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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Announced

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It seems like one of the RPG greats is getting an overhaul. After a 24-hour countdown that ended today, Atari, Wizards of the Coast and Overhaul Games have announced a remake of Baldur’s Gate I & II. Using a newly assembled team that includes some of the developers of the original game, and a revamped Infinity Engine that includes modern improvements, they look to “enhance this timeless classic.”

Baldur’s Gate, a Dungeon and Dragons game developed by Bioware and released in 1998, was critically acclaimed by critics and gamers alike. It’s sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, also developed by Bioware and released in 2000, was also met with worldwide acclaim. Both games have won various awards.

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Judgment Producer: Friendship System Makes Yagami “A Much More Deeper Character”

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Judgment producer Kazuki Hosokawa has discussed new introduction of the friendship system and its effect on creating Yagami’s deeper character.

Judgment shares a lot with the Yakuza series, and, as it turns out, both games were in development at the same time. Players will go back to the streets of Kamurocho, but this time as a dynamic detective named Takayuki Yagami in a new courtroom-thriller narrative. Players will have to subtly follow suspects and search crime scenes for evidence. Judgment will suit Yakuza fans, but casual players should not miss it.

In an interview with Twinfinite, Hosokawa shares more details about the introduction of the friendship system, and the effect on Yagami’s personality.

When asked about why he chose to develop the friendship system, Hosokawa explained the main reason is to reinforce Yagami’s character.

The friendship event actually developed when we were thinking about how to solidify the character of Yagami… Interacting with the townspeople that are also living in Kamurocho gives Yagami a much more deeper character.”

Hosokawa is significantly trying to focus on depth of character for Yagami. His aim appears to be to create a fully dimensional protagonist who draws players into the story. Therefore, using aspects like a home neighbourhood and friendship events help to create simple everyday examples of relationship and character building.

Whilst Hosokawa is predominantly used to making games for PlayStation, he indicated that Rya Ga Gotoku Studio is considering making internal preparations enabling easier switching to the PlayStation 5 for future developments.

“We are definitely thinking as a studio and considering the changes in the platforms… we want to utilize these new specifications whenever we are developing anything new.”

However Hosokawa also did not rule out the possibility of cross-platforming Judgment by porting the title to other platforms.

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