The BEAMBLOG

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beamdog Welcomes Two New Hires!



Big things are in the works at Beamdog and we’re staffing up to help make them happen! This month we have two new people joining the team!

We’re happy to announce Robyn Theberge has recently joined our merry band as Project Manager! Robyn is an RPG development veteran with production credits on Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. She'll be driving planning and project tracking for the studio to bring as much new and exciting content to our fans as possible. Welcome Robyn!

Boyd McKenzie is our new Lead Artist. He's previously worked on games such as Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Battlefield, Ghostbusters, and Dawn of War to name a few. In his spare time, he's a pretty hardcore gamer, loves photography, and listens to British radio. Talent aside (and talk about talent! Check out some of Boyd’s work here), It’s Boyd’s passion for RPGs that helps make him a great fit at Beamdog! We can't wait to see what he creates for the future! Welcome Boyd!

We’re hiring! Come work with Robyn, Boyd, and the rest of the fine folk at Beamdog!

Join us as a:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Real Talk - Icewind Dale II, Enhanced Edition Patch Progress, and a Beamdog Client Update


Icewind Dale II

In the last few weeks, Enhanced Edition fans who follow Trent on Twitter may have noticed few tweets like these:


At this time, the source code for Icewind Dale II can not be found. We’ve reached out to former developers and publishers with no luck. No one seems to know where it’s got to. Consider this our open call to fans for the code, patched or otherwise.

We’d love to complete the Infinity Engine series and bring you all the game you’ve been asking for, but to make Icewind Dale II: Enhanced Edition a possibility, having that source code, preferably patched, is needed before we can even start assessing whether the project is doable.

UPDATE: If you personally have a copy of the code, we'd love to get in touch. Please do not contact former developers and other IWD2 team members on our behalf.

Enhanced Edition Patches

As mentioned in previous posts, the team is hard at work on iOS 64 bit patches to ensure Enhanced Edition players will be able to continue enjoying their games after iOS 11 is released. These patches will be released game-by-game in the months ahead, starting with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and will include a few bug fixes, but the focus will be on 64 bit compatibility.

The real fun begins once the 64 bit iOS patch series is complete. Planning has only just started on the patches for the Enhanced Edition titles beyond what we’re currently working on so committing to specific release dates, bug fixes, and features at this point is difficult. What we can say right now is that the next update series for BG:EE, BGII:EE, and IWD:EE will include the following:

  • Bug fixes and lots of them
  • A selection of community-requested features
  • 64 bit compatibility on all platforms
  • Restored multiplayer compatibility on all platforms
  • All stores updated to the latest version (Yes, even the Mac App store)
  • Completed localizations
  • And more!

Our attention is currently on BG:EE, BGII:EE, and IWD:EE, but we haven’t forgotten about Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition. As soon as we have more about updates on that front, we’ll be sure to share it!

Beamdog Client Update

A small patch for the Beamdog Client will be released today with the following updates:
  • Fixes for a few reported user issues 
  • Spanish and Italian localization for the Client
  • An updated version of the Beamdog logo

Friday, June 30, 2017

Change Your Game With Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition Mods!

Expand your planar adventures with mods.
The long lifespan of the Infinity Engine games can be attributed not only to the customization characters, amazing stories, and sheer amount of content, but also to the massive modding community that has grown alongside Baldur’s Gate and the other games using this engine. 

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is built on a modified version of the v2.3 Enhanced Edition Infinity Engine code developed to handle the unique challenge of Planescape: Torment. This updated code base means modding the game has become easier than ever!

Not all popular mods for the original Planescape: Torment have received updates for PST:EE yet, like Unfinished Business, which is reportedly being reworked for PST:EE, but there are still plenty of mods available. Read on and discover a few community favorites.

And even more in-game settings options!
1. Reveal Hidden Gameplay Options
by argent77

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition provides many settings, allowing players to choose how they want to experience PST:EE, but in certain cases, such as activating the debug console or using 3E Sneak Attacks, they’re not directly accessible in the in-game options menu, and have to be manually enabled in the game’s configuration file (baldur.lua file).

If you find editing files to be a hassle, then the Reveal Hidden Gameplay Options mod is for you. This mods adds a number of useful graphics and gameplay options directly to the game’s menu: enabling cheat keys and the debug console, allowing to use the spacebar to continue in dialogues, to pause game on map screen, and more.

The Nameless One’s magic can come from belief.
2. Power of Belief
by Aquadrizzt

The original team behind Planescape: Torment decided not to include the priest class for the Nameless One, after all, what god would answer his prayer? With the Power of Belief mod the Nameless One can become a priest, and this way Fall-from-Grace will no longer be your only cleric in the party.

