scheme.
The Baldur’s Gate series has been begging for a rehash for some time now, with many fans of the games calling for it to be released on new formats, including handheld devices. The isometric perspective and stop-start gameplay (for players who enjoy queueing up spells and commands, that is) always seemed perfectly suited to touch-screens, and mobile gamers have been murmuring about whether a smartphone release of the game would see the light of day.
Having spoken to Overhaul Games, we were told by founder Trent Oster that
It functions on some phones, but the UI does not support a good experience, so we’re not selling it for phones yet.
A follow-up response from the game’s producer Philip Daigle added that
if we come up with a control scheme that works well for small screens we would consider it.
It seems that the dev’s are refusing discount the possibility of what some see as the finest RPG of all time coming to smartphones. Current handsets certainly have the power, and with the Enhanced Editions being released on Android and iOS, it’d just be a matter of making the game better-tailored to smaller-screen touch controls.
It’s an exciting prospect, and Baldur’s Gate would certainly blow away the mostly mediocre current selection of RPGs that smartphone gamers are forced to settle for.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition features over 400 improvements on the original game, including widescreen resolution support, new characters, a Black Pits game mode, and cross-platform multiplayer. The PC, Mac and Tablet version is due for release 18th September.
What do you guys think? Would you like to venture into the hostile fantasy world of Baldur’s Gate from the comfort of your smartphones?