Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 Livestream Recap

“True Type Fonts support, keyholing and fine UI scaling will come to the PC version of NWN:EE soon!” ~ Luke
During today’s livestream Beamdog CEO Trent Oster and Producer Luke Rideout shared the latest news on Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, the mobile version of NWN:EE, and Infinity Engine games. They discussed features of the next patch for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition and answered a few community questions.

Missed the stream? It's on YouTube and Twitch! Here's a quick summary of the highlights:

  • Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition and Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition Official Soundtrack are 40% off on this weekend!
  • Web Developers, Programmers, Lead Programmers, and Technical Artists - start 2019 off right with a new job at Beamdog! Check out our career page and apply!
  • The 20th anniversary of Baldur’s Gate is coming up, and we’re preparing a special contest! Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to learn about it!
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition went live on Google Play this week, and it’s on the second spot in the current Top Paid Apps list!
  • A big thanks to all the beta testers who jumped in to play Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Android early! Your feedback really helped the team.
“The work on the new renderer for NWN:EE continues!” ~ Trent
  • The 2.6 patch for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will come later than we initially planned, as we ran into an unforeseen problem with the Dice, Camera, Action! Voice and Portrait Pack and the team pack.
  • According to Luke, Beamdog’s expansions, DLC and addons should be considered canon in the same way the original games are.
Luke shows dynamic scaling for different screen sizes in Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Google Play.
  • We’re working on the next patch for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. New main menu art, achievements, bug fixes and features, including True Type Fonts support, keyholing, and fine UI scaling will come to the desktop version of NWN:EE with the next stable patch.
  • Achievements are already available in Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Google Play, and they cover the original Neverwinter Nights campaign and two expansion packs (Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark).
  • Pirates of the Sword Coast, Infinite Dungeons, Wyvern Crown of Cormyr, and Darkness over Daggerford Premium Modules for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Google Play are purchasable through the in-game store menu. Once you do, they will automatically download to your device. Classic Premium modules are $2.99 (USD) each, and Darkness Over Daggerford on Mobile is $4.99 (USD). The size of each module is different and depends on the module: Pirates of the Sword Coast is only about 170MB, while Wyvern Crown of Cormyr is over 1GB.
  • We’re working on implementing a solution for multi-language builds of Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition in the Beamdog Client. We're shifting to a singular core game that includes text for all available languages, with audio and video available as a free separate download.
  • NWSync will soon get updates, including auto-removing old manifests from clients when servers generate new ones, auto-reconnect users after a transfer finishes, and live-reloading resources from override.
  • Currently we do not officially support Chrome OS devices for the mobile version of NWN:EE. We’ll look into the possibility of adding such support.
  • Rendering skyboxes in the Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Toolset can be implemented, but it needs to be fit into a queue of other Toolset tasks.
  • We still have a little work on decrypting some of the NWN:EE Premium Modules and cleaning up some old remnants of internal DRM that needs to be done.

Excited for what’s next? Come and join the next livestream next Friday!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Launches On Google Play

Today’s the day, Android Neverwinter Nights fans! Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has just launched on Google Play!

It’s been incredible seeing the Neverwinter Nights community react to the Enhanced Edition. We’re seeing fans of the original returning to build new content and all-new players exploring persistent worlds. 

Now, for only $9.99 USD, you can take your adventures with you and play with friends on other platforms, all from your phone or tablet. That said, we’re not done yet! Like the desktop version of NWN:EE, we’ll be continuing to release fixes and features to keep making your Neverwinter Nights experience better! Keep an eye on our social channels and livestreams to find out more.

Thank you to all the dedicated adventurers who played the Google Play Beta, provided feedback, and helped us finalize the Android release. You are awesome and the provided feedback will help make NWN:EE on Google Play even better! Everyone who purchased the Beta now owns the full Android release of Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Google Play. 

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Google Play includes all the playable content of the desktop version:

The original Neverwinter Nights campaign: Find yourself at the center of intrigue, betrayal, and dark magic in Neverwinter Nights. Journey through dangerous cities, monster filled dungeons and deep into uncharted wilderness in search of the cure for a cursed plague ravaging the city of Neverwinter. 

Two expansion packs: 
Shadows of Undrentide: Another adventure begins in Shadows of Undrentide! Charged by your master to recover four ancient artifacts, travel from the Silver Marches to unravel mysteries of a long-dead magical civilization. 
Hordes of the Underdark: Continue the adventure started in Shadows of Undrentide and journey into the ever-more bizarre and hostile depths of Undermountain to challenge a gathering evil.

Three free downloadable premium modules: 
Discover over 40 hours of new stories in Kingmaker, ShadowGuard, and Witch's Wake, then go on to sample the hundreds of modules created by community members just like you.


How to Install Custom Content to Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Your Android Device

In order to install custom content to Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Android, you will need a way to add files onto the Android file system. We suggest you use a desktop computer and a USB connector cable (data cable).

In order to view your Android device’s file system from your desktop device, please see the following Google Support Page:

On your desktop browser, open the Android Device as a remote drive, and navigate to the following folder:

Android > data > com.beamdog.nwnandroid > files > user

NOTE: There is also a “data” directory. This is used by the game to store base game data. Patches will overwrite or delete your modifications. Make sure to only modify the “user” directory.

If the device does not show any content, please ensure that you have chosen to “Allow access to phone data” when prompted on the phone.

Custom content downloaded to your desktop can be installed to Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Android by dropping files into the appropriate sub-folder:
  • Modules should be installed to the modules folder
  • Hak packs should be installed to the hak folder
  • Talk tables should be installed to the tlk folder
  • Override packs should be installed to the override folder
  • Custom portraits should be installed to the portraits folder
The directory layout in user mirrors what the Desktop version of the game uses. If any of the above folders do not exist, they can be created and placed into the user folder.

In order to import a save file, navigate to the following folder:

Android > data > com.beamdog.nwnandroid > files > user > saves

Save games can be dropped into this folder, and can also be copied from this folder into the desktop version of the game.

For hundreds of community created modules and more, check out, a fantastic Neverwinter Nights community of content creators.