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Friday, June 17, 2016

Road to v2.0 Wallpapers

We recently ran a "Road to v2.0" event with milestones and rewards to thank our community for their help with testing. Today we're providing the first milestone reward: Two new custom wallpapers!

These beautiful images are available in a number of resolutions and add a stylish element to any desktop. We can't thank our wonderful community and customers enough for all their support. Please enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Release Notes


v2.3 is here!

Beamdog’s happy to present v2.3 today, an update that contains fixes for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.


Normally this is the part where we’d say “check out the full release notes here” but today we’ve got something a little different. We know our fans like to keep current with the fixes we provide, and that’s why we’ve compiled a RELEASE NOTES MASTER DOCUMENT!!

(I was intoning that last bit in a really dramatic voice.)

The v2.3 master document compiles all the release notes from v2.0, v2.1, v2.2, and v2.3. All the updated goodness is right at your fingertips in the downloadable pdf

Enjoy the v2.3 master document, which includes highlights such as
  • Tooltips now display a stylized scroll background that dynamically resizes with the amount of text displayed  
  • The Candlekeep tutors’ dialogue no longer displays placeholder text when a non-English language is selected (BG:EE)
  • Turkish UI strings no longer appear in English (BG:EE)
  • Story Mode protections now apply to the player’s Familiar as well as party members
  • multiple dialogue fixes (eliminating repeated lines, removing incorrect lines, and closing dialogue loops)
  • multiple gameplay fixes and interface fixes
  • multiple quest and achievement fixes

We are continuing to make improvements to the game all the time based on feedback from the community and beta testers. Hop over to the official Beamdog forums to join the conversation! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Collector's Edition Update



We know everyone's excited about receiving their Siege of Dragonspear Collector's Editions (we certainly are!) and we're here with a quick update about their status. The factory is currently producing sample units for us to inspect, to make sure their appearance and quality are exactly what we want. Once we've signed off on the samples, the factory can begin the production run.

Our estimates still point to a ship date this summer, and we'll have more exact information for you the closer we get to production. We'll post those updates on the blog and send them via our newsletter. If you have any other questions about your order, we're happy to help you out through support@beamdog.com.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Update 2.2 is here!

Update 2.2 for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear is now available. This update includes over a hundred fixes as well as new options and updates! View the complete release notes here.



Some of the highlights of 2.2 include
  • Improved multiplayer stability.
  • New Option: Nearest Neighbor Scaling. A number of players asked for an option to switch the scaling back to “Nearest Neighbor”, so we’ve added this option to the Options > Graphics screen.
  • New Option: Allow Scrolling Out of Bounds. Scrolling the viewing area past the edge of the map is now disabled by default. If you want to re-enable it you can turn this option on in Options > Graphics.
  • UI Update: Character Record AC Display. The AC heading is now organized more intuitively, and summarizes your character’s current AC modifiers at the top as well as the end of the section.
  • Item Description Icons Fixed. In the 2.0 update, the description icons for some items in BG:EE became corrupted. We spent a few days fixing the graphics so they’ll display correctly now.
  • Steam Achievements: Localization Update. Our awesome volunteers have translated the Steam achievements for BGII:EE in French and Polish, and for BG:EE in French, Polish, and Italian.
  • Shadows of Amn to Throne of Bhaal Loot Transition. When characters die in the final encounter in the Shadows of Amn campaign, their gear will now transfer correctly to the Throne of Bhaal expansion instead of disappearing completely from the Realms.
  • French Localization: Voice Overs in BG:EE. The original French voice overs have been added to BG:EE; just set the language to French and the game sounds will change to French. (Only original content will be voiced; Enhanced Edition content will remain unvoiced.)
  • Polish Localization: Voice Overs in BG:EE (Update). The Polish translation features voice overs for original game content in BG:EE, but there was an issue with the voice overs being incomplete. We’ve remedied that issue, so the voice overs should now play everywhere that they’re supposed to.
We’re going to keep supporting our games with future updates which you can read about here, on our forums, or via Familiar updates as they become available.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

One More Day

Last week I posted “one more week” and now I'm writing “one more day.” What a surreal feeling, to know that tomorrow Siege of Dragonspear will be out and in the hands of the fans. Tomorrow, gamers who have been playing Baldur's Gate for almost 20 years will return to the Sword Coast, reacquaint themselves with Minsc, Edwin, Khalid, and Viconia (among others), and journey north to the ruins of Dragonspear Castle to learn what fresh evil stirs in its halls.

Fresh, well-illustrated evil.
Such a monumental event deserves extra attention, so here in the Beamdog office we've got some special events planned for tomorrow. Our live streamcountdown to Dragonspear begins at 9 am Pacific time, March 31. You can watch us on twitch.tv/beamdog. Phil and Amber will kick off the festivities and demo throughout the day.

Stephanie Wolfe, voice of Safana, will also join us about an hour into the stream to talk about her experience working on Dragonspear. We'll countdown to the game release at noon, with more demos and t-shirt giveaways, and then at 1 pm Pacific Time we'll run an AMA on reddit. Phil and Amber will even run a live AMA segment on the stream!

Tune in tomorrow to watch the countdown to release and stick around for the AMA. But most of all, enjoy Siege of Dragonspear!