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A New Chapter Set to Unfold in the Baldur’s Gate Saga

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A new edition to the Baldur’s Gate saga has been announced. Beamdog President and founder, Trent Oster, took the stage at the Alberta Art Gallery to announce Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Siege of Dragonspear fills a gap in the story that occurs between Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2. Beamdog has shepherded the Baldur’s Gate franchise with their release and support of the Enhanced Editions. The game will be an expansion for Baldur’s Gate 1 Enhanced Edition. You’ll be able to keep your character from BGEE1, and take it through the expansion and into BGEE2 for an all-encompassing Baldur’s Gate experience.

In Siege of Dragonspear you’ll lead an army of misfit mercenaries into battle against a crusade of zealots lead by “The Shining Lady.” Beamdog claims the story will be over 25 hours long and will look and feel the same as the originals; it runs on the Infinity Engine, in keeping with the Baldur’s Gate franchise.

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Siege of Dragonspear is Beamdog’s first complete in-house production. It has been developed by a team of approximately 36 developers, writers, and voice actors, many of whom have been involved in the series during its 18 year run. Jim Cummings, Jennifer Hale, and Mark Meer will return to their voice-over roles in this latest addition. Beamdog has employed artist Nat Jones to oversee Art Direction. Nat is known for his comic ’68, his work on 30 Days of Night, Death Dealer, and the always legendary Spawn. Andrew Foley, who co-wrote Cowboys & Aliens and the graphic novel Parting Ways is heading-up the writing for Siege of Dragonspear. Beamdog has also added composer Sam Hulick to the team who is known for his work on the Mass Effect franchise and both Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Editions.

The new addition to the saga includes seven new chapters that cover more than 70 new areas. There will be other new additions to the game, such as combat health bars, inventory highlighting, additional difficulty settings, journal pop-ups, and the addition of a new class, the Shaman.

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear has no fixed release date yet but Beamdog is working hard to ship before the end of 2015.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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