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Game News Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Released + Trent Oster Interview

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by Infinitron, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Beamdog; Icewind Dale; Trent Oster

    Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has just been released. They haven't put together any new trailer or anything, but Beamdog CEO Trent Oster did give a fairly interesting interview over at PCGamesN yesterday, where he spoke a bit about the differences between BioWare and Black Isle games, and about Beamdog's plans for the future. So I'll quote some of that here to give this post some substance:

    “Icewind Dale was kind of this left-turn where you just jumped out and it was all about the bashing and combat and winning the fight and wondering what was around the next corner, that was going to be as challenging or even more challenging than what you just fought,” said Oster.

    “At BioWare at some points we tried to introduce puzzles that were different. Icewind Dale is like combat puzzles. And they’re just fun.”

    Just as BioWare and their publishing counterparts at Black Isle were getting to grips with the possibilities of their engine, so too were their players. They salivated at the chance to spend two hours in character creation - building an entire six-person party from the ‘gender’ button onwards, rolling and re-rolling their stats as they went.

    “I think that’s where a lot of the satisfaction of Icewind Dale comes from,” said Oster. “By knowing the rules and by being able to build great combination characters and play them how they’re intended, you can do some amazing things that you wouldn’t think are possible with a party.”

    By the turn of the millenium, BioWare had learned to play their henchmen off against each other to produce their juiciest dialogue. But Black Isle’s Icewind Dale, with its player-made party members, didn’t have that. Nor did it have the conversation-filled city hubs that punctuate play in Baldur’s Gate. What it had in great, snowy dollops was something Black Isle had learned on Fallout: atmosphere.

    “Those guys were good,” recalled Oster. “To me Black Isle was always about really, really strong artwork, and it still looks phenomenal. It’s just haunting.

    “Initially we were pretty intimidated by it, but once we started working with the content we were like, ‘Man, this stuff is so beautiful, it holds up so well’.”

    When Black Isle did allow themselves to unsheath their quills, Oster reckons they often outdid BioWare - whose plots were more “convoluted”.

    “I always found Black Isle’s writing to be a lot more direct, a lot shorter,” he said. “At BioWare I think we tended to get a little novelistic. Whereas Chris’ stuff was more colloquial, and more accessible.”
    Hmmm, I'm not sure that's quite how I'd characterize MCA's writing style, particularly back then. But it's an interesting take. IWD:EE is now available on Steam, GOG, or direct from Beamdog, for the price of 20 dollars.
     
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    It is aware it can no longer harvest brofists, yes? Yet it is still newsposting, about a game with a 'story mode', no less. Odd.
     
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    Is there a term for posting shit news, similar to the term "shitposting"?
     
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    Remember, you guys aren't getting any brofists for posting those posts, either. :M
     
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  6. Harold Arcane

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  7. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    GameBanshee review: http://www.gamebanshee.com/reviews/114679-icewind-dale-enhanced-edition-review/all-pages.html

     
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  8. aVENGER Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Developer

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    One note on the Gamebanshee review.

    We didn't remove the highlighting functionality, it's just mapped to the TAB key now (like in BG2). It used to be mapped to the ALT key in the original Icewind Dale which is probably what confused the reviewer.
     
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    These are not the words I would use either, but one of MCA's strength, at least "back then", is that his dialogs tended to lean towards verisimilitude, and thus felt natural and realistic, while Bioware' style was/is not simply "convoluted" or "novelistic" but stiff and wooden—interesting way of turning a flaw into a strength.
     
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    A prime example for how easy is to confuse a modern game reviewer.
     
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    How does mod compatability look?
     
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    It's a bit early to tell with certainty, but technically, everything that worked on BGII:EE should also work on IWD:EE. Similarly, mods aimed at the original IWD should work on IWD:EE.

    However, a new WeiDU version is required to properly detect IWD:EE since it's a brand new game. It should be out in the next few weeks. When that happens, I know that at least CamDawg and myself will be updating our mods for IWD:EE. ;)
     
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    Cool, keep us updated. Unlike BG:EE I might actually buy this one.
     
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    Yes, I'd love to purchase a game that's essentially back-to-back RTwP battles a second time, for $20.

    Wait a minute....
     
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    Why is this person doing a review for GameBanshee? IGN I would understand but GB?

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    What's so great about the new interface, anyway? He didn't pointed out anything in particular.
     
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    At least this one doesn't seem completely incompetent (not bugged to eternity and back) and has some actual improvements over vanilla + mods (IWD needed the kits badly, they should've been implemented with HoW and the mod that tried to add them was horribly bugged afair).

    The pricing is still beyond retarded however.
     
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    IWD needs kits like I need warts on my balls. Unless your idea of fun is playing a combat-centric game in what is basically easy-mode thanks to kits, and there's even a story mode on top of that ffs. Sawyer must be spinning in his... chair.
     
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    It needs kits because party development in IWD is fucking boring and kits spice it up a little bit. Of course if people making it were competent, they would balance the game for the occasion, but they didn't give a fuck with BG1 and so they don't give a fuck here. There's also stuff like protection from level drain when there are no enemies that can level drain you etc.
     
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    This lack of brofists is sad.......

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    Won't get brofists for this post ;(
     
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