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Game News Beamdog announce Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Make America Great Again Infinitrongender: ⚧ I post news Patron

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    Tags: Beamdog; Neverwinter Nights; Trent Oster

    It may or may not be a coincidence that Beamdog chose to announce their next game just days after we gave them some press with our little Planescape scoop. Having given up on remaking Icewind Dale 2, they're finally leaving the Infinity Engine behind and moving on to the next D&D game on the list. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is both the most and least obvious game Beamdog could enhance. On one hand, the original Neverwinter Nights is a title that's very close to the heart of Trent Oster, who was its project director and lead designer. On the other hand, the scope for improving it is almost endless, making an Enhanced Edition a potentially daunting project for a small studio. And indeed, Beamdog's rerelease looks like it's going to be more of a version upgrade than the ground-up remake the Infinity Engine got, with full backward compatibility for mods. Here's the game's announcement trailer and press release:



    Beamdog to release Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

    EDMONTON, ALBERTA - November 21, 2017. Video game developer Beamdog has announced the return of a classic. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is now available to pre-order on Beamdog for $19.99 USD and is available to wishlist on Steam.

    As of November 21, 2017, Beamdog will begin selecting lucky fans from the pre-order pool on Beamdog.com for the Head Start program. This program allows pre-order owners to play, import modules, and update persistent world servers early.

    “Neverwinter Nights was a unique game that distilled the essence of Dungeons & Dragons and allowed players to build, share and act as Dungeon Master for amazing gaming experiences.” said Trent Oster, Beamdog CEO. “I think this unique combination makes Neverwinter Nights one of the most versatile role playing game experiences of all time.” Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition combines the familiarity of the Forgotten Realms with new features like advanced graphic shaders, 4k support, updated translations (French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish) and the fan community’s most requested bug fixes.

    The release is accompanied by a Digital Deluxe bundle which includes three of the original premium modules (Pirates of the Sword Coast, Infinite Dungeons, and Wyvern Crown of Cormyr), two soundtracks collecting all of the original music, and a new portrait pack. Each piece of DLC will be available to wishlist on Steam All content will be available on Windows, macOS, and Linux. “I invite everyone interested in the future of Neverwinter Nights to join the Beamdog forums,” said Oster. “We hope it will become a new home where you can speak directly with the development team. We need to know what YOU want to see Neverwinter Nights become, and we'll do our best to meet and exceed those expectations."

    To join the Beamdog community, visit our forums at http://forums.beamdog.com

    More information on Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition can be found at http://nwn.beamdog.com.
    Over eight years after they were taken down from sale, it appears the Neverwinter Nights Premium Modules will be premium once more. Though according to the description on the press kit site, the Enhanced Edition will include the expansions and Kingmaker modules, same as the Diamond Edition currently available on GOG. The game will be formally announced on Beamdog's Twitch channel today at 12:00 PST, at which point we might learn more.
     
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    For fuck's sake...
     
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    BTW will GOG NWN still be available after that piece of shit EE comes out or is it going to be taken down just like BG and PSt????
     
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    NWN wasn't a very good game already; can't wait to see how much more into the terrible will Beamdog manage to push it.

    Okay, I watched the trailer and I fail to notice the 'Enhanced' part... In fact, it looks like shit. Inb4 the biggest change is making it available for iPad.
     
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    >Beamdog is working on a new 'Planscape' game!
    >Beamdog is not working on a new 'Planescape' game!
    >Beamdog announces 'Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition'!


    ...please just let me off the ride
     
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    That was unexpected,inb4 NWN2 and Mask of the Betrayer EE
     
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    I think you've answered your own question!
     
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    Divinity: Original Sin 2
    To be fair, this is the first game of their remastered sagas that didn't need any update.

    It works fine today even at 4k.

    They are just making minimal unneeded changes and updating the price from 7 to 20€.
     
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    What the fuck have they "Enhanced" this time? It's obvious all the textures and Polygonal Models are the very fucking same, the UI and almost everything else seems to be the same too, they haven't even resized it.

    This is what an "Enhanced" Early 3D game should look like:


    They even did it "better" before themselves, are they regressing? Have they fired their 3D Modelers now too?
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    They can't keep getting away with it. :argh::argh::argh:
     
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    ^ Well, from the reddit thread it looks like they didn't need to enhance much - lots of people saying they'll buy it for 20$ if only to avoid problems running it on modern systems.
     
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    Reading the news forum, I sincerely thought the headline was a joke by Infinitron.
     
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    If they scrap OpenGL then it's enhanced in my book.
     
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    Will it come with all the expansions?
     
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    From the description:

     
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    Why u ask? Are you considering something?

    I'm glad I have it already on my gog account. Not that it's must have or anything...
     
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    Loved this game at the time, OC and Shadows of Undertide. Real-time shadows and synced combat animations looked very nice.

    Not needing to control companions and a banal story made the game kinda brainless though. Still, good memories.
     
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    Maybe I'm crazy but NWN, with its combination of thin story and characterization, non-open-world design, and non-persistent multiplayer seems extremely ill-suited to the current market.
     
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    Indeed I am thinking of getting it... Eventually, I won't give beamdog full price for it tho.
     
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    at least port it to the Infinity Engine you pricks

    an 'enhanced' aurora engine game seems like an oxymoron since the engine is so shit
     
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    Unless they are going to enhance all the modules why bother?
     
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    You really need to ask? :lol:
     
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    Enhanced in this case means more worse.
    Original still works perfectly on Wine, so whatever.
     
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