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SSI Forgotten Realms RPGs Released on GOG
Game News - posted by Infinitron on Thu 20 August 2015, 16:08:20Tags: Curse of the Azure Bonds; DreamForge Intertainment; Dungeon Hack; Eye of the Beholder; Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon; Eye of the Beholder 3: Assault on Myth Drannor; Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures; Gateway to the Savage Frontier; Hillsfar; Menzoberranzan; Pool of Radiance; Pools of Darkness; Secret of the Silver Blades; Stormfront Studios; Strategic Simulations, Inc.; Treasures of the Savage Frontier; Westwood Studios
Earlier this month, GOG-watching Codexer Blackstaff brought to our attention this video of an interview with a GOG employee at Gamescom. Said employee revealed that GOG were planning to release an oldschool 1980s RPG franchise this month. It would be a "huge" release, one that they'd negotiated for four years to acquire for the site. Our knowledgeable users immediately realized that the mention of the word "huge" probably narrowed down the options to either the first five Wizardry games or SSI's AD&D RPGs, while the mention of extensive negotiations seemed to point towards the latter. As usual, our users were correct.
I'm pleased to announce that today, for the first time since Interplay's last compilation re-release in 2001, the classic SSI Forgotten Realms RPGs are available for purchase. That includes all of the Forgotten Realms Gold Box RPGs, the Eye of the Beholder series from Westwood, as well as sundry others such as Dungeon Hack, Menzoberranzan and Hillsfar. Divided into three separate collections, the release appears to be identical to Interplay's three-part Forgotten Realms: The Archives compilation re-release from 1999, but without the newer D&D-themed RTS Blood & Magic that they included in its third part. And of course, since this is a Forgotten Realms collection, it doesn't include SSI's D&D games set in the worlds of Dragonlance, Dark Sun, and others. Hopefully all of those will come later.
Anyway, here's GOG's writeup:
You are sitting in a tavern. The mighty Wizards of the Coast bestow upon you their greatest treasures: Forgotten Realms: The Archives - long lost relics of an RPG renaissance that changed the face of gaming forever. Today, one of the forgotten grails of gaming history is within your grasp, should you travel to a magical, DRM-free realm known as GOG.com.
Eye of the Beholder, Pool of Radiance, Menzoberranzan - the list of groundbreaking RPG classics goes on. We set out on the quest for Forgotten Realms: The Archives a long time ago, and though it was a perilous journey - after years of searching, huge help from our friends at Hasbro and Wizards of The Coast, as well as months of technical work - we get to be freaking excited to sit here and say:
Forgotten Realms: The Archives are available now, DRM-free on GOG.com
The Archives are a set of thirteen D&D GoldBox classics packaged across three collections:
--Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection One features Eye of the Beholder I, II, and III. It's the three and only, the gold-standard in classic RPG dungeon crawling.
--Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two features more gameplay hours and secrets than we could ever count - with Pool of Radiance, Hillsfar, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Pools of Darkness, Secret of the Silver Blades, Treasures of the Savage Frontier, and D&D: Unlimited Adventures.
--Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Three features near-infinite replay value and and an important chunk of RPG history with Dungeon Hack and Menzoberranzan.
We are now home to precisely 20 years of digital D&D RPG history - from Pool of Radiance (1988) to Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (2008). You can also complete your personal collection with all the remaining D&D titles on sale at up to 80% off in our early D&D Weekend Promo! Planescape Torment, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights - they're all here, so head straight to the promo page, or read more about it.