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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Note About That Planescape Concept Art



A note from Trent on the Planescape concept art going around:

The Beamdog creative and art teams often explore concepts, pitches, and designs touching on different Dungeons & Dragons and unique settings. This was the case of the Planescape: Unraveled character concepts shown in the recently released STORYHIVE Next Level documentary.

At any given time, there are a few of these exploration projects happening in different parts of the studio. They’re typically not shared outside of the company as they can be interpreted as a new project.

We do these exploration projects as a way to find new ways to bring different ideas and creative styles to projects we’re working on. We’ve found it’s a great way to let the creative team stretch themselves and expand their skills. Occasionally, we return to these explorative projects and incorporate them into other things we’re working on.

Does this mean a new Planescape game is currently in the works at at Beamdog? Afraid not, the team is hard at work on other projects at this time. Planescape is an amazing setting that we enjoyed exploring as a part of developing Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition and we’d love to visit it again in the future. Only the Lady of Pain knows if that’ll happen, and she’s not sharing.

Friday, November 3, 2017

October Roundup – Fan Art Contest, PST:EE Update, & More!

October is over, and as usual, things were busy at Beamdog!

Fan Art Contest

The 2017 Infinity Engine Fan-art Contest: Enhanced Edition is well underway and so far, the entries are thoroughly wild! The quality and variety of the submissions is unprecedented. We can’t wait to see what is submitted next!

The Isle of the Tangled Oak, Baldur's Gate inspired area art, by LavaDelVortel
Make sure you vote for your favorite here!

Czech localization for PST:EE

After a brief beta, we’ve added Czech to the list of playable languages for Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition on Steam. We plan to bring that localization to Beamdog, GOG, Mac App Store, Google Play and the iOS App Store in future patches.

Did you participate in the beta? Let us know what you thought!

Chronicle of the Plains of Shale

The latest issue of Dragon+ features a Planescape short story by Chris Avellone, Chronicle of the Plain of Shale. Chris wrote it for Planescape: Torment many years ago, explaining a few artifacts and creatures in the game, but it had never been published. The story is accompanied by art by Eric Campanella and a second and fifth edition Dungeon & Dragons bestiary of creatures unique to Planescape: Torment!


The Infinity Collection Expanded

The Infinity Collection bundle on Steam now includes Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, the Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition Official Soundtrack, and the Baldur's Gate: Faces of Good and Evil portrait pack. Enjoy everything in one discounted package!

Patches

Work continues on the 2.5 update series for IWD:EE, BG:EE and BGII:EE. Track the progress of public tickets on Redmine and submit any bugs & feature requests you have, or ask our Community Specialist, Julius, to help you out.

Halloween

Halloween is always fun around Beamdog! Nearly half of the office dressed up, although many were unavailable for pictures. Our favorite has to be Hot Dog! Did we mention that Beamdog is dog friendly? Another great perk of working here!
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Steam Halloween Sale 2017



Treat yourself to something sweet in the Steam Halloween sale! Every Beamdog title is discounted up to 50% off!

Act quick! The sale only lasts until 10am PDT November 1st!

Games
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition - 25% off

Soundtracks
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition - 50% off
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition - 25% off
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear - 50% off

DLC
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear - 50% off
Baldur’s Gate: Faces of Good and Evil portrait pack - 25% off

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Infinity Engine Fan-art Contest: Enhanced Edition

Participate in the biggest official Infinity Engine Fan-art Contest of the last decade!

November 28, 2017, marks the 5-year anniversary of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and we’re holding an art contest to celebrate! It’s time to summon your skills and try your luck in the 2017 Infinity Engine Fan-art Contest: Enhanced Edition.

Contest Rules
The theme of this contest is Enhanced Editions:
  • Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition (including Siege of Dragonspear)
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
  • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
  • Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition

To enter, all you have to do is draw, sculpt, model, compose, bake, or otherwise create something related to these games and post a picture/photo of it on the Beamdog forum in this thread. From your favorite characters to landscapes, if it appears in an Enhanced Edition, it’s fair game for the contest.

It must be original work (as in, YOU created it, not someone else) and previously never published anywhere. Enter as many times as you’d like, but you’ll only be able to win a single prize. Other community members will vote for your works by giving reactions to your posts.

Submissions must be made between October 25, 2017, 10:00 AM PST, and November 20, 2017, 23:59 PM PST.

The Grand Prize Winner and 3 Runners-Up will be decided by the amount of reactions their posts get from forum users. The pictures/photos which get more “likes”, “agrees”, “insightfuls”, “promotes” in total, will win. The period of getting reactions will exceed the submission period by 6 days.

Reactions will be counted between October 25, 2017, 10:00 AM PST, and November 26, 2017, 23:59 PM PST.

Our team will also pick their own favorite to decide on the Beamdog’s Choice Prize Winner.

Contest Prizes
We are offering several fabulous prizes:

1 Grand Prize Package
The winner of the Grand Prize will receive Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Collector’s Edition signed by the team.

1 Beamdog’s Choice Package
Our team will chose their own favorite who will receive a special MYSTERY swag pack including a digital copy of Beamdog’s next game when it’s released!

3 Runners-Up Prize Packages
Each Runner-Up will receive their choice of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition / Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition physical copies, OR a digital version of Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, OR  a digital version of Siege of Dragonspear, OR their choice of an Enhanced Edition on mobile with all the DLCs.

All winning pictures/photos and the Runners-up will be published on the Beamblog in an article dedicated to the the 5-year anniversary of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.

Excited? Get out there, create, post, and vote!

Good luck, everyone!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition v3.1.4 Now Available On Steam!



Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition Update 3.1.4 is now live on Steam. 

Thank you everyone who left feedback and localization requests for other languages during the PST:EE Czech localization beta! We've logged reported bugs and are going through all your suggestions on ways we can improve.

Also a big thank you to the Czech translation lead, Edvin for all his work in localizing
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition.

Czech localization will be rolled out on Beamdog, GOG, and the Mac App store in the near future and will be included on Google Play and the iOS App Store in a later patch. 

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition v3.1.4 Patch Notes:

  • Added Czech localization