The mod offers new dialogue that allows the Nameless One to become a Priest, as well as specialization bonuses for reaching 7th or 12th level as that class, tweaks to maces and war hammers, and new tattoos. Upon switching to the Priest, the Nameless One maintains his Fighter, Mage and Thief levels, and can always switch back to any of his previous classes.

Never miss a line of party conversation with this mod!
3. Banter Accelerator
by argent77

A much loved part of Qwinn's Planescape: Torment Tweak Pack was a banter accelerator that let players experience all 78 voiced banter lines in the game, many of which could be missed due to the amount of time needed for banters to show.

For Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition a new Banter Accelerator mod allows you to define how often party members will banter with each other. You can choose from a list of presets, or specify the desired values yourself.

Sleep well, everywhere.
4. Tweaks Anthology
by CamDawg

Quite recently, the Tweaks Anthology mod hit its milestone v1 release. Many of this mod’s components can work in Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition.

The Tweaks Anthology is a successor to BG2 Tweaks and several other tweak packs, and offers a compilation of fixes, cosmetic changes, and tweaks. They will run on every Infinity Engine game, from the original Planescape: Torment, through the Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate series, and the new Enhanced Editions of the games. Each component can be installed separately so you can pick and choose only which ones you want to install.

With this mod you can rest anywhere, choose how you gain hit points when leveling up, identify items, or allow arcane spellcasting in armor.

Get a closer look at the creatures you meet when travelling the planes.
5. Journal Portrait Conversations
by smeagolheart

The Journal Portrait Conversations mod became possible thanks to the Enhanced Edition code. This mod adds the appropriate bestiary entry to the left of the dialogue box when you initiate a conversation with Planescape NPCs and creatures.

It even works flawlessly with Easter Egg Morte and Leprechaun Annah (downloadable on planescape.com)
These are only a few of the Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition mods out there. The dedication, resourcefulness and talent of modders for our Enhanced Editions is incredible. We can’t wait to see what new mods the community will dream up!

Do you like playing Enhanced Editions with mods? Let us know which mods are your favorites on Facebook, Twitter, and in our forums.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Roundup - Sales, Patch News, and More!


We’re nearly through June and what month it’s been! The GOG Summer Sale has just finished, making way for the Steam Summer Sale! This month we’ve been matching prices on both sales on Beamdog.com, so be sure to let us know if you’ve picked up a deal through us.


All of our Enhanced Edition titles and soundtracks have been marked down on Steam and Beamdog.com, so it’s the perfect time to pick an adventure for the summer (and maybe one for the fall, and another for the winter…). If you haven’t picked up Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, you can now do so at 50% off - the best price this game has ever been at!



By popular demand, the official soundtracks for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition are now available on Beamdog.com and GOG. Act quick to get the soundtracks on sale on Steam, Beamdog, and (soon!) GOG!


So what have we been up to this month? Patch 3.1.3 was released for Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, fixing bugs reported by the community. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about the patch and are continuing to listen to what fans are saying about the game and what bugs they find.

Earlier in the month, we sent out a survey to our mailing list of Siege of Dragonspear: Collector’s Edition owners and the feedback we got back was invaluable. We’re still going through all the comments but from what we’ve seen, we’re sure your suggestions will absolutely help shape any future collector’s editions we create in the future.


Enhanced Edition owners on Steam were treated to a surprise last week when we released trading cards for our pre-PST:EE games. Since then we’ve seen an amazing number of messages from happy collectors and even a few reports of completed badges!

The team is continuing work on the iOS patches which include 64-bit support. With iOS 11 coming this fall, getting patches out to ensure owners of Enhanced Edition games on iTunes can continue to play their adventures is one of our top priorities. We’ll have more to share on these patches soon.

The Beamdog Client will also be seeing a patch in the near future fixing several reported issues and adding localization for Spanish and Italian users.

Oh, let’s not forget that the Beamdog team is growing! A few new faces will be joining us in the months ahead and we’re still taking applications for a Producer to help us bring new titles into the world. If you’ve got the skills, apply!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Enhanced Edition Steam Trading Cards

You must gather your trading cards to venture forth.
Beamdog fans on Steam have been asking for trading cards for some time now and today we’re excited to share that Steam trading cards are now available for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition!

Gotta collect 'em all!
Now, owners of each of our Enhanced Edition titles (including Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition) can collect sets of Steam trading cards to earn badges, emoticons, and backgrounds for those games. We can't wait to see just how fast it takes for the first person to craft a level five badge!